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Cricket: Afghanistan not nervous ahead of realising test dream – Stanikzai

BENGALURU (Reuters) – Afghanistan will realise an extended-cherished dream after they debut as a test nation on Thursday however captain Asghar Stanikzai dominated out being nervous ahead of the match in opposition to their high-ranked hosts India.

Cricket – India v Afghanistan – Afghanistan Team’s Press Conference – Bengaluru, India – June 13, 2018 – Afghanistan’s cricket workforce captain Asghar Stanikzai (L) and Afghanistan’s National Team Manager Shir Agha Hamkar handle a information convention. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa

Awarded full member standing alongside Ireland in June final 12 months, Afghanistan will develop into the 12th test taking part in nation in lower than 20 years after being recognised by International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2001.

Stanikzai admitted his inexperienced unit confronted a frightening job within the lengthy format however mentioned they had been decided to place their greatest foot ahead.

“We are not feeling nervous,” he advised a information convention on Wednesday. “We really feel we’re properly ready. Every participant is pondering how they’ll play their greatest match.

“Yeah, it’s a new format for the workforce however we’ve got performed in 4-day matches. We have succeeded in our plans and we are going to look play this test the identical approach.”

India skipper Ajinkya Rahane mentioned it was an “honour” to face Afghanistan of their maiden test however warned his workforce in opposition to any complacency.

The 30-year-outdated batsman mentioned his workforce mates would wish to adapt to test cricket after taking part in within the Indian Premier League Twenty20 competitors during the last two months.

“Getting back to Test cricket from (Twenty20) is all about tuning your mind rather than focusing on your skills,” Rahane mentioned.

“What is important is that every test match counts and we can’t take them lightly. It’s like any other test match for us. We just want to go out there and be ruthless.”

India are with out common captain Virat Kohli, who initially opted to play for the English county championship aspect Surrey in June however that did not materialise as he harm his neck whereas fielding in the course of the IPL.

First-choice wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha and paceman Mohammed Shami are additionally out of motion with accidents.

Cricket – India v Afghanistan – Indian Team’s Press Conference – Bengaluru, India – June 13, 2018 – India’s test cricket workforce captain Ajinkya Rahane addresses a information convention. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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