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AFGHANISTAN TO FACE INDIA AWAY IN FIRST EVER TEST MATCH

A date for the historic occasion is yet to be confirmed

India have been confirmed as Afghanistan's first opponents in Test cricket.

The BCCI discussed the topic at a special general meeting on Monday and acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary revealed the news after the session.

"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," he said.

No date has yet been confirmed for the historic occasion.

Sharjah had seemingly been in pole position to host Afghanistan's debut in Test cricket, following talks with their governing body earlier this year.

“We are in the final stage of discussions, it will be in the UAE, and if the tour goes ahead our first choice will be to play at Sharjah,” said Shafiq Stanikzai, the chief executive of the ACB, in August.

“We are treating both UAE and India as our home venues, but in December-January Greater Noida is very foggy, and we will not be able to get a full day’s play in, so that is why we are shifting it to Sharjah.”

Afghanistan, along with Ireland, were awarded Test status by the International Cricket Council in June.

In bolstering the group of elite nations to 12, the ICC added a Test-playing country for the first time since Bangladesh were admitted in 2000.

Stanikzai said at the time: "For a nation like Afghanistan it is a huge and remarkable achievement."

Ireland will play their first Test match against Pakistan in May.

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