“I had the dream to play Test cricket for Afghanistan. We have worked really hard for that in a short time, not last 13 to 14 years, we have achieved that target eight to seven years. We struggled a lot, we had to prepare mentally, combine a team combination”
Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi could not ask for a better sign-off from Test cricket than finishing on a winning note against a higher ranked Bangladesh side. Afghanistan on Monday crated history beating hosts Bangladesh by 224 runs on a rain affected final day and registered their second win in three matches having achieved the Test status in 2017.
Afghanistan were put in doubt of their ability and mettle needed for longer-version cricket. But the side brushed all questions aside as they dominated Bangladesh in all departments and thoughout the five days.
“It’s a historical win because in this format, we are new. We have played only three games against India, Ireland and now Bangladesh and we won two games. It means we are good in this format and it means that our domestic structure is strong,” said Nabi who had announced retirement following the lone Test against Bangladesh.
“The youngsters, the way they are playing, the way they are adjusting to the condition, it’s really a brilliant team. May be it’s a bright future as well for the youngsters to play in this format,” said the 34-year-old added.
Persistent rain had kept the wickets at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium under cover for most of the day but it was not enough to wash-off humiliation that was destined for hosts Bangladesh.https://t.co/8XODQbs2D9— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) September 9, 2019
Afghanistan have earned name as a competitive cricket team in shorter formats of the games. And now their colors in red ball cricket are also at display. Nabi credited hard work for the past eight years and a strong domestic structure for their early success in the format of the game.
“I had the dream to play Test cricket for Afghanistan. We have worked really hard for that in a short time, not last 13 to 14 years, we have achieved that target eight to seven years. We struggled a lot, we had to prepare mentally, combine a team combination,” informed Nabi.
“We have played [ICC] Inter Continental Cup [international four-day cricket competition] for three times and we won twice and were runners-up once. It’s a very good result and because of that ICC gave us Test status. And I am very happy to be part of that generation of Afghanistan. My plan is, the youngsters would be prepared for next Tests as they are the future for us. That’s why I leave Test matches and focused for one-day internationals and T20s,” said Nabi who is to continue and focus playing ODI and T20I for Afghanistan.