In the meeting it was further decided that Team India will play nearly fifty percent of its matches against big worldwide teams like England, Australia and South Africa. That's not all. On Monday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary confirmed that the fixture will be played in India.
The BCCI did not say if the Test against Afghanistan is included in India's 81 home matches scheduled for 2019-2023, leading to speculation that the two nations are looking to play the match next year. Ireland will host Pakistan in their inaugural Test in May next year.
The PCB made it clear to the International Cricket Council (ICC) that if it gets a favourable verdict in the Dispute Resolution Process that it has initiated against the BCCI, it will object to the current FTP structure.
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The BCCI also remained firm on its stance on dope testing of cricketers, saying there was no need for NADA to test the players as the board is WADA compliant. The dates of the historic Test will be chalked out later.
Afghanistan earned the Test status, alongside Ireland this June, realising their five-day cricket dream after impressive performances in ODIs and T20 Internationals. The team from the war-ravaged nation has hosted its home games in India, most recently the series against Ireland in Greater Noida. However, this is the first time India would be hosting an ODI World Cup completely, thus not sharing the hosting rights with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
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.