Gulf News – Bengaluru: Afghanistan have a long way to go before they can challenge the leading Test nations and the best way to bridge the gap is to play regularly against their ‘A’ teams, coach Phil Simmons said after the team’s deflating long-form debut against India.

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  • Bengaluru: Afghanistan have a long way to go before they can challenge the leading Test nations and the best way to bridge the gap is to play regularly against their ‘A’ teams, coach Phil Simmons said after the team’s deflating long-form debut against India.
  • The war-ravaged country became the 12th Test-playing nation when they took on top-ranked India in the one-off match at Bengaluru’s M.
  • Afghanistan can contend well in limited-overs cricket, something they proved with a 3-0 blanking of Bangladesh in a Twenty20 series preceding the Bengaluru match, but were unable to cope with the demands of Test cricket on their debut.
  • To help them get more exposure, the BCCI has also decided that Afghanistan will also get to play a practice match against teams visiting India.
  • “There has to be a lot more ‘A’ team cricket played against big countries’ — A teams…


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