Afghanistan to play its debut Test against India

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Afghanistan Cricket Team To Play Test Against India

India are all set to host Afghanistan for their first-ever Test match after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sanctioned the idea in their Special General Meeting (SGM) on Monday.

As per the new FTP, Team India will play a total of 158 worldwide matches, which will include 85 matches in India (19 Tests, 38 ODIs and 28 T20s), and 73 overseas (18 Tests, 29 ODIs and 26 T20s). The dates of the historic Test will be chalked out later. However, this is the first time India would be hosting an ODI World Cup completely, thus not sharing the hosting rights with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

He said India will also host 81 matches across all the three formats from 2019 to 2023 according to the new Future Tours Programme (FTP).

However, the BCCI insisted that the number of playing days per year for the cricketers will decrease. Half of our games will be against Australia, England and South Africa. "The BCCI has agreed", Johri said.

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ACB chairman Atif Mashal and CEO Shafiqullah Stanikzai had met BCCI CEO Rahul Johri in Mumbai and requested to play against India.

The Board also decided against coming under the jurisdiction of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) and reiterated that it already follows the regulations laid down by WADA, which is the global anti-doping agency.

Reacting to BCCI's decision, Ruchir Modi, son of Lalit Modi and president of Alwar District Cricket Association, welcomed the revocation of suspension. Now, we are in a position where we have to pay Rs 850 crore fine after losing the arbitration to Kochi Tuskers.

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