Countries get Test status so easily nowadays!Let us go back to 1996 Cricket World Cup being played in England. While Indian supporters were anxiously following the death of Ramesh Tendulkar, father of Sachin, during the tournament, Bangladeshi supporters were overjoyed for some other reason. They were playing the World Cup most probably for the first time as a non-Test playing nation. And Akram Khan's Bangladesh defeated Pakistan in a World Cup match. Many sceptics say many things about the victory, but let us not go into all those details. This maiden victory in an ODI was the reason behind Bangladesh's subsequent Test status in 2000, which they still haven't justified properly.
Yesterday, another new country got Test status, much to the astonishment of cricket pundits. Now the Afghans have justified the astonishment by losing the Test against India in an inning within two days of play.
Countries do get Test status so easily nowadays.