Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan hopes his country can get more opportunities to play Test cricket as it will help them to improve their current status. Meanwhile, Afghanistan has risen rapidly in recent time. They are the latest entrants in Test cricket, and their future looks a bit hazy. Afghanistan and Ireland were approved as full members by the ICC at their AGM in London in June last year.
Ireland played against Pakistan in their only Test this May. Afghanistan was welcomed into the fold with a Test against India in June. Afghanistan will have to wait long to play their next Test. They will take on fellow entrants Ireland in one Test next year. However, that series, which also includes five ODIs and three T20Is, in February, is yet to be confirmed.
The more we play, the better we get.
Moreover, another Test for Afghanistan is scheduled against Ireland in March, one against Zimbabwe in August and against the Windies in November. However, these are yet to be confirmed. The inaugural edition of ICC World Test Championship will begin next year where Afghanistan and Ireland’s name is missing.
Rashid Khan who has played 52 ODIs and 35 T20Is feels that the more they will play Test cricket, the more they will gather experience.
“The more we play, our skills will improve,” Rashid Khan said.
“We haven’t played many Test matches and the more we play, there will be changes and improvement. You would get to know how to bowl on certain pitches. So, we get to learn when we play more. The youngsters can also benefit from the overseas players and coaches. It will help us as we will be playing a lot of Tests in the future,” Rashid Khan added.
Furthermore, Rashid Khan speaks about their only Test against India. They were folded in just two days at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. He said that they were probably overawed by the occasion but as each session went by, things improved.
“When we played our first Test against India, in the first session, we didn’t know what we were doing. It was a special occasion and maybe we were a bit overawed. But as each session went, we were getting better,” Rashid Khan concluded.
Afghanistan has taken some giant strides in the cricket world. They have shown a great promise and have come up roses on the topmost stage.