ICC grants Ireland, Afghanistan Full Member status

Ireland and Afghanistan will now be eligible to play test cricket after they were voted in a full members of the International Cricket Council Thursday.

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The news confirmed by the ICC and comes 12 years after the last time an associate nation, Bangladesh was elevated.

The decision had been made in principle on the weekend and was now voted on by the full council. The two sides have become very competitive, particularly Afghanistan who have posted wins in recent times against Zimbabwe and the West Indies.

Former Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor extended his congratulations to the two nations via his Twitter account.

It is good news for Zimbabwe which has struggled to attract fellow full member teams to play it home or away.