The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently announced that all the international teams touring India, will be playing a practice game against Afghanistan, in order to provide exposure to the strife-torn nation.
Afghanistan, which received Test status last year, will play their inaugural Test from 14th June against India in Bengaluru.
As per PTI, the announcement was made by BCCI acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary during his visit to Afghanistan, according to Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB).
Choudhary is in Afghanistan to discuss the bilateral cricketing relation between the two countries. ACB chairman Atif Mashal said, "Afghanistan is now a full member of ICC and we also enjoy cordial relations with BCCI which will be further strengthened as we strive to work together to further develop the game in the country."
Choudhary said, "It is an honor to be here in Kabul being invited by Mr. President (Mashal). It is a privilege for us to be playing Afghanistan in their historic first Test match as we did not want to let go of this opportunity. Cricket will further strengthen ties between the two countries and deliver a message of peace. Afghan players are well known and loved in India because of their participation in IPL which will increase in the coming years.”
Afghanistan will "host" Bangladesh in a three-match T20 series at their adopted home in Dehradun. Mashal thanked BCCI for providing Afghanistan with a second ground for home matches, besides the Greater Noida ground.