Afghanistan to 'debut' on June 14

Afghanistan to 'debut' on June 14

Afghanistan to 'debut' on June 14

The BCCI announced the decision after a meeting with officials from the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) here.

Afghanistan have announced the date of their maiden outing in Test cricket, with India set to be their opponents in Bengaluru between June 14-18.

Eight out of the 12 Test playing nations have been part of day-night cricket but not top-ranked India.

The one-off Test will be known as the India-Afghanistan Friendship series, with this being the first occasion when a Test will be held in India in the month of June. "India are proud to host Afghanistan now", Choudhary added.

"Cricket has a bright future in (Afghanistan)".

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Afghanistan have emerged as a competitive worldwide team, with strong performances in the limited-overs format including two one-day series victories in Zimbabwe.

Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi became the first two Afghanistan cricketers to be bought at the IPL auction a year ago. Afghanistan earned their Test status alongside Ireland in June past year, becoming the 11th and 12h nations eligible to take part in the traditional form of the game.

Thirteen Afghan players are included in this year s IPL auction on January 27 and 28 in Bangalore.

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