Afghanistan set to play inaugural cricket test against India

NEW DELHI (AP) Afghanistan is set to play its debut cricket test next year against India, with dates and a venue expected to be announced soon.

Afghanistan and Ireland were elevated to full test membership of the International Cricket Council last June, and Ireland has already confirmed its inaugural test match will be against Pakistan in May.

Board of Control for Cricket in India Rahul Johri posted a message on social media after Monday's special general meeting in Delhi to say "India to play inaugural test against Afghanistan. Welcome them to five-day cricket."


New Zealand beats West Indies by 240 runs in 2nd test

HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) Trent Boult captured his 200th test wicket as New Zealand beat the West Indies by 240 runs on Tuesday, completing a 2-0 sweep of its first test series since March.

Boult took 2-52 as New Zealand bowled out the West Indies for 203 after setting the tourists a target of 444 for victory. New Zealand made 373 and bowled out the West Indies for 221 for a 152-run first innings lead, declared its second innings at 291-8 late on day three and had the West Indies 30-2 overnight. (MORE)

West Indies 106-5 at lunch on day 4, 2nd test vs NZ

HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) Trent Boult claimed his 200th test wicket as New Zealand closed in on a match and series win over the West Indies on the fourth day of the second test.

The West Indies, needing 444 runs to win the test and level the two-test series, were 106-5 at lunch on Tuesday, still 338 runs behind. Roston Chase was 32 not out, Raymon Reifer was unbeaten on 9 and Sunil Ambris retired hurt. New Zealand won the first test by an innings and 67 runs. (MORE)

Pakistan suspends Nasir Jamshed for 1 year

ISLAMABAD (AP) Pakistan opening batsman Nasir Jamshed has been banned for a year for not cooperating with the Pakistan Cricket Board's anti-corruption tribunal in a match fixing fixing case.

"The charge leveled upon Nasir Jamshed by the PCB so far was simply one of a failure to cooperate," PCB's legal advisor Taffazul Rizvi told reporters in the eastern city of Lahore on Monday. (MORE)

Shakib Al Hasan returns as Bangladesh test captain

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) Shakib Al Hasan has been reinstated as Bangladesh's test captain to replace Mushfiqur Rahim for next month's series against Sri Lanka.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board announced the decision after a weekend board meeting, with president Nazmul Hassan saying it was designed to allow Mushfiqur "to focus on his batting and remain pressure-free." (MORE)

West Indies 30-2 at stumps on day 3, 2nd test vs NZ

HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) Ross Taylor scored his 17th test century to equal the New Zealand record Monday and to put his team fully in control of the second cricket test against the West Indies.

Taylor made an unbeaten 107 to join current captain Kane Williamson and Martin Crowe on the record before New Zealand declared at 291-8, setting the West Indies an unlikely victory target of 444 with two days remaining. (MORE)

English batsman reprimanded after bar incident in Australia

LONDON (AP) Ben Duckett will not play again for the England Lions in the remainder of their training camp in Australia after he was disciplined for reportedly pouring a drink over a teammate on a night out.

It is the latest controversy in a troubled Ashes tour for England, with allrounder Ben Stokes not with the team following an altercation on a night out in England in September while Jonny Bairstow reportedly head-butted Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft in a bar at the beginning of the tour. (MORE)

Sri Lanka trounces India by seven wickets

DHARAMSALA, India (AP) Sri Lanka beat India by seven wickets in the first one day international on Sunday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Earlier, Suranga Lakmal picked up a career-best 4-13 as India was bowled out for 112 runs in 38.2 overs. (MORE)

West Indies 215-8 at stumps on day 2, 2nd test vs NZ

HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) A lengthy rain break in the middle of the afternoon Sunday helped change the trajectory of the second day of the cricket test between New Zealand and the West Indies, contributing to another collapse by the Caribbean side's middle order.

The West Indies were 87-2, replying to New Zealand's first innings of 373, when rain began to fall around the middle of the second session. No further play was possible before tea or for the first 20 minutes of the final session. (MORE)

West Indies 215-8 at stumps on day 2, 2nd test vs. NZ

HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) Scores Sunday after the second day of the second cricket test between New Zealand and the West Indies at Seddon Park:

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