The last time Australia and Afghanistan played in the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Afghans did not get the ICC test status then. Both the teams will face each other again in the upcoming 2019 World Cup. Through the Afghans have not got plenty of opportunities to play cricket with Australia, which are one of the best teams of the world. However, according to the latest ICC`s new Future Tours Program (FTP), these two teams will play a test series in between 2019 to 2023.
According to the FTP, the ICC Test Championship will be starting next year. The top 9 ranked teams will participate in this competition. Therefore, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, and Ireland are not getting the opportunity to play here. However, the teams will play the bilateral Test series. Afghanistan will face Australia in both home and away series. Meanwhile, Afghans will be touring Australia for a Test series. And they will play their home matches in Sharjah.
From 2019 to 2022, a team will play 14 to 18 Test matches for the four-year term according to ICC new FTP. Afghan Cricket Board (ACB) President Shafiq Stanikzai told reporters in this regard, ‘These matches will not be under the Test championship. These are only bilateral series. Since we are not in test championship, the bilateral series will be good for our development’.
‘According to the new FTP, we will play 14 to 18 Test matches a year. There is a test against India in Bangalore, it is according to the previous FTP. The new one is from March 2011 to 2022’, Shafiq added.