Afghanistan is all set to play its maiden Test match against India from 14-18 June in Bengaluru. The decision was announced after a meeting between officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on Tuesday.
Afghanistan’s maiden Test match will come nearly a year after they were inducted as a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC). The ICC had inducted them after a meeting in June 2017.
Another country that became an ICC member, Ireland, is also expected to play its first Test match in 2018, likely against Pakistan, in the middle of the year. The addition of these two had taken the number of full ICC members to 12.
Afghanistan had approached India for a Test match in October last year after a move to schedule a Test match with Zimbabwe did not succeed.
The MA Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru was chosen as most other major venues across the country might see rains since the monsoon would have set in by then. Information about the historic one-off Test match was tweeted by the BCCI. The BCCI announced the “historic India v Afghanistan Test” on Twitter.
Afghanistan’s cricket board too took to Twitter after the decision.
— Afghan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) January 16, 2018
India has hosted matches played by the war-ravaged country’s national team in the past.
Afghanistan had been granted full One Day International (ODI) status in 2011. They made their first appearance at the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015 and recorded a famous one-wicket victory over Scotland.
They have also had a fairly successful run in the T20 International matches.
Two players from the country, Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi, the all-rounder who was the team’s captain at the World Cup, had become the first to be bought during an Indian Premier League (IPL) auction in 2017. Over a dozen Afghan players are registered for the auction of IPL 2018.