Historic Test series: India to host Afghanistan for the first-time ever

Pakistan given fewer matches than associate nations by ICC

India has acted as a mentor for Afghanistan cricket, allowing the national side from the war-torn nation to play home matches for shorter formats of the game on the outskirts of Delhi.

In an official release, the Pakistan Cricket Board stated, "Our position is that PCB's agreement to the revised structures for worldwide cricket is subject to the condition that PCB has a valid agreement to play bilateral matches with India and India vs Pakistan matches would be included in the Future Tour Plans (FTP)".

BCCI said it has always stood by the Afghanistan Cricket Board and have taken active steps in the development of the game within the country and even outside.

The BCCI, on its part, is in no mood of budging from its stance, saying India would not play Pakistan outside ICC events unless Indian government approves it.

"The PCB has also informed the ICC that it has initiated a dispute resolution process against the BCCI under the ICC Dispute Resolution Committee Terms of Reference", a PCB release said.

It is to be seen now whether ICC has to conduct Indo-Pak bilateral series to ensure Pakistan agree to the schedule proposed by the BCCI. "We would like to thank the BCCI for granting this opportunity to us and accepting our request".

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India ended cricketing ties with Pakistan in the wake of 2008 Mumbai attacks, which killed more than 160 people and almost brought nuclear-armed arch-enemies to the brink of war.

The move is a big boost to the Afghanistan Cricket Board.

On being asked if India would like to travel to Pakistan if circumstances become favourable, Chaudhary said the BCCI would be really happy to find a place for it in its schedule.

Both Afghanistan and Zimbabwe will play almost equal number of Tests at home and away. "I congratulate both the Boards and wish Afghanistan the best as they now prepare for the longer format of the game".

Afghanistan and Ireland were given Test status in June by the International Cricket Council. In their first five years Bangladesh played 40 Tests while Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe played 24 Tests each.

Ahead of their tour of England in July 2018, the Virat Kohli-led Indian team will be travelling to Ireland to take on the Irishmen in two matches. The matches will be played after Ireland host Pakistan.

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