Ireland and Afghanistan got the position of test playing teams.

Blog By- Harinadh.A.S

London: Ireland and Afghanistan got the position of test playing nations. ICC had decided to give Ireland and Afghanistan the position of Test Playing nations. Afghanistan will be the 11th and Ireland will be the 12th teams to become the test playing nation. Afghanistan and Ireland had submitted the request to ICC for the approval of their permanent membership in ICC.

Both team got the position for their wonderful performance in the international level and their development in their first class cricket. Ireland got ODI playing team position in 2005, while Afghanistan got it in 2009. Now they became the permanent members of the ICC. Ireland got the ODI playing nation membership for their extra ordinary performance in the ICC Trophy tournament. They became the runners’ up in that tournament, which was held in 2004 in their home. They also defeated West Indies and England in the world cup. Ireland participated in the two world cups after 2004.

Afghanistan is also a strong team. They got the ODI playing country status in 2009. They performed well after that. They finished sixth position in the  world cup qualifiers which was held in South Africa. They gained success in the ODI and T 20 series victory over Zimbabwe. Most recently they drew the match against West Indies. West Indies participated the past two T 20 world cups and showed their strength.

Ireland is looking forward for test match against England in 2019 at Lord’s as they were granted with the status of Permanent Members of ICC.

The list of Permanent members and the year

AUSTRALIA/ ENGLAND- 1877

SOUTH AFRICA- 1889

WEST INDIES- 1928

NEW ZEALAND- 1930

INDIA- 1932

PAKISTAN- 1952

SREE LANKA- 1982

ZIMBABWE- 1992

BANGLADESH- 2000

AFGHANISTAN/ IRELAND- 2017*

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