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Reuters | Bengaluru | Published: June 16, 2018 1:40:53 Afganisthan cricket team captain Asghar Stanikzai (R) and Coach Phil Simmons during a press conference.

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  • By: Reuters | Bengaluru | Published: June 16, 2018 1:40:53 Afganisthan cricket team captain Asghar Stanikzai (R) and Coach Phil Simmons during a press conference.
  • (PTI)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 Chinnaswamy Stadium amid much fanfare this week.
  • 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.
  • “There has to be a lot more ‘A’ team cricket played against big countries’ ‘A’ teams… like England, India, Bangladesh, Australia like that,” Simmons said.


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