Afghanistan’s advance towards Test status and Full Membership at the ICC stepped forward after the nation’s household four-day and Twenty20 competitions were granted five star and List A status individually. The choice was among those declared by the ICC on Saturday, taking after gatherings of the representing body’s Chief Executives Committee (CEC) and Board.
The multi-day competition at first started as a three-day rivalry before moving to a four-day structure in 2014, now known as the Ahmad Shah Abdali competition, with five local groups contending – Amo, Band-e-Amir, Boost, Mis Ainak and Speen Ghar. A 6th group, Kabul Green, joined the opposition in 2016.
The groups play each other twice before the two sides at the highest point of the table play for the finish of season title. The opposition keeps running from September through December.
The local Twenty20 competition, known as the Shpageeza Cricket League, likewise includes a similar six groups in a solitary round-robin design before semi-finals and a last. Afghanistan does not at present have a local 50-over rivalry.
The move to give Afghanistan’s residential rivalries top notch and List A status comes four months after Ireland’s three-group interprovincial rivalry was given a similar status height by the ICC.
The results from the ICC’s gatherings indicated a 12-group Test structure – partitioned into a main nine and base three – another solid sign that both Afghanistan and Ireland will be the following two nations given the chance to play Tests. Be that as it may, regardless of the possibility that they do get Test status, it is not yet clear if Full Membership will take after; there has as far as anyone knows been discussion of decoupling Test status from Full Membership.