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On Thursday, 22nd June 2017 ICC awarded Test match status to the two new teams, Afghanistan and Ireland. This means these two countries have now become full member of the ICC and the total number of teams are increased from 10 to 12.

Unanimous vote at an ICC council meeting in London on Thursday confirm the addition of these countries cricket teams in the test playing teams.

It means the Afghanistan and Ireland men’s team will now be allowed to play the five-day test cricket. Which is the cricket most pinnacle format.

Afghanistan cricket board Chief Shafiq Stanikzai said: "For a nation like Afghanistan it is a huge and remarkable achievement, the entire nation will be celebrating across all five regions and different provinces, it is the perfect Eid gift, Everyone has waited for this news and has been so keen to hear this news. Afghanistan Cricket has gone from strength to strength and we dared to dream that this would happen and today it has become a reality.”

Cricket Ireland Chief Executive Warren Deutrom said: “We are delighted and proud with today’s historic announcement; It is an extraordinary testament to the talent and endeavor of thousands of passionate players, coaches, volunteers, staff, clubs and committee people.”

Bangladesh was the last team before these two who were honored to play the test cricket about two decades ago.

The teams that play test cricket are

  • Afghanistan
  • Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • England
  • India
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • Pakistan
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • West Indies
  • Zimbabwe