The Chief Executive of the Unity Government Abdullah Abdullah has participated as chief guest in the historic test match between Afghanistan and India which kicked off today in Bengaluru city this morning.
In a statement posted online, Abdullah thanked the Board for Control of Cricket in India for hosting the Afghan team for their historic test match as he called the inaugural test match of the Afghan team as a historic event for the cricket in Afghanistan.
This comes as the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his best wishes ahead of the historic test match between the Afghanistan and India cricket teams.
“It is truly historic occasion today as the national cricket team of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan plays its first international cricket test match. And it is a matter of great pride and immense pleasure that Afghanistan has chosen to play its maiden test match with India,” Modi said in a statement.
He said “The young and talented Afghan national team has made great strides in a very short period of time. After becoming an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2001, it achieved the test playing status last year. During that journey, it has consistently performed against other full ICC members and test playing nations, recording milestone victories over them in various formats of the game.”
“These achievements have come about in challenging and difficult circumstances. This demonstrates the indomitable Afghan spirit to overcome all challenges and realize aspirations for a prosperous, stable, united and peaceful nation. Today, cricket is a unifying force for the people of Afghanistan,” Modi said in a statement.
He also added “India takes pride in being shoulder-to-shoulder with Afghanistan in this journey. It is an honour for India to host the Afghan national team at home grounds in Greater NOIDA and Dehradun. The people of India have shared the joy of millions of Afghans at the success of their players in tournaments in India and elsewhere.”