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Ireland, Afghanistan get Test status

Ireland, Afghanistan get Test status
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday inducted Afghanistan and Ireland as full members after a unanimous vote at the ICC Full Council meeting at The Oval here. Both nations will now be eligible to play Test cricket, thereby increasing the number of Test-playing countries to 12.

London: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday inducted Afghanistan and Ireland as full members after a unanimous vote at the ICC Full Council meeting at The Oval here. Both nations will now be eligible to play Test cricket, thereby increasing the number of Test-playing countries to 12.

"Afghanistan and Ireland were today confirmed as Full Members of the International Cricket Council (ICC) after a unanimous vote at the ICC Full Council meeting at The Oval," the global body said in a statement.

"Both will now be eligible to play Test cricket following a Membership Committee recommendation that the respective Full Member applications from each met the newly approved membership criteria and should be put forward for approval," the statement added.

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