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Afghanistan set to play one-off Test against Australia in December

27 Aug 2020 CricBuzz

Afghanistan is all set to play their first-ever Test against Australia from December 7 to 11 in Perth, said Afghanistan Cricket Board's interim chief executive Nazim Zar Abdulrahimzai on Thursday (August 27).

The chief executive also added that he was confident that Cricket Australia would agree to ACB's request of hosting the one-off Test as a day game instead of it being played under lights.

According to the Future Tour Program, initially, Australia were expected to play the Test from November 21 to 25, but due to the Covid-19 situation, many tours and tournaments have been rescheduled or postponed. Incidentally, the Indian Premier League 2020 will be played between September 19 to November 10 in the UAE.

''We are going to play the one-off Test series against Australia in December,'' said Nazir, and added that they will also be completing the 14-day quarantine period. "We have requested them to play a normal Test match instead of the day-night Test match, as we have not played a D/N Test earlier. Our camp will be based in UAE ahead of the Australia tour, where we are expected to play a practice game before the lone Test,'' Nazir observed.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan's newly-appointed director of cricketer Raiees Ahmadzai said that the board would have a clear picture about whether the Test would be played under lights or not by Saturday. ''We will be forming the team for a good match against Australia. After Saturday [August 29], we will be in a good position to know [about whether it would be a D/N Test or not]."

Afghanistan have played four Tests so far, winning two and losing two.

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