They have also been part of four Twenty20 World Cups.
Top-ranked India will be "ruthless" and not take Afghanistan lightly when they make their Test debut in Bangalore, skipper Ajinkya Rahane said Wednesday. Yes, we are going to focus on our strengths and our positives, without thinking about Afghanistan. This decision of allowing players time to prepare for the Test by monitoring their training schedules was a conscious one. So we still had 12-13 players who were training with red ball, and they've been doing the right things. And our spinners, Kuldeep (Yadav), Ashwin or (Ravindra) Jadeja, they are all experienced. They are quality spinners, they back each other. "We know they are a decent team, bowlers, but we're not sure of our combination yet". "When I played with them (Afghanistan) in Ireland, it was a little more greener than this and it still turned", he said. So, we've had our own Kuldeep. In young Zahir [Khan] we have a bowler of similar ilk and they have been bowling to the batsmen. When you practice it against a spinner you learn how to play him. "It looks a lot darker today than it did two days ago, so I think by the time tomorrow (Thursday) comes it will be dry enough to spin on it". "That's how we look at it", Simmons said. Stanikzai said the plethora of talent in Afghan cricket comes from a host of domestic tournaments in T20, ODI and four-day formats, which go live on social media. "When you look at it, all spinners in this contest will be excellent". We all know the stats but we don't want to focus on the stats.
Afghanistan was awarded full member status alongside Ireland in June previous year. Access to different training wickets and modern facilities has been maximised so much that Simmons downplayed the prospect of being undercooked. That's the only thing that you can really prepare. They have played some terrific brand of cricket in the shorter versions of the game and their 3-0 series victory against Bangladesh is a sheer reflection of how they have improved in the recent past. His answer elicited laughter among those in attendance.
Speaking about the upcoming series he said: "As a Test team we can not take anyone for granted because cricket is a amusing game. I am sure that the game will score a win for the renowned Afghan fortitude and for the historic friendship between India and Afghanistan", Modi added. We're happy that we're here and we're playing India and Virat is not India.