ICC chief sends good wishes to the Afghanistan team

ICC chief sends good wishes to the Afghanistan team

Afghanistan will be making their Test debut tomorrow against India.

Dave Richardson on Australia
Dave Richardson. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

Two promising, young teams- Ireland and Afghanistan– saw the daylight of Test cricket when they were crowned with the status last year by the International Cricket Status (ICC). The former already locked horns with Pakistan last month in Dublin and dished out an impressive show. Kevin O’Brien’s superlative ton helped the debutantes get Sarfraz Ahmed’s men by the scruff of the necks.

However, inexperience became a deterrent and they couldn’t quite get over the line. Nevertheless, the cricketing fraternity was all praises for the newcomers. Tomorrow, it will be Afghanistan’s turn to foray into the longest version of the sport. The team led by Asghar Stanikzai will lock horns with India, who are the number one ranked Test team, at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

The team has simply been outstanding in white-ball cricket, They have taken giant strides among the big boys of cricket and never shied away from expressing themselves at the highest level. Some of their players have also plied their trade in domestic tournaments around the globe and haven’t let their teams down by any stretch of the imagination.

A challenge for the Afghans

India have made the best of opponents bite the dust at home and the task for the Afghans won’t be a simple one by any means. Meanwhile, the world’s apex cricket body is delighted by the response for the Ireland match and is looking forward to tomorrow’s contest.

“We have seen recently in Ireland the sense of excitement and anticipation a country’s debut in the longest format of our game can bring and this will be no different. I am looking forward to watching this entertaining young Afghanistan team take on the ultimate test,” the ICC quoted.

Moreover, David Richardson, the Chief Executive Executive (CEO) of the ICC, sent good wishes for the Afghans on their maiden appearance in whites. “ICC Chief Executive David Richardson: On behalf of everyone at the ICC, I would like to wish Afghanistan all the very best for their first Test,”

Here is ICC’s post

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