Afghanistan's inaugural Test scheduled against India

Pakistan given fewer matches than associate nations by ICC

India has acted as a mentor for Afghanistan cricket, allowing the national side from the war-torn nation to play home matches for shorter formats of the game on the outskirts of Delhi.

Yesterday, BCCI announced Indian team's Future Tours Programme (FTP) from 2019 till 2023 and according to that, the Men in Blue will play a total of 158 global matches (37 Tests, 67 ODIs and 54 T20Is).

The match and the venue in India will be announced soon in a joint press conference by BCCI and Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB).

India has also not kept Pakistan amongst its six proposed opponents for the World Test Championship beginning in 2019. "The BCCI has a deep bond with the Afghanistan Cricket Board and I am thrilled at the development and congratulate everyone", Choudhary stated in a media release. "We would like to thank the BCCI for granting this opportunity to us and accepting our request".

It is to be seen now whether ICC has to conduct Indo-Pak bilateral series to ensure Pakistan agree to the schedule proposed by the BCCI. "We have been working closely with the officials of Afghanistan Cricket Board and look forward to seeing history being made".

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) gave strong signs on the possible resumption of bilateral cricketing ties with Pakistan.

The workshop concluded that there will be less Tests and ODIs and more T20Is played from May 2019.

Both Afghanistan and Zimbabwe will play almost equal number of Tests at home and away.

Star India is paying Rs. 43 crore for each Test, ODI and Tweny20 worldwide, but statements have come from the senior officials of the television company that shelling out such a huge sum for a Test match may not be a viable option again.

Afghanistan and Ireland were elevated to full test membership of the International Cricket Council last June, and Ireland has already confirmed its inaugural test match will be against Pakistan in May. India will then tour Australia (4 Tests) and New Zealand (5 ODIs, 3 T20Is) in November-January 2019 followed by home series against Australia (5 ODIs, 2 T20Is) and Zimbabwe (1 Test, 3 ODIs) in February-March 2019.

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