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14 June 2018, 04:16 | Charlene Valdez
India's Nair reacts at Afghan skipper Stanikzai bold statement on spinners
"As President of Afghanistan, I welcome their maiden Test match against India". First ball is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. India Standard Time on Thursday, June 14, at 40,000-seat M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, India.
Since gaining ODI status in 2009 the Afghans have made giant strides and qualified for their second 50-over World Cup in England and Wales next year.
"I congratulate the people of Afghanistan as their cricket team plays their first worldwide test match".
With this one-off Test match, Afghanistan will become a Test playing nation, who have been making an upward curve in the limited-overs format.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Afghanistan Test cricket debut against host India, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article.
The top T20 bowler in the ICC rankings, Khan took the Indian Premier League by storm with 21 wickets for runners-up Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Karthik has appreciated the spirit of Afghanistan players as he felt they have flourished themselves in conditions of turmoil.
"Its a matter of great pride and huge pleasure that Afghanistan has chosen to play its maiden Test match with India".
It could be a healthy piece of advice for first-timers Afghanistan too who have created quite a stir by claiming to own spinners better than that of their opponents.
"I think there will always be a bit of disappointment in the players not to be on the same field as Virat, but at the same time we look to win the Test match and beat India, we don't beat Virat", said Simmons.
Rahane, who is standing in as captain for Kohli, said his side will have to fight for victory.
Speaking about the upcoming series he said: "As a Test team we can not take anyone for granted because cricket is a amusing game".
"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".
"Every member of a team always believes their team is good, that their bowling attack or their batting is better", Rahane said with a wide smile when reminded of his opposite number, Asghar Stanikzai's bold statement in the lead up to this Test. "Everyone knows Afghanistan is a tough place and the turmoil that they are going through, yet they are able to inspire people with their performances".
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