India to host Afghanistan's maiden Test


Afghanistan were given a Test status alongside Ireland.

The Afghanistan national cricket team is expected to face India in its maiden and historic test match after receiving approval for the test matches by the International Cricket Council. That's not all. On Monday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary confirmed that the fixture will be played in India.

According to the revised Future Tours Programme (FTP), India will be hosting 81 matches across formats from 2019-2023, 30 more than the current FTP, but the BCCI today insisted that the number of playing days per year for the ever-busy cricketers will decrease to 306.

"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 BCCI Choudhary after the SGM.

This October the ACB, led by its chairman Atif Mashal and CEO Shafiqullah Stanikzai, met Johri in Mumbai, requesting India to consider playing against Afghanistan. India recently had its longest home season and a huge chunk of that included Test matches.

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) questioned the BCCI's proposed FTP structure, which doesn't feature any India-Pakistan bilateral series.

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.

Afghanistan earned the Test status, alongside Ireland this June, realising their five-day cricket dream after impressive performances in ODIs and T20 Internationals.

In 2015, Afghanistan team played in its first 50-over World Cup. They will also become the 4th team to play their inaugural Test against India after Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.