Afghanistan and Ireland have become full members of the International Cricket Council. Now both teams have become the 11th and 12th full member states of the ICC. With this, both teams will now be able to play Test cricket. The ICC’s member committee advocated the status of the full test team for these two teams.
So far, England, India , Australia, West Indies, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe have full membership of the ICC. The decision was taken unanimously in the ICC’s annual general meeting. Before that both teams were Associate members.
The boards of Afghanistan and Ireland applied to the Associate to upgrade their position in the ICC. It was passed unanimously in the meeting held on Thursday. For the past few years, Afghanistan and Ireland had a good performance, and both of these teams were one of the strongest contenders for the test. Bangladesh was the last team to get Test status. In 2000, Bangladesh got the status of Test playing from the ICC for the last time.
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