Afghans to play maiden Test in June

It was only 14 years ago that Afghanistan got affiliation from the International Cricket Council, and come June 2018, they will turn a new page in their cricketing history when they play India in their first ever Test match. The BCCI announced the decision after a meeting with officials from the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) here. However, Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru will host the one-off Test match between India and Afghanistan.

Eight out of the 12 Test playing nations have been part of day-night cricket but not top-ranked India.

After some impressive performances in the limited overs format, the team, along with Ireland, were handed Test status in June past year.

India top the ICC Test rankings and have beaten Afghanistan in each of the three limited-overs fixtures between the sides.

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India now top the world Test rankings.

Afghanistan and Ireland were granted five-day status in June previous year by the International Cricket Council, becoming the 11th and 12th Test-playing nations.

Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi became the first two Afghanistan cricketers to be bought at the IPL auction previous year. 13 Afghan players have registered themselves for the IPL auction which will be held in January 27-28.

  • Ismael Montgomery