Afghanistan, Ireland get Test Status

Afghanistan and Ireland have received test status from ICC. They have become the 11th and 12th test playing nations. This was approved during the ICC’s AGM which was held in London. In the year 2005 Ireland were runners up in the ICC tournament, to get their maiden World Cup berth. After 2 years they shocked Pakistan on St Patrick’s day in Jamaica and from there on they never looked back by qualifying for the consecutive world cup which they defeated England and West Indies to go ahead and remain competitive with the other test playing nations. They had players like Ed Joyce,William Boyd Rankin has played cricket for both England and Irish. Warren Deutrom the Ireland Chief Exeuctive said that players won’t leave in the future.

Afghanistan’s rise has been even good having gained first ODI status in 2009 where they finished sixth at that year’s World Cup Qualifier in South Africa. Like Ireland, they have shown the talent by securing three straight wins in ODI and T20I series over Zimbabwe as well as a win over T-20 champions West Indies at the 2016 World T20. They recently drew level their maiden ODI series in West Indies. They have lost once in the T-20 Intercontinental Cup matches they’ve played, coming in the 2013 final to Ireland. Ireland’s record is just too good, with 24 wins, three losses and 10 draws in 37 matches. They will be leaving that competition behind at the end of the year, with the door to Test cricket wide open to them now. Afghanistan are likely to play in Noida.

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