Afghanistan ready for maiden test against top-ranked India

Awarded full member status alongside Ireland in June previous year, Afghanistan will become the 12th test playing nation in less than two decades after being recognised by International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2001. While the statement created quite a stir in the cricketing fraternity, India's stumper-batsman, Dinesh Karthik, has shot back saying that the host team has a lot of experience-something that matters the most in Test cricket.

"Over the last three days, the focus has been on tuning our minds, especially because we're coming in after two months of the IPL".

"The domestic structure is now in place back in Afghanistan. We like the bowling options in our squad and hope our team come out on top", he said.

Afghanistan will take a sense of excitement, not nerves, onto the pitch for their maiden test match on Thursday, skipper Asghar Stanikzai says. The service charges a $7.99 per month fee, but also offers a one-month free trial, allowing cricket fans to watch the history Test match for free simply by canceling the subscription before the one-month trial period concludes.

However, this does not work as Dhawan, who has played alongside Rashid in IPL and has faced the Afghan spinner in the nets many times; dominated over the bowler completely.

The Asghar Stanizkai-led team, who learnt their cricket in refugee camps in Pakistan, were awarded Test status past year along with Ireland.

Brief Scores: India 248/1 (Shikhar Dhawan 104, Murali Vijay 94 not out; Yamin Ahmadzai 1/28) vs Afghanistan at Tea. He became the sixth overall and first Indian to score a hundred before lunch on day one of a Test match. "Glad that they have chosen to play the historic match with India".

Afghanistan showcased better control with the ball in the final session and the scoring rate came down to 4.4 by stumps.

"It is an honour for Indian to host the Afghanistan National team at home grounds in Greater Noida and Dehradun". A win or loss is a different matter; whoever plays well will win. "We won't take them (Afghanistan) lightly", Rahane said.

Afghanistan cricket team captain Asghar Stanikzai, right, and teammate Mohammad Shahzad run for shelter during sudden rains at a training session ahead of one-off test match against India in Bangalore, India, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. They have also given their people something to look up to and cheer about amidst the constant political turmoil.

They have all possible options and strong spin department - left-arm wristspinner bowler in Zahir Khan, mystery spinners in Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan's leg spin, conventional finger spinners and all-round options in Mohammad Nabi and Amir Hamza.

  • Rosalie Stanley