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Afghanistan and Australia set to play historic Test match

Afghanistan are likely to play their first ever Test against Australia from December 7 to 11 in Perth. According to Cricbuzz, Afghanistan Cricket Board’s interim chief executive Nazim Zar Abdulrahimzai on Thursday confirmed that the series was on.

According to the ICC FTP, Australia were to play the Test from November 21 to 25, but due to Covid-19, everything from domestic games to the IPL were postponed. To facilitate the IPL window and considering the rest and quarantine needs the players need, the Test is now moved to December 7. 

”We are going to play the one-off Test series against Australia in December,” said Nazir, and added that they will also be completing the 14-day quarantine period. “We have requested them to play a normal Test match instead of the day-night Test match, as we have not played a D/N Test earlier. Our camp will be based in UAE ahead of the Australia tour, where we are expected to play a practice game before the lone Test,” he observed.

The ACB director Raees Ahmadzai said that the board is still discuss the possibility of a day-night Test match with Australia keen on the same. ”We will be forming the team for a good match against Australia. After Saturday [August 29], we will be in a good position to know [about whether it would be a D/N Test or not].”

This will be Afghanistan’s first Test against Australia. They have played four Tests so far, winning two and losing two.

 

Rohit Sankar is a freelance cricket journalist stuck in a love-hate live-in relationship with the game. To rile him up, mention the 1999 World Cup semi-final. Rohit has been writing about cricket for well over 10 years now, and has written for a variety of news and sports outlets over this time.

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