Afghanistan skipper Rashid Khan calls for more matches against top-ranked sides

Afghanistan skipper Rashid Khan feels that they hardly get any matches against top ranked sides like India, Australia and New Zealand
Afghanistan skipper Rashid Khan calls for more matches against top-ranked sides Afghanistan skipper Rashid Khan calls for more matches against top-ranked sides
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Afghanistan are one of the fast improving side across all three formats of the game. Recently, playing only their third Test match, they beat Bangladesh in the one-off Test and reached the final of the tri-series featuring Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. In fact, the final game against Bangladesh was washed out without a single ball being bowled.

According to the current FTP, Afghanistan aren’t playing a lot of big sides in the coming years. Their next bilateral series against Bangladesh is in March 2022 with three ODIs and two T20Is after which they play Australia in two Tests and three ODIs.

Skipper Rashid Khan felt that his side needed frequent and better tours to improve their standards.

He said, "We should have longer series against Bangladesh, like have the main focus on 50 overs and Test matches. Cricket boards should think about it. There should be a three-match Test series. More 50 overs and Tests would be better for both nations."

As they have hardly had the opportunities to play quality pace bowlers, the skipper feels that it had hampered their chances at the ICC World Cup 2019 where they finished at the bottom of the table.

"We have played only twice against Australia, New Zealand and England in the last five years. If we played more against them, we could have known their strengths and weaknesses. It should be looked into. The best example is Bangladesh. They played a lot against South Africa and ended up having the best result against them in the World Cup.

If we want to be a good side, we should play more against the top sides. Not one match in four years. These teams have four fast bowlers who bowl 140 plus. We play against Scotland and Ireland, and they hardly have a 140 plus bowler."

Afghanistan's eventual goal is to be a part of the ICC World Test Championship.

"We are quite sad not to be part of the World Test Championship, but I think all we can do right now is play good Test cricket, to prove that decision wrong. But at the same time, you can't put a side in the championship who have played only three Tests."  

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