Ireland and Afghanistan granted Test status and become 11th and 12th full IOC members

 
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William Porterfield is set to lead Ireland in Test matches (Source: Getty)

Ireland and Afghanistan have been granted Test status after they were handed full membership following a unanimous vote at world governing body the International Cricket Council’s annual conference.

Playing as an associate member since 1993, Ireland have recorded some famous one-day victories in that time, toppling Pakistan, England and West Indies.

By contrast, Afghanistan will go up against the world’s best having only achieved associate membership in 2013 and will increase the number of Test-playing nations to 12.

Ireland captain William Porterfield said: “It’s wonderful news for all of Irish cricket, with all the players already talking about playing in a Test match for the first time.

“We’ve all played in World Cups and achieved some memorable results along the way, but to play in a Test would be a bit special.”

Ireland and Afghanistan’s elevation represent the first admissions to the Test arena since Bangladesh in 2000.

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