Afghanistan and Ireland have submitted their bids to become the 11th and 12th test playing nations under ICC. If and when their bids are accepted, they will become the first countries to get full member status since Bangladesh in 2000. The news is remarkable for Afghanistan as the team have shown tremendous improvement over the years despite their country being ravaged by war and radicalism.
This boost in their rankings came after they defeated Ireland in Intercontinental Cup this year. The Afghan cricket team is currently based out of Noida in India shifting their base from Sharjah last year. A number of Afghan cricketers have set the international scene alight in recent times, especially spinner Rashid Khan and pacer Mohammed Nabi. Rashid Khan was great success in the IPL scalping some of the biggest names in international cricket. Nabi also enchanted spectators with blazing speed and terrific accuracy. Both the bowlers jumped multiple places to end up in top 10 if ICC ODI bowling rankings.
Afghan Cricket Board chairman Atef Mashal confirmed the news by saying, “A committee is working inside the cricket board, and we will work on our proposal to present it to the ICC in the future, and hopefully full membership and Test status are on the way. We can not give any time frame at the moment, it is upon the ICC, they will decide when to give Afghanistan the Test status, and it is not in our hands.”