India to host Afghanistan for first-ever Test

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Afghanistan and Ireland's boards had applied to the ICC to have their status upgraded from Associates, and this was put to vote at the meeting late in June and was unanimously supported.

Paying heed to captain Virat Kohli's complaints on player fatigue, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday chose to reduce the workload of Indian cricketers by shortening its cricket calendar.

This means, whosoever between Ireland and Afghanistan play their maiden Test first will automatically become the 12th team on the list.

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

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday confirmed that India will host the 2023 ODI World Cup as well as the Champions Trophy in 2021 during its Special General Meeting (SGM) in Delhi. "The ACB requested us to play their first Test match".

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) questioned the BCCI's proposed FTP structure, which doesn't feature any India-Pakistan bilateral series. The team from the war-ravaged nation has hosted its home games in India, most recently the series against Ireland in Greater Noida.

Cricket has a long history in Afghanistan, but the country played amongst the sport's minnows until gaining one-day International (ODI) status in 2011.

This will be the first time that the event will be completely held in India: the nation has, on three occasions previously, hosted the World Cup partially (1987, 1996 and 2011).

India played 36 Tests, 73 ODIs and 18 T20Is in the previous FTP and had to play an insignificant series against scheduled hastily which is now in progress.