Dehradun: In not up to two weeks, Afghanistan will revel in what Bangladesh felt 18 years in the past once they performed a Take a look at for the primary time. Come June 14, the passionate Afghan gamers will to find out that the five-day model of the sport is a distinct beast altogether however Bangladesh skipper, Shakib Al Hasan, has sponsored them to do smartly. Bangladesh play Afghanistan in a 3 fit T20 sequence beginning right here on Sunday.
They have got come some distance, particularly in the previous few years. They have got international elegance gamers within the squad they usually deserve the Take a look at standing, stated Hasan, who has skilled the most efficient and worst occasions in Bangladesh cricket historical past, at the eve of the outlet T20.
Requested what sort of publicity Afghanistan must get going ahead in Exams, the superstar all-rounder added: So long as they play the highest groups continuously regardless of the layout. That are meant to give them sufficient publicity.
Bangladesh have themselves persevered difficult time within the longest layout ever since they performed their inaugural Take a look at in opposition to India in 2000. The sub-continental aspect has for sure develop into a potent pack at house however with 10 wins, 80 losses and 16 attracts from 106 video games, Bangladesh stay decided to beef up their file however the well-known victories in opposition to England and Australia within the final couple of years.
Their Twenty20 fighters this week, Afghanistan, too play India of their inaugural Take a look at in Bengaluru from June 14. The group from the strife-torn country has risen unexpectedly within the shorter codecs and expectancies are that they’re going to do the similar in five-day cricket.
Afghanistan’s power is their spin bowling, led by way of the sensational Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Zadran. Their batting is the weakest hyperlink however it may possibly most effective beef up with extra Take a look at fit revel in, feels trainer Phil Simmons.
The West Indian is aware of that his gamers do not know of what five-day cricket is all about however nonetheless expects them to be aggressive beginning with the India problem.
They have got exceeded expectancies within the shorter codecs within the final five-six years and there’s no explanation why they are able to’t do it in Exams even if this can be a lot harder than ODIs and T20s, stated Simmons.
Afghanistan would had been making ready only for his or her maiden Take a look at however for the following week they’ll need to persist with the slam-bang mode. Afghanistan skipper Asghar Stanikzai selected to look the sure of taking part in T20s proper sooner than the ancient Take a look at.
Bangladesh are very aggressive and if we beat them, we take that self assurance into the Take a look at. Additionally, we’re in reality in just right area right here in Dehradun. Now we have different house grounds in Higher Noida and UAE however with hills overlooking the stadium, this feels closest to Afghanistan, stated Stanikzai.
First Printed: June 2, 2018, 9:04 PM IST