Afghanistan Set To Play Their Maiden Test Against Australia In Perth

Afghanistan Set To Play Their Maiden Test Against Australia In Perth

Afghanistan players after beating Bangladesh. Credit: Twitter

Afghanistan are set to play their first-ever Test match against Australia when they tour Down Under later this year.

According to a report published in ESPNCricinfo, the one-off Test will take place at the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) ground in Perth between December 07-11.

According to the same report, Cricket Australia and Afghanistan Cricket Board, have reached final stages of negotiation and the only question that remains to be answered now is whether it will be a day fixture or day-night.

According to ICC’s Future-tour program, Australia was supposed to host Afghanistan for a one-off Test immediately after the T20 World Cup. In May, Cricket Australia had announced that the Test match would take place between November 21-25.

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Will the Afghanistan-Australia Test be a Pink ball affair?

Afghanistan Set To Play Their Maiden Test Against Australia At Perth
Afghanistan. (Credits: Twitter)

But with the T20 World Cup getting postponed and the BCCI announced the staging of the IPL between September 19-November 10 and Victoria’s deteriorating Covid-19 situation, Cricket Australia has had to make adjustments to their summer schedule, which also includes three ODIs, three T20Is and four Tests against India.

According to the report in ESPNCricinfo, ACB have expressed their reservations against playing pink-ball Test owing to their inexperience. The ACB has also expressed their desire to play two practice games before the one-off Test.

The one-off Test will not be the part of the ongoing Test championship as it involves only the top+9 Test-playing nations. Afghanistan, who achieved Test status in 2018, has already notched up two wins in their history against Ireland and Bangladesh.

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