Afghanistan ‘must meet expectation’
AFGHANISTAN face sky-high expectations at home ahead of their historic first-ever Test match starting on Thursday against India, captain Asghar Stanikzai has said.
The mood in war-scarred Afghanistan may also help the team when they step out at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
“It is itself history that we are playing the inaugural and historic Test match against the number one team in the world,” Stanikzai said. “The mood back home is very positive. They expect us to perform well because recently Afghanistan performed really well in T20 and one day internationals and their expectation will be the same for Tests.
“We have worked hard for this and will try to keep up our good performance in the Test match as well,” the 30year-old skipper said.
Since gaining one day international status in 2009, the Afghans have made giant strides and qualified for their second 50-over World Cup in England and Wales next year. They have also been part of four Twenty20 World Cups.