India to host Afghanistan for its first-ever Test match

first_imgIndia are all set to host Afghanistan for their first-ever Test match after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sanctioned the idea in their Special General Meeting (SGM) on Monday.However, the dates for the historic Test will be chalked out later. Talking about the decision, BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said that the historic relationship between the two countries played a major role behind the decision.”Afghans were scheduled to play their first Test in 2019 versus Australia but considering the historic relationship between India and Afghanistan, we decided to host their first Test,” said Choudhary.India to play inaugural test against Afghanistan. welcome them to five-day cricket. @ACBofficials @BCCI- Rahul Johri (@RJohri) December 11, 2017The 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. According to the current Future Tours Programme (FTP) plan from 2015 to 2019, Virat Kohli’s men play for 390 days barring the ICC tournaments like the World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy and World T20.India will host 81 matches across formats from 2019-2023, 30 more than the current FTP.@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, 2017However, the BCCI insisted that the number of playing days per year for the cricketers will decrease. Half of these games will be against England, Australia and South Africa and the matches at will see a rise home by 20 per cent.advertisementAnother notable decision that was taken is the BCCI SGM was that the board decided not to incorporate any series or matches with Pakistan in the proposed FTP. But, BCCI says if the government agrees, the Board will include it in the new FTP.I would like to thank @BCCI for a fruitful meeting in which we agreed that Afghanistan will play its inaugural test match against India, which will be a historic moment for @ACBofficials @ICC @EklilHakimi @ARG_AFG- Atif Mashal (@MashalAtif) December 11, 2017The 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. BCCI is WADA compliant because the ICC code is WADA compliant.Among other decisions taken at the SGM, the suspension of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) was revoked on the condition that former IPL boss Lalit Modi stays away from its functioning.BCCI will also challenge the decision to pay settlement amount to now defunct Kochi Tuskers.Among other decisions taken at the SGM, the suspension of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) was revoked on the condition that former IPL boss Lalit Modi stays away from its functioning.BCCI will also challenge the decision to pay settlement amount to now defunct Kochi Tuskers.India to host Afghanistan for their first-ever Test. Mr. Amitabh Choudhary, Acting Hony. Secretary of the BCCI makes the announcement in New Delhi. pic.twitter.com/KdqblGKKkE- BCCI (@BCCI) December 11, 2017last_img