The Afghanistan Cricket Board announced on Sunday that Australia will host them for a one-off Test match in November, 2021 which had been postponed owing to the coronavirus pandemic.
The match was originally scheduled to be held in November 2020, just before the hosts welcomed India for a long tour. However, due to the scheduling issues because of the covid-19 pandemic, the match will be now held in November, 2021.
According to the Afghanistan Cricket Board, Australia has agreed to host them for a Test match and the venue is yet to be decided. “Australia are a strong Test team and we are looking forward to facing them in the Test match in 2021. Unfortunately due to COVID-19 the Test was delayed but we are glad that it will finally take place,” ACB’s newly appointed chief executive Rahmatullah Quraishi told Cricbuzz on Sunday.
Afghanistan had achieved it’s Test status in 2017, playing four matches in total till date. They have won two of those Test matches against Bangladesh and Ireland. Afghanistan’s last Test match was against West Indies last year, which they lost by nine wickets. Rahkeem Cornwall was the difference between the two sides as he picked up ten wickets to hand West Indies a comfortable victory.
Afghanistan’s first Test match was against India at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The hosts won the match convincingly by an innings and 262 runs. Ajinkya Rahane, the vice captain of the Test team was the captain for the match against Afghanistan. It was a harsh introduction to Test Cricket for the Afghans but they would have surely gained immense experience.