'Today the dream has come true'
The enormity of the news overwhelmed players and coaches from both nations. Afghanistan allrounder Mohammad Nabi was overcome with emotion.
Finally our hard work pays off and the dream of @ICC Full-Membership comes true. Can't control my sentiments . الحمدلله— Mohammad Nabi (@MohammadNabi007) 22 June 2017
As was former Ireland offspinner Kyle McCallan.
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) 22 June 2017
Former West Indies allrounder Phil Simmons, who coached Ireland for eight years to make them a leading Associate nation, was also overjoyed.
Ireland batsman Gary Wilson highlighted the many people whose hard work was necessary for Test status.
Kevin O'Brien, one of the longest serving members on the Ireland side, followed suit, remembering those from generations past who had contributed towards this feat.
Growing up it was always a test match in the garden or a game of stump test! From today, we get a chance to make that a reality! Thanks to..— Kevin O'Brien (@KevinOBrien113) 22 June 2017
.. all who have come before us in Irish cricket! John Wright, Derek Scott are two men not to be forgotten amongst others! A massive day for.— Kevin O'Brien (@KevinOBrien113) 22 June 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) 22 June 2017
Afghanistan fast bowler Mirwais Ashraf joined team-mate Nabi in congratulating his countrymen on a momentous day in their cricketing history.
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
Former Ireland cricketer Michael Halliday, who represented Ireland in the years before their matches had international status, was among the old-timers around to celebrate the occasion.
Ireland playing test cricket! Even prouder to have played for this team in the past. Jimmy Boucher, Derek Scott enjoying the Elysian fields— Michael Halliday (@hallidaymick) June 22, 2017
Chris Carter would barely have been ten years old when Ireland beat Pakistan in the 2007 World Cup, but he was among those who appreciated the enormity of the two sides' achievements.
The reaction to the news was overwhelmingly positive the world over.
Congrats to Afghanistan and Ireland ! ICC Full Members !— David 'Bumble' Lloyd (@BumbleCricket) June 22, 2017
congratulations to Ireland and Afghanistan on test status. Really happy for both the countries.— Saqlain Mushtaq (@Saqlain_Mushtaq) June 22, 2017
Wonderful news that Afghanistan & Ireland getting Test status, congratulations to the both teams, looking forward to play against them— Rangana Herath (@HerathRSL) 22 June 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) 22 June 2017
Heartiest congratulations to Ireland and Afghanistan on test status. Really happy for both the countries.— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 22 June 2017
Ireland's newly elected prime minister also had a message to share.
As did Afghanistan's chief executive.