Afghanistan will host Ireland at their adopted home of Dehradun for three Twenty20s, five one-day internationals before a five-day Test match – only the second for both countries since their admission to cricket’s elite. This would be Afghanistan’s debut “home” Test match, despite it being on Indian soil in the foothills of the Himalayas.
In their opening Tests, both newest members to gain Test cricket status were beaten. While Afghanistan were easily swept aside by India last year, Ireland pushed Pakistan but eventually came short.
Since then both teams have focused on the shorter formats rather than the more traditional, longest form of the game. Afghanistan qualified for the World Cup in England, and will open their campaign against Australia in Bristol on June 2. But the focus for now is very much on the Test match, which had to be brought forward by four days so it didn’t clash with the start of the Indian Premier League on March 23.
Afghanistan’s three spin bowlers – Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb-ur-Rehman – are expected to feature in the IPL, which is now beginning earlier to give all the players rest ahead of the World Cup.
Afghanistan vs Ireland TV broadcast
The Afghanistan vs Ireland series will not be fully live broadcast on TV in India. D-SPORT will telecast the first and second T20Is, and 1st, 3rd and 4th ODI out of the five match series.