Afghanistan Cricket Board (AFG) announcement:
Afghanistan Cricket Board declared on Sunday (December 20) that Australia will have them for a coincidental Test coordinate in November 2021. The Test should occur a year sooner than arranged in November 2020. Notwithstanding, because of the spread of the novel Covid all around the globe, Cricket Australia canceled the Test and took the choice to hold it sometime in the not too distant future. This wasn’t the solitary match to be influenced as lockdowns around the globe implied that numerous such visits were either dropped or deferred following the Covid-19 flare-up recently.
The ACB said that they have a concurrence with Cricket Australia to play the Test in November one year from now however the setting isn’t chosen as of now.
“Australia are a solid Test group and we are anticipating confronting them in the Test coordinate in 2021. Sadly because of COVID-19 the Test was deferred however we are happy that it will at last happen,” ACB’s recently named CEO Rahmatullah Quraishi told Cricbuzz on Sunday.
Afghanistan acquired Test status in 2017 and have played four Test coordinates up until now, winning two of them against Ireland and Bangladesh.
Then again, Australia are right now facilitating India for the four-coordinate Test arrangement. The hosts took a 1-0 lead in the arrangement in the wake of crushing India by eight-wicket in the pink-ball Test at Adelaide Oval on Saturday.
Both the sides will currently secure horns in the second Test which will be played at Melbourne Cricket Ground from December 26.
Ajinkya Rahane is set to assume the part of substitute commander in the excess three rounds of the arrangement as captain Virat Kohli will get back in the wake of being conceded paternity leave by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Afghanistan had achieved it’s Test status in 2017, playing four matches in total till date. They have won two of those Test matches against Bangladesh and Ireland. Afghanistan’s last Test match was against West Indies last year, which they lost by nine wickets. Rahkeem Cornwall was the difference between the two sides as he picked up ten wickets to hand West Indies a comfortable victory.
Afghanistan’s first Test match was against India at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The hosts won the match convincingly by an innings and 262 runs. Ajinkya Rahane, the vice captain of the Test team was the captain for the match against Afghanistan. It was a harsh introduction to Test Cricket for the Afghans but they would have surely gained immense experience.