In a landmark decision that would help the game of cricket to grow, Ireland and Afghanistan were awarded Test status by the International Cricket Council, thereby ending the long wait for the two countries, who have dominated the matches held between Associate nations for the better part of last few years. Expectedly, the announcement was celebrated across the world, with many taking to Twitter to express their joy.
This is how players from Ireland and Afghanistan reacted to the news on Twitter:
— Gary Wilson (@gwilson14) June 22, 2017
Full membership # congratulations to our all entire nation historical day and proud moment for Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/RyGTBtxDDp
— Mirwais Ashraf (@MirwaisAshraf16) June 22, 2017
Shout out to all my ex ireland team mates who helped get Test Status achieved along with my current ones. So many people have done so much — Niall John O Brien (@niallnobiobrien) June 22, 2017
— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) June 22, 2017
cricket in Ireland and around the World! A big congrats to Afghanistan also! A landmark day for two proud nations!
— Kevin O'Brien (@KevinOBrien113) June 22, 2017
Had to pull the car over. Can't see through the tears. Today the dream has come true. Congrats to everyone involved with @Irelandcricket.
— Kyle McCallan (@KMcOffie) June 22, 2017
Even cricketers from other nations, both current and former, welcomed the two nations into their fold.
Heartiest congratulations to Ireland and Afghanistan on test status. Really happy for both the countries. — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 22, 2017
Congratulations Ireland 🇮🇪 and Afghanistan 🇦🇫 for getting official test status. Two deserving countries. 👍
— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) June 22, 2017
Congrats Afghanistan and Ireland on the Full Member Status...now, the onus is on the older members to strengthen them by hosting them often! — Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) June 22, 2017
— Alan Wilkins (@alanwilkins22) June 22, 2017
— Luke Wright (@lukewright204) June 22, 2017
Congrats to Afghanistan and Ireland ! ICC Full Members ! — David 'Bumble' Lloyd (@BumbleCricket) June 22, 2017