BREAKING NEWS: Afghanistan and Ireland confirmed as Full Members by ICC

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Afghanistan and Ireland have been confirmed as Full Members by the International Cricket Council (ICC), meaning they will be able to play Test matches.

The pair had been Associate Members, but made applications to earn top status and become the first new Full Members since Bangladesh in 2000.

The ICC made the announcement on Thursday after "a recommendation that their applications met newly approved member criteria".

It will put them on a level playing field with the likes of India, South Africa and Australia and marks a meteoric rise for both.