The hero of IPL and Afghanistan Cricket Team, Rashid Khan will lead Afghanistan’s spin-heavy attack for the country’s first-ever Test match against India in Bangalore. Rashid Khan who emerged as IPL’s second highest wicket-taker was named in the Afghan squad along with fellow spinners Mujeeb ur Rahman, Zahir Khan and Hamza Hotak for the historic India-Afghanistan Test Match.
The 19-year-old Rashid Khan was a star player in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with 21 wickets for Sunrisers Hyderabad, while Mujeeb ur Rahman, 17, also impressed with his accurate bowling in IPL grabbing 14 wickets for Kings XI Punjab. Asghar Stanikzai will lead the Afghan side for India-Afghanistan Test Match, preceded by three Twenty20 internationals against Bangladesh.
India-Afghanistan Cricketing Relations
In a further boost to Afghanistan Cricket Team, all international teams visiting India will now have to play one practice game against Afghanistan, an agreement which will provide phenomenal opportunity and exposure to the dynamic Afghan team. The report was confirmed by the BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary.
Choudhary said this initiative by the BCCI and Afghan Cricket Board will not only increase the morale of Afghanistan Cricket team but also enhance their skills by providing vital international experience.
Cricket will further boost relations between India and Afghanistan and deliver a message of peace and friendship. Afghanistan cricket players, especially Rashid Khan are loved and admired by the Indian fans mainly due to their excellent performance in the IPL.
Atif Mashal (Chairman – Afghan Cricket Board) thanked the BCCI for providing a great opportunity to Afghan Cricket Team. He also praised the BCCI for providing a second stadium to Afghan team in Dehradun besides the one at Greater Noida, near the capital New Delhi.
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