Afghanistan is ready to play their first ever test match in June at M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru against India. There is only one test match in the series and it is scheduled to take place from June 14 – June 18.
This is not the first time BCCI has extended a helping hand to Afghanistan. “The historic friendship between India and Afghanistan cannot be denied. It goes back to centuries. I am glad that cricket is also added to it, ” said Mashal, sitting alongside BCCI officials and ACB CEO Shafiq Asmat Stanikzai.
“The support of BCCI to ACB over the last several years has been tremendous. Whether it was backing ACB in the ICC when our full membership was under consideration, making facilities available (for its players in India), we really recognise the support and we really appreciate it,” Mashal added.
It is said to be a historic moment for Afghanistan cricket team and the way in which their players have performed in recent times has also helped them a lot in this achievement, they recently qualified for cricket world cup 2019 by winning the world cup qualifier in Zimbabwe earlier this year.
India also visited South Africa after their re-admission into international cricket post the apartheid era in 1991 – 92.
The CEO of BCCI, Rahul Johri, and the chairman of the Afghanistan cricket board Atif Mashal took to social media to announce the deal.
— Rahul Johri (@RJohri) December 11, 2017
@ACBofficials and @BCCI have agreed that Afghanistan will play its first Test against India. The exact date and venue of the match will be shared in a joint press conference in due course. I personally thank BCCI board for the decision. @BCCI @ARG_AFG
— Atif Mashal (@MashalAtif) December 11, 2017
(Written by Akshaywar Singh with input from official sources)