Afghanistan to make Test debut against India

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Afghanistan to make Test debut against India

As a result, Ireland and Afghanistan take the total of countries playing test matches to 12.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India in its Special General Meeting on Monday chose to reduce the workload of the Indian cricket team as it took key decisions about the team's Future Tours Programme (FTP).The board chose to shorten the team's cricketing calendar to 306 playing days, from the earlier 390 playing days, for the period between 2019 to 2023.

Ever since it attained the Test status, the Afghanistan players dreamt of playing their first Test against India.

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The BCCI did not say if the Test against Afghanistan is included in India's 81 home matches scheduled for 2019-2023, leading to speculation that the two nations are looking to play the match next year.

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

The BCCI also made a decision to revoke the four-year suspension of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) and the board also refused to accept the demand of getting the dope tests done through the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). "It will be a historic Test match", Stanikzai said. With their maiden Test in India, Afghanistan will officially become the 12th global side to play a Test; only if Ireland does not play their maiden Test before them.

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India has acted as a mentor for Afghanistan cricket, hosting some of the war-torn nation's home matches.

India has also not kept Pakistan amongst its six proposed opponents for the World Test Championship beginning in 2019. They will also become the 4th team to play their inaugural Test against India after Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

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