India set to host Afghanistan for their first-ever cricket Test match

Lester Mason
December 11, 2017

"Afghans were scheduled to play their first Test in 2019 versus Australia but considering the historic relationship between India and Afghanistan, we chose to host their first Test", said BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary after the special general meeting in New Delhi on Monday. "It will be a historic Test match", Stanikzai said.

"Afghanistan will play their first test, versus India and in India", BCCI Joint Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary was quoted as saying by ANI.

In another first, India will host Afghanistan for a Test match between the two teams.

The Indian team's workload will also go do down after the BCCI agreed to trim down the total number of match days to 306 in the new proposal that runs from 2019 to 2023.

Moreover, Afghanistan will become the 2nd team only to play their first Test without playing any worldwide limited-overs match at home since 1971.

Starting from January, Virat Kohli's men will tour South Africa, then play the Independence Cup in Sri Lanka, then the IPL will take place, then England and down under in Australia. In fact, India are expected to be playing 54 T20Is between 2019 and 2013, three times more than the number of T20Is played as part of the earlier FTP. This was among several decisions taken by the BCCI Special General Meeting.

"If the government agrees will make space for India-Pakistan bilateral series", he said.

The board continued to maintain its position and confirmed it won't allow it's players to be tested by National Anti Doping Agency (NADA). BCCI has already requested the ICC for a bilateral-free IPL window.

BCCI will also challenge the decision to pay settlement amount to now defunct Kochi Tuskers.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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