The Oval: The two emerging teams in the sports of cricket where there is no King, Afghanistan and Ireland are the 2 new countries which can play Test Cricket in future, approved by ICC after a unanimous vote at the ICC Full Council meeting at the Oval.

Afghanistan and Ireland are now confirmed as Full Members of the International Cricket Council and will now be eligible to play Test cricket following a Membership Committee recommendation.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson congratulated to both the new contender for their Full Membership status as both the teams have achieved remarkable progress on the field. They have defeated major teams of world and sometimes have created upsets in World Cups.

For the nations like Afghanistan, it is proud moments for them and nation is celebrating it as an advance Eid gift. They have waited long years for Afghanistan Cricket to get an appreciable place.

Afghanistan is very much thankful to ICC for their action against world’s most emerging cricket teams. Ireland considers it as a historic announcement from council and has congratulated players, coaches, volunteers, staff, clubs and committee people for their extraordinary effort to make Ireland eligible.

ICC has removed the Affiliate Membership system, leaving only Full and Associate Members, with all previously categorised Affiliate Members becoming Associate Members.

Additionally, there will be Deputy Chairman for ICC when Chairman is not available for his duties. Every Board Member – including Full Member and Associate Member Directors, as well as the Independent Chairman and Independent Director – will each have equal votes, with a two-thirds majority necessary for a resolution to be approved