Wel­lDe­served Test Sta­tus

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL - Noorul­lah Yousuf Zai, Kabul, Afghanistan.

In a re­cent ex­ec­u­tive board meet­ing of the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC), the is­sue re­lated to grant­ing of Test sta­tus to Afghanistan and Ire­land was dis­cussed, while the fi­nal de­ci­sion in this re­gard would be taken at the ICC Board meet­ing in April this year. Afghanistan has been an As­so­ciate Mem­ber of the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC) since 2013 and has been a top per­former com­pared to the other as­so­ciate and af­fil­i­ate ICC mem­bers. Though it is the youngest side play­ing in­ter­na­tional cricket, it has emerged as the most com­pet­i­tive cricket team, far­ing well against both as­so­ciate and full mem­bers of the ICC. Re­cently, Afghanistan beat Ire­land and Zim­babwe by clear mar­gins. It’s top play­ers are ac­tively par­tic­i­pat­ing in such fran­chise-based cricket leagues as Pak­istan Su­per League (PSL), In­dian Cricket League (IPL) and the Big Bash League ( BBL) of Aus­tralia. Briefly put, when it comes to the grant­ing of Test sta­tus, no other team de­serves it more than Afghanistan.

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