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Teams touring India to play practice matches against Afghanistan: BCCI

In a major boost to Afghanistan’s international cricket prospects, the BCCI acting secretary, Amitabh Choudhary announced that all international teams touring India will now play one practice match against Afghanistan. The move is set to constantly provide high quality exposure to the budding cricketing nation.

This development comes on the back of his recent visit to Kabul to discuss bilateral cricketing relations between the two countries. India are also set to be part of Afghan history when they host them for their first ever Test from 14-18 June in Bengaluru.

Choudhary hoped this trend would help the Afghan players improve their skill levels and would help improve the cricketing tie-up between the two nations further, “Cricket will further strengthen ties between the two countries and deliver a message of peace. Afghan players are well known and loved in India because of their participation in IPL which will increase in the coming years.”

“It is a privilege for us to be playing Afghanistan in their historic first Test match as we did not want to let go of this opportunity.”

The ACB president, Atif Mashal, on his part, thanked the BCCI for providing them a second stadium in Dehradun, apart from the usual ‘home’ in Greater Noida. “Afghanistan is now a full member of ICC and we also enjoy cordial relations with BCCI which will be further strengthened as we strive to work together to further develop the game in the country,” he added.

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