Afghanistan ‘must meet ex­pec­ta­tion’

The Phnom Penh Post - - SPORT -

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.

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