Afghanistan not to play India in Tests in 2019-2023 FTP

Having earned its Test status, alongside Ireland, in June 2017, Afghanistan is set to take on India, in its historic Test debut, in Bengaluru, from June 14.

Afghanistan will play all top nations, including Australia and England, in the new FTP.   -  Twitter @ACBofficials

Afghanistan is set to make its Test debut, against India, in June 2018. However, after the historic one-off match, the two teams will not face each other in the longer format, as per the new proposed Future Tours Programme (FTP), set for 2019-2023.

Having earned its Test status, alongside Ireland, in June 2017, Afghanistan is set to take on India, in its historic Test debut, in Bengaluru from June 14.

Even though Afghanistan will play all top nations, including Australia and England, in the new FTP, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has failed to secure any other series against India.

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“India is a tough team to get hold of because they are very busy. Since we are not in Test Championship, the inaugural Test match is good enough for us. We are playing 14-18 Tests, in the new FTP cycle,” ACB CEO Shafiq Stanikzai said, here, on Wednesday, on the penultimate day of the five-day ICC quarterly meeting.

“Against India, we will be playing only one Test, in Bengaluru, as per earlier FTP. The new FTP is from 2019 to March 2022,” he added.

He further said that Afghanistan will play bilateral home and away series against England, Australia, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Ireland and Bangladesh in the next FTP. “These series does not come under the Test Championship, these will be all bilateral series — home and away.”

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Stanikzai said that Afghanistan is also considering day-night matches. “As of now, it’s not yet decided. However, we are deliberating.”

The ICC Chief Executives’ committee has already drawn up the fixtures, but it will have to be passed by the ICC Board before it is made public.

Afghanistan and Ireland were made full members of the International Cricket Council (ICC), in June 2018, becoming the sport’s 11th and 12th Test-playing nations.