Recently Afghanistan recorded its first win in test cricket in their second test match against Ireland after acquiring test status in 2018 from International Cricket Council. It was also the second test match for Ireland who registered their second consecutive loss after losing inaugural test match to Pakistan last year.
In this article we have a look at cricketing history with which team get the test status when and how long a team had to wait for taste of success in test cricket.
Australia & England:
England being known for being the inventors of the game it was 1877 England & Australia when both teams played first ever official test match. So both the teams are the first one’s to have received this distinction of test playing nations.Australia didn’t have to wait for first victory as they beat England in inaugural test match by 45 runs and also became the first winner in test cricket.
Pakistan became the 7th test playing nation when they toured neighboring India in 1952 to register their first ever test match. It was for the first time that a newly inducted side didn’t play its first test against England. Pakistan lost the first test match but return the favors in very next match when they beat India and taste the success as soon as in their second outing in test cricket. Become only the third team after Australia & England to taste the success so early. Pakistan have also portrayed great talent and skills over the years with likes of Hanif Mohamad, Fazal Mahmood, Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Majid Khan, Zaheer Abbas, Wasim Akram, Abdul Qadir, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar, Younis Khan, Mohmmad Yousuf and others………..
Spectators have to wait 30 years more before seeing a new test playing nation when Srilanka played its first test against England in 1982. Srilanka lost the first test match , but it took only three years to make his mark as in 1985 they beat India in their 14th test match to record its first international win in test cricket. Since then Srilanka have also produced plenty of stars like Arjuna Ranatunga, Aravinda Desilva, Sanath Jayasuria, Muttiah Muralitharan, Kumar Sangakara, Mahel Jayawardene, Chaminda Vaas and others who have braced the international cricket.
Ten years after Srilanka, Zimbabwe made their test debut when they lined up against India in 1992 and became only the second team after Australia in inaugural test to remain unbeaten in their first outing to test cricket. They have managed to draw the test match & did it with some pride. Bt they have to wait for about three years to register their first ever test win in 1995 when they beat Pakistan in their 11th Test. Zimbabwe’s journey in international cricket remains disturb due to political interference and racism. But still they had given many starts to international scene with Andy Flower, Grant Flower, David Houghton, Heath Streak, Brendon Taylor are the most renowned ones.
In 2000 Bangladesh Played their first test against India to become 10th test playing country. Although they lost to India after showing some good early signs. The international cricket was not a roller coaster ride for Bangladesh as they lean the tricks and trades of test cricket in a hard way. They loose 34 test matches before registering their first win against Zimbabwe in 2005. Bangladesh have a shorter journey but likes of Shakib Alhsaasn, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal & Mohammad Ashraful have showcased their talent in internal arena.
Now Ireland is the only test plying nation who is looking to record its first win in longest format of the game.