As a result, Ireland and Afghanistan take the total of countries playing test matches to 12. India and Pakistan have not played bilateral cricket since 2012 due to political tensions between the two neighbours.
In other news besides the Champions Trophy and ODI World Cup, India will be hosting Afghanistan in a Test series for the very first time in 2019-2020 after the latter became full members of the ICC (International Cricket Council) in June 2017 along with Ireland.
Afghanistan earned the Test status on June 22 of this year along with their rivals Ireland.
Initially, Zimbabwe were scheduled to play Afghanistan in the UAE before travelling to Bangladesh early next year.
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This October the ACB, led by its chairman Atif Mashal and CEO Shafiqullah Stanikzai, met Johri in Mumbai, requesting India to consider playing against Afghanistan.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India in its Special General Meeting on Monday chose to reduce the workload of the Indian cricket team as it took key decisions about the team's Future Tours Programme (FTP).The board chose to shorten the team's cricketing calendar to 306 playing days, from the earlier 390 playing days, for the period between 2019 to 2023. "The BCCI has agreed".
India played 36 Tests, 73 ODIs and 18 T20Is in the previous FTP and had to play an insignificant series against scheduled hastily which is now in progress.
For the moment, the ACB is excited. However, they would have to play even more in the proposed new FTP which will have 37 Tests, 67 ODIs and 54 T20Is - a total of staggering 158 home and away global matches. "We would like to thank the BCCI for granting this opportunity to us and accepting our request".