Afghanistan players might feature in IPL 2017 © Getty Images
Afghanistan players might feature in IPL 2017 © Getty Images

This has been a fruitful week for Afghanistan cricket. First, ICC shows ray of hope that Afghanistan are likely to get Test status and might start playing the longer format of the game and now their players can feature in the next edition of Indian Premier League (IPL). According to the Memorandum of Understanding sent by Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) which was recently approved by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). ACB’s Chief Executive Shafiqullah Stanikzai had a meeting regarding the matter with BCCI CEO, Rahul Johri at the headquarters in Mumbai. As a result of the meeting both the officials had a positive take on involving Afghan players in ucoming season of IPL.

This could also lead to international matches being played by Under-19 and A teams of both nations. This is a big step from both the boards as more and more Afghan players will get international exposure early on in their careers which will help them in the long run and also strengthen their position in future Test cricket circuit. Afghanistan coaches will also undergo training according to international norms, this MOU would also ensure Afghan players get to play in Indian National Cricket Academies, particularly Bangalore and MRF.

Afghanistan have shown their worth in limited overs format in recent times. They were able to beat ICC T20 World Cup winner team West Indies in the league stages. No other team was able to beat West Indies in the tournament. Their players have showed exemplary improvements in recent times.