Afghanistan set to play first ever Day-Night Test
The Indian cricket team is scheduled to play a four-match Test series later this year against the hosts Australia. Before that series takes place, the Aussies have been scheduled to play a Day-Night Test versus Afghanistan, starting November 21 in Perth.
The decision to play a single Test was taken after consultation between both the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) and the Cricket Australia (CA). Lutfullah Stanikzai, the chief executive of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) seemed very positive that the tour will take place if the Covid-19 pandemic does not play spoilsport.
“Australia is a strong side in world cricket. However, our team will also be well prepared. The match will provide a great experience to them,” Lutfullah Stanikzai was quoted as saying in Sportstar.
Afghanistan made their appearance in Test cricket back in 2018 when they played their debut Test match against the hosts Indian at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The Afghans have so far played four tests matches and won two of them. They shocked the cricket world after beating Bangladesh by 224 runs last year in Chattogram.
However, the captain of the Afghan side acknowledged that the Australia tour would not be as easy as it was winning against Bangladesh.
“It’s early stages for us in Tests, we will be playing Australia in its home next year. In such conditions, you won’t get favorable wickets. You will get wickets which will hardly help the spinners, so we need to find out a few fast bowlers, who can bowl 130-plus. Once we have that, it will be easy for us to get wickets,” Rashid Khan said.