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Afghanistan Test cricket

Afghanistan to play debut Test v India in Bengaluru in June

Afghanistan Test debut

ACB and BCCI confirm dates for new Full Member's inaugural Test.

Afghanistan will play their inaugural Test match against India in Bengaluru in June.

The game will take place between June 14 and 18, the first time a Test match will have been played in India in June.

The BCCI agreed with the ACB in December last year to host Afghanistan’s debut Test match after they were inducted as a full ICC member along with Ireland in June 2017, to take the full list up to 12.

Afghanistan’s warm-up fixtures on the tour will be announced in due course.

Afghanistan qualified for their first ever ODI World Cup in 2015 and are likely to be strong contenders at the 2019 World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe in March.

The BCCI has also pledged more general support for Afghanistan cricket. "Our junior cricketers – from under 17s to emerging sides to the A teams – will be having regular tours to India," ACB CEO Shafiqullah Stanikzai said. "In addition, the BCCI has said it will provide technical support, and merge Afghanistan in their education programmes – coaching, umpiring, curators, performance analysts, speicialised coaching – and help us wherever it can."

Afghanistan will be the fourth team to play their maiden Test against India, following Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

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