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Afghanistan to play first-ever Test against India in Bengaluru

17 January 2018

The first-ever India-Afghanistan Test match will be played in June before Virat Kohli's men leave for the tour of Ireland and England, the acting secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Amitabh Choudhary said on Tuesday.

Phil Simmons, who was appointed Afghanistan's coach late past year, could hardly have wished for a more fitting opening fixture in the longest form of the game.

Both country's cricket boards announced the news on their respective twitter accounts.

The team from the war-ravaged nation has hosted its home games in India, most recently the series against Ireland in Greater Noida. "A decision will be taken sooner than later but not in the context of this Test match against Afghanistan", said Choudhary while announcing the dates of Afghanistan's inaugural Test in Bengaluru from June 14-18. "People in Afghanistan have been waiting to see the team play a Test and the fact that it will happen against India in India, is a dream situation".

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"Cricket has a bright future in (Afghanistan)". The Test match against Afghanistan would hence be coming before that.

Last year, spinner Rashid Khan and former captain Mohammad Nabi became the first Afghans to be picked in the lucrative Indian Premier League auction.

Afghanistan to play first-ever Test against India in Bengaluru