India is all set to host Afghanistan's maiden Test match from June 14 to 18 in the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. This comes after the BCCI met officials from the Afghanistan Cricket Board this week as Afghanistan has earned their Test status along with Ireland in June last year.
The acting Secretary of BCCI Amitabh Choudhary stated that Bengaluru had came out as the best-possible venue for the historic upcoming match.
He said: "Bengaluru is selected because at that period of the season, there is expected to be rains almost everywhere and the places which will not be raining, will have such heat that cricket will be practically impossible to play during day time. Thus, considering every factors Bengaluru was the finest choice."
The only one-off Test match has been named the Indo-Afghanistan Friendship Series. The match will be played 15 days after the Indian Premier League (IPL) gets over in May. The Indian team is scheduled for a long tour of England and Ireland after the contest with Afghanistan.
Their respective boards were made full members of the International Cricket Council in June, becoming the sport's 11th and 12h Test-playing nations.
The Chairman of ACB Shukrullah Atif Mashal deeply appreciated the BCCI for adding an important and impressive layer to the invaluable friendship between both countries.