New format, new challenge for Afghanistan against the dynamic Tigers
Promising Afghanistan will take on against Bangladesh in a Test match for the first time after getting their Test Status some months ago. The one and only test will start from Thursday in Chittagong.
Afghanistan had some mixed memories against Bangladesh in ODIs and T20s including some wins and losses. And tomorrow they’re going to make another history against the Tigers who had already been in the longest format of cricket for 19 years.
The match won’t be calculated as the part of the Test Championship tournament but for following the new trend of Test Cricket, both team had marked their name and jersey number behind their jerseys.
On the other hand, Afghanistan had a little experience of playing just two tests in their history of Test Cricket. Having lost their first-ever Test in Bengaluru against India under two days, the Afghanistan group set up a lively exertion in their second Test against Ireland in Dehradun to emerge triumphant. After that, Asghar Afghan was replaced by Rahmat Shah for the captaincy in Test. But without captaining in any match, Rahmat Shah was also replaced by the Afghanistan Cricket Board and named the all-rounder Rashid Khan the new captain of the team. Rashid Khan will be the youngest captain in 142-years Test Cricket history when he will come for the toss tomorrow.
As usual, the match is going to be influenced by lots of spins at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium and it is evident that the team which will use the spin options easily will win the match. Both team are led by two World class spinners in Rashid Khan and Shakib Al Hasan. In any case, rain has been forecast for every one of the five days.
As regular opener Tamim Iqbal had been rested for the match, Shadman Islam will open the innings with Soumya Sarkar or Liton Das. Alongside Shakib, there will be four spinners in the main XI. The only pacer in the main XI will be Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi.
Afghanistan will play with two leg-spinners and a chinaman Zahir Khan.
Afghanistan: Ihsanullah, 2 Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Alikhil (wk), Rashid Khan (captain), Yamin Ahmadzai, Qais Ahmed, Zahir Khan