Afghanistan to play first Test in India, BCCI ignores Pak

12 December, 2017, 19:07 | Author: Ellis Copeland
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The PCB made it clear to the International Cricket Council (ICC) that if it gets a favourable verdict in the Dispute Resolution Process that it has initiated against the BCCI, it will object to the current FTP structure.

Afghanistan will play their inaugural Test match against India in 2018. "It will be a historic Test match", Stanikzai said.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary informed in this regard as he was unveiling the plans for the coming years. Afghanistan were given a Test status alongside Ireland. With their maiden Test in India, Afghanistan will officially become the 12th worldwide side to play a Test; only if Ireland does not play their maiden Test before them.

"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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The BCCI also remained firm on its stance on dope testing of cricketers, saying there was no need for NADA to test the players as the board is WADA compliant.

Arch-rivals India and Pakistan have not played a bilateral series since 2013 because of political tensions.

The venue is not disclosed yet and it could be Greater Noida, which has been given them to use as their home venue in India.

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). With India travelling overseas for most of 2018, the Afghanistan Test is likely to be scheduled ahead of India's trip to Australia in late 2018.



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