Historic Test series: India to host Afghanistan for the first-time ever

Historic Test series: India to host Afghanistan for the first-time ever

Historic Test series: India to host Afghanistan for the first-time ever

Pakistan will also host home ODIs against Australia and Zimbabwe in 2020-21, it will also play away series against Afghanistan and a 13th team to be joined later in same season as part of ICC ODI league.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday questioned the BCCI's proposed Future Tours Programme (FTP) structure for the 2019-2023 cycle, which expectedly does not feature any India-Pakistan bilateral series. "We have been working closely with the officials of Afghanistan Cricket Board and look forward to seeing history being made". The BCCI was a firm supporter of the ICC's decision to limit the next World Cup to just 10 teams, which will leave the likes of Afghanistan and Ireland - the other new Test entrant - fighting for two spots.

India ranks number one in the latest ICC Test rankings.

This October the ACB, led by its chairman Atif Mashal and CEO Shafiqullah Stanikzai, met Johri in Mumbai, requesting India to consider playing against Afghanistan.

Board of Control for Cricket in India Rahul Johri posted a message on social media after the December 11 special general meeting in Delhi to say "India to play inaugural test against Afghanistan".

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"The PCB has also informed the ICC that it has initiated a dispute resolution process against the BCCI under the ICC Dispute Resolution Committee Terms of Reference", a PCB release said.

"Yes a change of venue for the Asia Cup is going to be discussed at the next meeting of the Asian Cricket Council later this month", he said. Exposure for Afghan cricketers is expected to be the main highlight when they come calling to play against a team which is now top-ranked in the Test format.

Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi became the first two Afghanistan cricketers to be bought at the IPL auction earlier this year.

Of late, India has been blamed for limiting the expansion of cricket, especially during the infamous Big Three era. "It will be a historic Test match", Stanikzai said.

The Pakistan Cricket Board has expressed its discontentment over BCCI's proposed FTP structure for the 2019-2023 cycle, which expectedly does not feature Indo-Pak bilateral series.

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