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Afghanistan's inaugural Test against India confirmed

Afghanistan was granted Test status by ICC last year
Afghanistan was granted Test status by ICC last year

Afghanistan Cricket Board has confirmed that they will play their inaugural Test match against their Asian neighbour India in June with Bengaluru being chosen as the venue.

Afghanistan along with Ireland were granted Test status by the International Cricket Council in June last year, taking the count of the Test playing nations to 12.

Earlier, Afghanistan were set to play Zimbabwe in a Test series in the United Arab Emirates but Zimbabwe Cricket turned down the offer as they wanted to focus on the Qualifiers leading into the World Cup.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India had earlier allowed Afghanistan to use the stadium in Greater Noida as their home venue for hosting Ireland and acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary admitted that India will welcome them on what will be a historic moment for Asghar Stankizai side.

“Afghanistan and India have been traditional friends, even diplomatically, for ages and it’s only appropriate that Afghanistan opened its international innings in India,” said Choudhary.

“At that point of time in the year, there will be rains almost everywhere, and where there will not be rain, there will be such heat that cricket would be practically impossible during day time."

ACB chief executive Shafiq Stanikzai said the June test will be a dream-come-true for the Afghanistan players, and would trigger the sport’s growth.

“Cricket has a bright future in Afghanistan. We have raw talents, the only thing is we need is to polish them and give them proper exposure,” he said.

“Our target is to be a competitive side in test cricket in the coming three years.”

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