Afghanistan to play maiden Test at Bangalore


Afghanistan have announced the date of their maiden outing in Test cricket, with India set to be their opponents in Bengaluru between June 14-18. Ireland, on the other hand, are scheduled to play their first Test match against Pakistan in Dublin in May, 2018.

Afghanistan have earned their Test status in June previous year.

India agreed to be Afghanistan's first opponents in the longest format in December and have now confirmed that the game will be played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium later this year.

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Afghanistan have made significant strides in the cricket arena over the past few years despite the country itself being ridden by conflict. "We will continue to do that", BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary told ANI.

Last year, the International Cricket Council had announced Ireland and Afghanistan as the two newest cricketing nations to be awarded Test status.

The one-off Test has been scheduled ahead of India's tour of Ireland and England starting 27 June.

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Besides welcoming them into five-day cricket, the BCCI has extended a helping hand to Afghanistan on a number of occasions.

The first Test match to be held under lights was played between trans-Tasmanian rivals Australia and New Zealand in 2015. The match will mark the debut of Afghanistan in Test cricket.

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