Ireland and Afghanistan promoted to Test Playing nations

Ireland and Afghanistan promoted to Test Playing nations

International Cricket Council (ICC) has approved Ireland and Afghanistan as its Full Members as the two teams are now the 11th and 12th Test playing nations. This is the first time any team has been given Test status after Bangladesh achieved it in 2000.

The confirmation of full membership was made in the annual conference of ICC in London on Thursday. Afghanistan and Ireland's boards had applied to the ICC to have their status upgraded from Associates, and this was put to vote at the meeting on Thursday.

The ICC confirmed the news on Thursday afternoon, posting on Twitter: "@ACBofficials and @Irelandcricket confirmed as Full Members after a unanimous vote at ICC Full Council meeting.

Ireland are now 12th position while Afghanistan are placed at 10th position in ODI rankings. The two countries have shown some notable performances against Test playing nations in ICC tournaments. Ireland shocked England in 2011 World Cup while Afghanistan recently drew an ODI series with T20 champions West Indies.