Published: Mon, December 11, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

India agree to be Afghanistan's first Test opponents

India agree to be Afghanistan's first Test opponents

India have made a decision to host Afghanistan for their first debut Test match in 2019-20 after they were awarded Test status by International Cricket Council in June earlier this year.

BCCI CEO Rahul Johri too confirmed with his tweet by welcoming Afghanistan to Test cricket and they will play against India.

Talks of bilateral ties are never incomplete without talking about India-Pakistan games, but the official said that the arch-rivalry is not something that can be resumed any time soon as there is more to the commitment between the two teams than just BCCI or PCB.

"Afghans were scheduled to play their first Test in 2019 versus Australia but considering the historical relationship between India and Afghanistan, we chose to host their first Test", said Chaudhary.

Besides welcoming them into five-day cricket, the BCCI has extended a helping hand to Afghanistan on a number of occasions.

Earlier this year, Afghanistan and Ireland were confirmed as full members after a unanimous vote at an International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting in London.

Afghanistan will play their inaugural Test match against India in 2018. As a result, the franchise just played the 2011 season, where they finished eighth out of 10 teams.

The allotment of the same was done back in June 2013 itself, with India receiving the hosting rights of the World T20 in 2016, the Champions Trophy in two years time from now, and the World Cup that will follow four years after the event in England and Wales in 2019. In addition, Afghanistan will become the only 2nd foreign team to begin their Test journey in India after Pakistan.

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