New Delhi (Sputnik) — Afghanistan cricket team will play their first exhibition match in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru on June 14 this year.
"Afghanistan's cricket team has been groomed into a good team which has the capacity to turn the tables. They have good players such Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi. They are young and full of energy. They are good at bowling and fielding but they have to improve a lot in their batting. Nevertheless, the India-Afghanistan inaugural test match in June will be historic, as Afghanistan will play their first test match," former Indian cricket player Ashok Malhotra told Sputnik.
Atif Mashal, the Chairman of the Afghanistan Cricket Board was in India last earlier this week. He met with officials of the Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) and later addressed a joint press conference to announce the date and venue of Afghanistan's inaugural test against India.
Joint press conference with @BCCI about Afghanistan’s inaugural test match against India. https://t.co/A0wY5P6cvY @EklilHakimi @BBCSanaSafi @ICC @rashidkhan_19 @ShafiqStanikzai @ShaidaAbdali @SadatNaderi @SenseandC_sense @ACBofficials— Atif Mashal (@MashalAtif) January 17, 2018
Shafiq Stanikzai, the Chief Executive of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) says he is hopeful that the test cricket match with India will be a historic one.
"We have a lot of good junior players emerging in our country. It is raw talent which needs polish and exposure. We aim to become a competitive test side in the next three years," Shafiq Stanikzai told the Indian media.
We will witness another historic moment in #Afghancricket when Afghanistan face India in a test match between June 14-18 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru between June 14 — 18.@ICC @rashidkhan_19 @EklilHakimi @ShaidaAbdali @SadatNaderi @ShafiqStanikzai @MohammadNabi007 @ https://t.co/XVerCUA59K— Atif Mashal (@MashalAtif) January 16, 2018
The Afghan cricket team qualified to play their first-ever One Day International (ODI) World Cup in 2015 and is likely to be a strong contender at the 2019 World Cup Qualifiers in March this year.