Afghanistan to play inaugural Test in June

Glen Mclaughlin
January 17, 2018

Afghanistan earned their Test status in June past year, along with Ireland.

The first-ever India-Afghanistan Test match will be played in June before Virat Kohli's men leave for the tour of Ireland and England, the acting secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Amitabh Choudhary said on Tuesday.

The war-torn nation s team has played the majority of its home games in India, which supported its quest for Test status. "It was only in the fitness of things that Afghanistan opened their global innings in India", he added.

"It will be a historic day for Afghanistan and everybody is waiting for it", Afghanistan cricket board chairman Atif Mashal said in New Delhi.

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India now top the world Test rankings. The Test match against Afghanistan would hence be coming before that.

Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi became the first two Afghanistan cricketers to be bought at the IPL auction previous year.

Ireland, along with Afghanistan, were given Test status by the ICC in June previous year, with Ireland announcing their first ever Test will be against Pakistan in Malahide in May.

Thirteen Afghan players have registered themselves for the IPL auction this year, which will take place on January 27 and January 28.

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