India to host Afghanistan's maiden Test in June: BCCI

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said it welcomed the opportunity to host its "friends" for their first Test since Afghanistan became a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) past year.

The one-off Test has been scheduled ahead of India s tour of Ireland and England starting June 27.

Said Afghanistan Cricket Board chairman Shukrullah Atif Mashal, "It is a moment of great pride for us".

Choudhary also said that the BCCI will soon take a decision on hosting the first ever day-night Test in India.

At a joint press conference here on Tuesday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the Afghanistan Cricket Board announced Bengaluru as the venue for the historic India-Afghanistan Test that will be held from June 14 to 18. There is an fantastic cricket following in the city and it is expected that a lot of Afghanistan supporters will also travel to India in order to support their heroes.

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"It will be a challenge (to play India) but a pleasant one".

"Cricket has a bright future in (Afghanistan)".

Eight out of the 12 Test playing nations have been part of day-night cricket but not top-ranked India. They failed to make it in the 2011 World Cup.

India now top the world Test rankings.

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