BCCI announces the venue for the one-off Test against Afghanistan

Frederick Owens
January 17, 2018

Announcing that Bangalore will be the venue for Test match to be played from June 14 to 18, Choudhary said the one-off Test match has been named as Indo-Afghanistan Friendship series.

"It will be a historic day for Afghanistan and everybody is waiting for it", Atif Mashal, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chairman, said after meeting his Indian counterparts in New Delhi.

Said BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, "At that point of time in the year, there will be rains nearly everywhere, and where there will not be rain there will be such heat that cricket would be practically impossible during day time. Considering all factors, Bengaluru was the best choice", Choudhary told reporters.

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India top the ICC Test rankings and have beaten Afghanistan in each of the three limited-overs fixtures between the sides. Since then, even their players had expressed desires of playing their first ever Test match against India.

"It will be a challenge (to play India) but a pleasant one". The match will mark the debut of Afghanistan in Test cricket.

The war-torn nation s team has played the majority of its home games in India, which supported its quest for Test status. They failed to make it in the 2011 World Cup.

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