Afghanistan and Ireland have now officially becoming the Test cricketing nations announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after a unanimous vote at the ICC Full Council meeting at the Oval. Both the countries are now qualified to play Test cricket from now onwards.
“I’d like to congratulate Afghanistan and Ireland on their Full Membership status which is the result of their dedication to improving performance both off and on the field resulting in the significant development and growth of cricket in their respective countries,” said ICC Chief Executive David Richardson in a statement.
For Afghanistan cricket team it is a remarkable achievement, as for them, it is the perfect Eid gift. “For a nation like Afghanistan it is a huge and remarkable achievement, the entire nation will be celebrating across all five regions and different provinces, it is the perfect Eid gift,” said Shafiq Stanikzai Chief Executive of the Afghanistan Cricket Board.
On the other hand, Ireland has also been given recognition to play Test Cricket. “We are delighted and proud with today’s historic announcement,” said Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Ireland.