Afghan Chief Executive to watch India-Afghanistan test match tomorrow

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Afghanistan will bowl first in their debut Test match after stand-in India captain Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and elected to bat in the one-off match in Bengaluru.

Afghanistan received recognition from the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2001 and are now the 12th Test-playing nation in the world. 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.

The Afghans were granted one-day global competitive status by the ICC in 2009, but the rigors of cricket's five-day Test format will be new to the Afghan players, making India the overwhelming favorite in the match. "We have worked hard over the last couple of days for this and we will do our best". On behalf of all Afghans I pay tribute to their contribution to the game of cricket and honour them for their contribution to the game. "I convey my best wishes to both the teams, I'm sure the game will score a win for the renown Afghan fortitude and for the historic friendship between Indian and Afghanistan".

Said Rahane, standing in for the injured Virat Kohli, "Every Test counts and we don't want to take anyone lightly".

India will field an under-strength side in the one-off test as they have one eye fixed on the long global schedule ahead. "And it is a matter of great pride and enormous pleasure that Afghanistan has chosen to play its maiden test match with India", Modi said in a statement. We are focusing on our strengths and positives and not thinking about Afghanistan. However, being a quick learner, he came back well in the final session varying the pace of his deliveries and getting the ball to dip in troubling the middle-order with a final spell of 9-2-15-1.

Bangalore, India, June 14, 2018 (AFP) -Afghanistan clawed their way back after India´s Shikhar Dhawan hit a blazing century on Thursday as the minnows capped their astonishing rise from war and refugee camps to joining the sport´s elite. But, the fact is that only five of the 16-member Test squad - captain Stanikzai, Mohammad Shahzad, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman - will cross over from Dehradun to Bengaluru.

It also reached the Super Ten stage in the World T20 in 20016 and beat eventual champions West Indies in a league match. This alone makes the contest between them and the Indian bowlers, in particularly Ashwin and Jadeja, a mouth watering one. If their game remains true to the spirit with which they have played white-ball cricket, they will be fearless, unrelenting and won't be overawed by the occasion.

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