Passion for the game quickly spread, both in the camps and beyond. The national team was officially founded in 1995 and in the two decades since, Afghanistan has gone from among the world's lowest ranked teams to its top tier, qualifying for two cricket World Cups and three World T20s. But it is with Thursday's match against India that the team enters the sport's highest pantheon of Test playing nations. Test matches, which can last up to five days, are considered the purest form of the game, demonstrating both the strength and the overall reliability of a team. Afghanistan are only the 12th nation to play at Test level since the first official Test match between England and Australia in 1877.