New Delhi: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Joint Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary has confirmed that Afghanistan will play their first ever Test against India in India. Afghanistan was accorded 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. Also Read - Pakistan To Strengthen Ties With Afghanistan: PM Imran Khan
While Ireland will host Pakistan for their maiden Test, Afghanistan will tour to India for their historic first Test as confirmed by Chaudhary. However, there is no confirmation regarding the date and venue. Also Read - Abu Muhsin Al-Masri, Al-Qaeda's Second-in-command on FBI's Most Wanted List Killed by Afghan Security Forces
“Afghanistan will play their first test, versus India and in India,” BCCI Joint Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary was quoted as saying by ANI. Also Read - Even Pakistan, Afghanistan Handled Covid-19 Better: Rahul Gandhi Takes a Dig at Govt Over IMF Projections
Bangladesh was the last country to be granted Test status in 2000. With Afghanistan and Ireland’s addition, the number of full member teams has gone up to 12 now.
Afghanistan’s rise has been an impressive one, they were given the ODI status in 2011.
As per various reports, according to the revised Future Tours Programme (FTP), India will play around 158 international matches between 2019 and 2023. In this period India are likely to play 37 Tests, 67 ODIs and 54 T20Is.