Afghan coach finds no hazard ‘playing with fasting’

Under the caretaking of Phil Simmons, Afghanistan are preparing themselves for their inaugural Test match that will be against India scheduled to start soon after the three match T20I series against Bangladesh. The intense practice sessions have been running well but cricketers are getting tired in the month of Ramadan to be trained up. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ রোজা রেখে খেলায় নেই সমস্যা!]

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Afghanistan will face India in historic Test. Photo: ICC

But despite the hours of long fasting, coach Phil Simmons said he is not worried for cricketers to play five day Test matches during Ramadan.

He said, “I have been with Afghan cricketers since last year. I know it is painful to fast for long hours because I myself tried to perform ‘roja’ with them in several occasions. But this is their religious culture; they are accustomed to do that. They played matches during fasting in the past as well. I respect their decision.”

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Simmons therefore told the most important aspect of the game for Afghanistan would be to hold the mentality of surviving five long days against India.

“They will know and realize the height of Test matches after their first game. They will learn how to be stable for long hours and keep fighting,” Afghan coach said.

The war locked country will play their historic inaugural Test match against India from 14 to 18 of June.

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