Afghanistan to play their first ever Test against India in 2019-20

BCCI CEO Rahul Johri will apprise the members of what transpired at the recently concluded ICC workshop on FTP in Singapore

BCCI CEO Rahul Johri will apprise the members of what transpired at the recently concluded ICC workshop on FTP in Singapore

India has also not kept Pakistan amongst its six proposed opponents for the World Test Championship beginning in 2019.

Afghanistan was granted Test status in June this year along with Ireland after a unanimous vote at an International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting during its annual conference in London.

The BCCI did not say if the Test against Afghanistan is included in India's 81 home matches scheduled for 2019-2023, leading to speculation that the two nations are looking to play the match next year. The latest report has come through PTI with their tweet stating, "India to host Afghanistan for their first ever Test match".

Atif Mashal, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chairman, said on Twitter that the date and venue will be announced soon.

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Cricket has a long history in Afghanistan, but the country played amongst the sport's minnows until gaining one-day International (ODI) status in 2011.

Earlier, Afghanistan were supposed to play Australia in their first Test in 2019 but Board of Control for Cricket in India acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary on Monday said that India, because of their historic relationshio with Afghanistan, will host the neighbours for a Test match. The team from the war-ravaged nation has hosted its home games in India, most recently the series against Ireland in Greater Noida.

The RCA filed a suit against its suspension by the BCCI, to which the board had asked the association to withdraw all pending cases and not to involve the cricket board in any case. However, this is the first time India would be hosting an ODI World Cup completely, thus not sharing the hosting rights with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. In this period India are likely to play 37 Tests, 67 ODIs and 54 T20Is.

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