Afghanistan to make Test debut in June

"A decision will be taken sooner than later but not in the context of this Test match against Afghanistan", said Choudhary while announcing the dates of Afghanistan's inaugural Test in Bengaluru from June 14-18.

"It will be a historic day for Afghanistan and everybody is waiting for it", Afghanistan cricket board chairman Atif Mashal said in New Delhi.

The one-off Test will be known as the India-Afghanistan Friendship series, with this being the first occasion when a Test will be held in India in the month of June. There is an incredible cricket following in the city and it is expected that a lot of Afghanistan supporters will also travel to India in order to support their heroes. The match will mark the debut of Afghanistan in Test cricket.

India now top the world Test rankings. "We have raw talent which needs exposure and our target is to be a competitive side in Test cricket in the coming three years".

Last year, spinner Rashid Khan and former captain Mohammad Nabi became the first Afghans to be picked in the lucrative Indian Premier League auction.

Ireland, along with Afghanistan, were given Test status by the ICC in June a year ago, with Ireland announcing their first ever Test will be against Pakistan in Malahide in May.

  • Aubrey Nash