New Delhi: In a historic development signifying growing relations, war-ravaged Afghanistan will play its first cricket Test match against India, a top executive at Afghanistan Cricket Board said in a tweet.

“@ACBofficials and @BCCI have agreed that Afghanistan will play its first Test against India. The exact date and venue of the match will be shared in a joint press conference in due course. I personally thank BCCI board for the decision. @BCCI @ARG_AFG," Atif Mashal, chairman, Afghnistan Cricket Board tweeted on Monday.

India has been instrumental in promoting cricket in Afghanistan, like it has on the strategic affairs front. The Afghanistan team has a base in India through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex in Greater Noida has been the team’s ‘home ground’ now. The country’s cricket team was coached earlier by former India all rounder Manoj Prabhakar and later by former India opener Lalchand Rajput.

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