The BCCI on Monday agreed to host Afghanistan nation’s maiden Check match however selected to cold-shoulder a cricket-starved Pakistan in its newest Future Excursions Programme (FTP). Afghanistan, a group that has made fast strides in worldwide cricket regardless of the fixed troubles again house, will play its first ever Check towards India in 2019-2020, the ultimate schedule for which shall be labored out later. Then again, Pakistan, which has been demanding bilateral cricket with India, was ignored on the Particular Basic Assembly which resolved to play extra towards the likes of Australia, South Africa and England. India and Pakistan haven’t performed bilateral cricket since 2012 attributable to political tensions between the 2 neighbours.
When requested why the brand new FTP doesn’t say something about taking part in Pakistan, BCCI appearing secretary Amitabh Chaudhary replied,
“It is a query not embedded solely to cricket and the BCCI however all people. So, it is futile making an attempt to reply the query.”
Afghanistan earned the Check standing, alongside Eire this June, realising their five-day cricket dream after spectacular performances in ODIs and T20 Internationals. “Afghans have been scheduled to play their first Check in 2019 versus Australia however contemplating the historic relationship between India and Afghanistan, we determined to host their first Check,” stated BCCI appearing secretary Amitabh Choudhary after the Particular Basic Assembly.
Atif Mashal, Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chairman, was fast to thank the BCCI for the gesture. “@ACBofficials and @BCCI have agreed that Afghanistan will play its first Check towards India. The precise date and venue of the match shall be shared in a joint press convention sooner or later. I personally thank BCCI board for the choice,” Mashal tweeted.
Afghanistan and Eire have been made full members of the Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) in June, turning into the game’s 11th and 12h Check-playing nations.
Moreover welcoming them into five-day cricket, the BCCI has prolonged a serving to hand to Afghanistan on quite a lot of events. The group from the war-ravaged nation has hosted its house video games in India, most just lately the sequence towards Eire in Better Noida.
Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi grew to become the primary two Afghanistan cricketers to be purchased on the IPL public sale earlier this yr. Afghanistan have come a good distance since making its World T20 debut in 2010. They’re ranked ninth within the shortest format and 11th within the 50-over format.
After that includes commonly within the World T20, the Afghans made the 50-over World Cup debut in 2015. They performed six video games within the event co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand with their sole win coming towards Scotland.
With PTI Inputs.