Afghanistan were granted Test status on June 22     Getty Images
Afghanistan were granted Test status on June 22 Getty Images

June 22, 2017 is marked as a memorable day in the history of Afghanistan cricket as the team, as a result of their inspiring performances in a brief period, was rewarded with the Test status. Now, an Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) source has revealed that if things go right, Afghanistan will put the reward to good use, playing their first ever Test by the end of 2017. The source further revealed that the board is in talks with both Zimbabwe and Ireland and that they are expected to come up with the confirmation soon. READ: Afghanistan qualify for ICC U19 World Cup 2018

We will play our first Test by the end of this year, the source confirmed and later replied promptly with the names of Zimbabwe and Ireland as prospect opponents. We have spoken with the boards, he added. Earlier, Sportswallah.com had reported saying Afghanistan will play their first full series, consisting three Tests, five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) from December 2017 to January 2018. When asked about it, the source informed that ACB held a meeting on Sunday about Afghanistan playing their first Test in 2017 and that nothing has been confirmed as of now.

On June 22, both Afghanistan and Ireland were granted Test status but the sides are still awaiting to don the whites and play their maiden Test.