Ireland and Afghanistan have been granted the Test Cricket Status by the ICC. These two became the 11th and 12th Full Member of ICC and would be able to play Test Cricket. The decision came during the ICC Meeting in London and the proposal was accepted anonymously. This would be a great moment for both the team.
Ireland and Afghanistan granted Test Status
Ireland came into the cricket world with an ODI status in 2005 and since then the team has qualified for the ICC World Cups. The upset of Pakistan in 2007 world cup brought them to the prominence. The team has defeated England as well in subsequent world cup. The rise of the team in the Intercontinental trophy of ICC made them a stand out performer and the team has won 4 times, the most by any team. The country has already developed a domestic cricket structure and that has been granted the First Class Cricket status by ICC. Ireland can now play Test Matches against the Full-Time members and soon it should be included in the FTP of ICC.
Afghanistan has risen even faster. It got the ODI status in 2009 and since then it has won matches and hearts. The war-torn country has found the love of cricket and since then it has not looked back. The team defeated West Indies in 2016 T20 World Cup and then won three series against Zimbabwe in ODIs and T20s. It has even drawn the first ever bilateral series in West Indies. Afghanistan will host the matches in Greater Noida, India, and Sharjah, Dubai for time being and hope to host cricket match in Afghanistan some day.