After becoming the full member of ICC and earning Test status, Afghanistan are all set to play their first ever Test in India as per reports. Afghanistan played a fully fledged bilateral series across formats at this venue against Ireland earlier this year, including a First-Class match as well.
This October the ACB, led by its chairman Atif Mashal and CEO Shafiqullah Stanikzai, met Johri in Mumbai, requesting India to consider playing against Afghanistan.
The allotment of the same was done back in June 2013 itself, with India receiving the hosting rights of the World T20 in 2016, the Champions Trophy in two years time from now, and the World Cup that will follow four years after the event in England and Wales in 2019.
Moreover, Afghanistan will become the 2nd team only to play their first Test without playing any global limited-overs match at home since 1971.
"Afghans were scheduled to play their first Test in 2019 versus Australia but considering the historical relationship between India and Afghanistan, we chose to host their first Test", said Chaudhary.
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It is understood that both boards will meet in a week's time in Dubai to finalise the schedule. They will also become the 4th team to play their inaugural Test against India after Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.
For the moment, the ACB is excited.
The BCCI on Monday rolled out the red carpet for war-ravaged Afghanistan by agreeing to host the country's maiden Test match but chose to cold-shoulder a cricket-starved Pakistan in its latest Future Tours Programme (FTP). "We would like to thank the BCCI for granting this opportunity to us and accepting our request".