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Ireland and Afghanistan granted Test status after becoming 11th and 12th full ICC members


Years of lobbying ended at the ICCís annual general meeting on Thursday (22 June 2017) when Ireland and Afghanistan became the newest Test nations and were also granted full member status unlocking extra funding and voting rights.


Ireland are to hold talks with the England & Wales Cricket Board about holding a Test match at Lordís in 2019 after being granted full Test status by the ICC.

Irelandís first Test is likely to be against Afghanistan next year, who are based in Delhi due to security problems in their own country. But Ireland will be looking to play England in two yearsí time in what would be the biggest match in their history.

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The ICC has agreed a new revenue sharing model. India lobbied for more money after a vote at the last meeting to cut its funding. India will now receive £317m over the next eight years, the ECB £109m and seven other full members $101m each with Ireland and Afghanistan likely to receive $31m each over the eight years.

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