Afghanistan does not agree to play day and night Test in Australia
Despite the uncertainty, Afghanistan, the newest team in the edition, will play a Test series on Australian soil next December, and the country’s cricket board is overjoyed as the series is finalized. However, Afghanistan does not agree to Cricket Australia’s offer to play a day-and-night Test, citing unaccustomed pink as the reason.
According to the ICC’s Future Tour Program (FTP), the series was scheduled to take place in November, but uncertainty over the series between Australia and Afghanistan has also arisen due to the suspension of one bilateral series after another due to the coronavirus. However, with Cricket Australia finalizing the new schedule for the series, all fears have been allayed, with the only Test of the series to be held on December 7.
The ACB has already requested Cricket Australia not to play the pink ball. “We are going to play the only Test against Australia in December, ” said Nazim Jar Abdul Rahimzai, acting chief executive of the Afghanistan Cricket Board. Since we have not played day and night Test matches before, we have requested them to play ordinary Test matches instead of day and night Tests. ”
Rashid Khan will have to go to Australia for a 14-day quarantine before the match, but before that the Afghanistan Cricket Board is planning a camp in the UAE ahead of the series. “Before the tour of Australia, we will camp in the United Arab Emirates, where we hope to be able to host some practice matches before the only Test, ” the acting chief executive added.
This will be the first Test match against Afghanistan, which got Test status in 2018, as they have won two of the four Tests they have played so far. Rashid Khan will take on Australia in Perth on December 6, a match not part of the ICC Test Championship.