List of Men’s Cricket Test Match Playing Teams

England and Australia are the two most old Test match playing nations in the world. Currently, there are 12 test match playing teams in the world. Afghanistan is the latest test playing nation since 14 June 2018.
Created On: Jul 1, 2020 19:02 IST
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Cricket Test Match playing Teams
Cricket Test Match playing Teams

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is the global governing body for international cricket, encompassing men's, women's teams. ICC is governed by the ICC Constitution.

Currently, there are 104 members of the ICC. ICC has two Membership categories which are as follows:

Full Members: These members are part of the governing bodies for cricket of a country recognised by the ICC. These members are authorised to play test matches organised by the ICC. Currently, there are 12 countries included in this list.  Zimbabwe has been included in the ICC list again.

Associate Members: These members do not qualify as a full member but cricket is firmly established and organised in these countries. Currently, there are 92 members in this category.

Currently, there are 12 Test-playing men's teams. All teams represent individual, independent nations, except for the West Indies, England &  Ireland.

Test status is given to a country or group of countries by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Teams that do not have Test-playing status can play in the ICC Intercontinental Cup.

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At the ICC Annual Conference 2017 in London, Afghanistan and Ireland were accepted as Full Members. So the total number of teams allowed to play the test match became twelve.

The list of test match playing teams is as follows;



Test Status Awarded



15 March 1877



15 March 1877


South Africa

12 March 1889


West Indies

23 June 1928


New Zealand

10 January 1930



25 June 1932



16 October 1952


Sri Lanka

17 February 1982



18 October 1992



10 November 2000



11 May 2018



14 June 2018

Interesting to know that the first officially ICC recognised Test match took place on 15–19 March 1877 between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), where Australia won by 45 runs.

Team India played its first test match against England at Lords in 1932 under the Captainship of C K. Nayudu. Englands won this match by 158 runs.

first test match of india

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A question may arise in the mind of the readers of this article that what is the criteria to give the status of test playing team. The International Cricket Council has made criteria to qualify as the test match playing team.

One criterion is as follows;

An associate nation needs to compete and win the Intercontinental Cup, which is a two-year first-class competition for associate nations.

The associate nation which wins the ICC Intercontinental Cup gets a chance to compete with the lowest-ranked Test team once every four years in the ICC Test Challenge.

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