Afghanistan to play their first ever Test in India

Trent Boult wants to see test cricket stay as it

"Afghans were scheduled to play their first Test in 2019 versus Australia but considering the historic relationship between India and Afghanistan, we chose to host their first Test", said BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary.

The national cricket team of Afghanistan has gone from strength to strength in recent years, and had repeatedly shown the credentials to play in the longest format of the game.

The BCCI, on its part, is in no mood of budging from its stance, saying India would not play Pakistan outside ICC events unless Indian government approves it.

But Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been desperately pushing for the resumption of ties, and even threatened to take legal action against BCCI for not honouring a memorandum of understanding signed in 2014. "We would like to thank the BCCI for granting this opportunity to us and accepting our request". "The BCCI has agreed".

The move is a big boost to the Afghanistan Cricket Board.

Brendon Mc Cullum is now a Twenty20 mercenary playing for teams like the Trinbago Knight Riders
GETTY IMAGES Brendon Mc Cullum is now a Twenty20 mercenary playing for teams like the Trinbago Knight Riders

The two boards will work out the schedule and announce details of the Test shortly. "It will be a historic Test match", Stanikzai said. In the new one (May 2019 to May 2023) 175 Tests will be played, a number made to look smaller considering two new teams will be playing Tests - Afghanistan and Ireland.

Keeping the issue of bilateral series with Pakistan aside, the BCCI has to find ways to solve an immediate problem - they are due to host Asia Cup in September next year.

Ahead of their tour of England in July 2018, the Virat Kohli-led Indian team will be travelling to Ireland to take on the Irishmen in two matches. India will then tour Australia (4 Tests) and New Zealand (5 ODIs, 3 T20Is) in November-January 2019 followed by home series against Australia (5 ODIs, 2 T20Is) and Zimbabwe (1 Test, 3 ODIs) in February-March 2019.

There is a marginal change in the FTP for home internationals presented at the SGM (19 Tests, 35 ODIs, 27 Twenty20s) and the one circulated to the members before the SGM (19 Tests, 38 ODIs, 28 Twenty20s); the away internationals figures are (18 Tests, 29 ODIs, 26 Twenty20s) - all this works out to 154 worldwide matches for the 2019-23 cycle.

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