After becoming the first fresh feature of new Test nations alongside Ireland following Bangladesh in 2000, as per the reports, the embattled nation Afghanistan is expected to play its maiden Test against Zimbabwe in Harare.
- Afghanistan thumped Bangladesh in 2014 by 32 runs
- ICC Full Member; Test nation status on June 22, 2017
- ODI status in 2009, World Cup appearance in 2015
- Dominance in ICC’s Intercontinental Cup (first-class)
- Afghanistan stun Windies in World Cup T20 at Nagpur
- First Test nation to play Test after 17 years.
It’s pertinent to mention Afghanistan has earned the Test status – to become Full Member of the world cricket governing body ICC on June 22 during the Annual conference of the Board based-out in Dubai alongside Ireland.
(Read Here: When Afghanistan And Ireland Earn Historic Test Status).
The latest development within Afghanistan Cricket Board revealed the Afghans could play full-fledged bilateral series which would comprise of Three Tests, five One-day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals.
However, Afghanistan is expected to be in Zimbabwe, in the month of December and January (2017-18) after Bangladesh-led by Mushfiqur Rahim has shown cold shoulders while travelling to the part of South Africa, according to the unconfirmed report.
It’s pertinent to mention Bangladesh is scheduled to play Two Tests, three ODIs and two T20Is in September-October against the Proteas.
Interestingly, Afghanistan has a couple of players to boast about which also include leg-spinner Rashid Khan and all-rounder Mohammad Nabi, who had recently participated in the widely acclaimed T20 competition Indian Premier League (IPL).
In the revenue sharing model of ICC, the war-torn country would receive the amount of 40 million in a bid to enhance the cricket at the grassroots level and the other important aspects of the game including modern-day technology.
If Afghanistan happened to be the part of the series it would become the 11th overall team to feature in the longer format at the International set-up.
However, adding to the numbers, Afghanistan is bound to become overall fifth Test nation and sixth in general, in a bid to wrestle in its debut five-day Test away from home which includes World XI of the Board itself.
Earlier, the other teams included India, Pakistan, England and Windies which has played its debut Test game in overseas conditions.
Afghanistan has achieved the ODI status in 2009; as they went on to beat Windies, Bangladesh Zimbabwe, and Scotland – to march as a great unit while rising against the tide, before scripting a history to become the Test playing country following the dominance in first-class set-up known as Intercontinental Cup.
After Bangladesh gained the Test membership in 2000, Afghanistan would become the first team to feature in a Test match after 17 years of long-wait.