India are declared as the first Test opponent for Test cricket’s newest nation, Afghanistan. India will be hosting Afghanistan in next year.
BCCI has confirmed about Afghanistan’s debut Test after a Special General Body Meeting (SGM) in New Delhi on Monday. The two boards will be working on venues and dates soon.
“Afghanistan were scheduled to play their first Test in 2019 against Australia but considering the historic relationship between India and Afghanistan, we decided to host their first Test,” said BCCI’s acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary.
Zimbabwe was supposed to be Afghanistan’s first Test opponent in UAE. But it didn’t go further as Zimbabwe were keen to concentrate on 50-over format ahead of World Cup Qualifier, which will be hosted by Zimbabwe in 2018.
Afghanistan and Ireland were granted Test status by the ICC in June this year. Ireland will take on Pakistan in Dublin in May 2018 in their first Test match.
Afghanistan will be the fourth team to face India in their debut Test. Previously, Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh faced India whey they made entry to Test arena.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com