Afghanistan to play first-ever Test in India

Afghanistan to play first-ever Test in India

Afghanistan cricket team will play its first ever Test against India in India, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary confirmed Monday, the Hindustan Times reported.

The tournament is supposed to be held in September next year, but the freeze in sporting ties with Pakistan seems to be getting worse by the day due to tense relations between the neighbouring countries.

The BCCI did not say if the Test against Afghanistan is included in India's 81 home matches scheduled for 2019-2023, leading to speculation that the two nations are looking to play the match next year.

The BCCI also chose to revoke the four-year suspension of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) and the board also refused to accept the demand of getting the dope tests done through the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).

In another first, India will host Afghanistan for a Test match between the two teams.

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Afghanistan and Ireland were awarded Test status in June this year.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) questioned the BCCI's proposed FTP structure, which doesn't feature any India-Pakistan bilateral series. "It will be a historic Test match", Stanikzai said.

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.

The venue is not disclosed yet and it could be Greater Noida, which has been given them to use as their home venue in India.

India played 36 Tests, 73 ODIs and 18 T20Is in the previous FTP and had to play an insignificant series against scheduled hastily which is now in progress.

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