Afghanistan cricket team to play its first ever Test match in India

New Delhi: Afghanistan will play their first ever Test match in India, officials from both countries announced Monday, amid speculation that the game could be played as early as next year.

Afghanistan and Ireland were given Test status in June by the International Cricket Council.

“The Afghans were scheduled to play their first Test in 2019 versus Australia but considering the historical relationship between India and Afghanistan, we decided to host their first Test,” BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said.

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.

Atif Mashal, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chairman, said on Twitter that the date and venue will be announced soon.

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