ICC awards Afghanistan, Ireland Test status

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PV Sports Desk : Afghanistan and Ireland have joined the ranks of full Test-playing nations after receiving approval from the International Cricket Council, making them 11th and 12th nations to join the elite group in the game.

The governing council voted on granting the two nations permission to play in the traditional five-day game through a unanimous decision at ICC’s Annual General Meeting in London on Thursday.

“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,” Reuters quoted Afghanistan Cricket Board Chief Executive Shafiq Stanikzai as saying.

“It is the perfect Eid gift,” he added, referring to the approaching Muslim holiday that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

“Everyone has waited for this news and has been so keen to hear this news. Afghanistan cricket has gone from strength to strength and we dared to dream that this would happen and today it has become a reality,” he said.