Prime Minister Modi Congratulates Afghanistan Team on Historic Test Debut
Afghanistan First Test Series match against India began on Thursday. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates Afganistan on the occasion via Twitter. The PMO also shared a letter in Twitter with special wishes to the Afghanistan team.
Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathod read the summary in the letter. “It is a great pride for us, Afganistan playing its debut test match against India in India. It is desirable to have a team of young people in the International Cricket Council in the shortest possible time. The Afghans have won the Test status last year. They have gone through many challenges and difficulties in their journey.” Modi’s congratulated both the Cricket boards and the players who are participating in the inaugural Test. He also wished this Test match will help in strengthening ties between the two nations.
In a tweet, PM Modi wrote, “I congratulate the people of Afghanistan as their cricket team plays their first international test match. Glad that they have chosen to play the historic match with India. Best wishes to both teams! May sports continue to bring our people closer and strengthen ties.”
Union Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Rajyavardhan Rathore further went on to give his best wishes to both the teams in a tweet. “May the best team win! Delighted to be at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium where Afghanistan makes its debut in test cricket against India. Hope this game marks the beginning of a new inning for the people of Afghanistan and for our countries’ relationship,”
On the other hand, Afghanistan’s Cricket Board chief Aftab Mashal also read the statement of Afghan Prime Minister Ashraf Ghani. “I wish to congratulate Afgan cricket team playing in the Test series against India. I’m proud of this. I believe that someday this team will be the best team in the world. This is a historic day. Special thanks to BCCI for supporting the development of Afghan cricket. Similarly, other ICC Test nations are also seeking to play in Test matches with Afghanistan, “the Afghan prime minister’s statement said.
Minister of Sports Rajyavardan Rathore was present on the ground and he read out the message sent by the Prime Minister before the game began.
The Afghanistan Cricket Board chief, Atif Mashal, also read out a statement from Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani.
Led by Asghar Stanikzai, Afghanistan become the 12th test playing a nation in less than two decades after being recognised by International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2001.
“It’s a very proud moment,” Stanikzai said at the toss. “All the guys have some first-class experience, but our first test, obviously. “Maybe the first one hour it will be a good wicket for bowling.”