Rediff – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Thursday the national cricket team was a source of pride to the war-ravaged country as it took on India in a historic first Test match and he urged other cricketing nations to take on the team.

Summary

  • Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Thursday the national cricket team was a source of pride to the war-ravaged country as it took on India in a historic first Test match and he urged other cricketing nations to take on the team.
  • India won the toss and chose to bat, making a strong start in the maiden five-day Test match in the Indian city of Bengaluru, attended by top government officials from both sides.
  • Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai was presented with a memento from former India all-rounder Salim Durani, who was born in Kabul, before the match began.
  • India has offered Afghanistan the use of two of its stadiums to host matches with other countries.
  • “We are lucky that some of our best players are getting a chance to live in India and represent our nation,” said an official with the Afghan Cricket Board.


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