India agree to be Afghanistan's first Test opponents
India have been confirmed as the opponents and hosts for Afghanistan's historic maiden Test match.
Afghanistan, together with Ireland, became the ICC's newest full members in June, enabling both nations to play Test cricket for the first time.
On Monday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced it would play host to Afghanistan's debut.
"Afghans were scheduled to play their first Test in 2019 versus Australia but considering the historic relationship between India and Afghanistan, we decided to host their first Test," BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.
A subsequent tweet from the Afghan Cricket Board's official account read: "@ACBofficials and @BCCI have agreed that Afghanistan will play its first Test match against India. The exact date and venue of the historic match will be shared in a joint press conference with @BCCI in due course."
@ACBofficials and @BCCI have agreed that Afghanistan will play its first test match against India. The exact date and venue of the historic match will be shared in a joint press conference with @BCCI in due course.-- Afghan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) December 11, 2017
India currently top the ICC Test rankings and have beaten Afghanistan in each of the three limited-overs fixtures between the sides.