India will host Afghanistan on their Test debut, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has confirmed on Monday after a Special General Body Meeting in New Delhi.
The dates and venue for the Test match will be decided later. “Afghanistan was 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 Amitabh Choudhary, the BCCI’s acting secretary.
Atif Mashal, the chairman of the Afghanistan Cricket Board, has confirmed the development on Twitter.
@ACBofficials and @BCCI have agreed that Afghanistan will play its first Test against India. The exact date and venue of the match will be shared in a joint press conference in due course. I personally thank BCCI board for the decision. @BCCI @ARG_AFG
— Atif Mashal (@MashalAtif) December 11, 2017
Rahul Johri, the chief executive of the BCCI, welcomed Afghanistan to the Test fold.
— Rahul Johri (@RJohri) December 11, 2017
Ireland and Afghanistan were both conferred Test status after a unanimous vote to that effect by the full member boards of the International Cricket Council in June during the annual conference in London. Ireland is due to make their Test debut at home in May 2018, against Pakistan.