Hindu – Where do Afghanistan go from here?

Summary

  • Different ball gameWhite ball cricket is about attacking all the time, about doing different things in short spans of time, about throwing everything into your ten overs or four as the case might be, of swinging in hope when under pressure as a batsman.
  • It would be cruel to measure a team playing their first Test with the same yardstick used to measure one playing their 522nd, as India were.
  • Of the three teams granted Test status before Aghanistan and Ireland were this year, only Sri Lanka have looked the part.
  • A two-tier system (in practice, if not actually in laid-out theory) with Zimbabwe, Ireland, Bangladesh and Afghanistan playing Tests among themselves with perhaps another team or two is the more likely.
  • The World Test Championship cycle begins in June next year; only the top nine teams are in the fray.


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