We have better spinners than India: Afghan captain Stanikzai

The one-off Test against India will be Afghanistan's first step towards being ranked on the ICC Test Team Rankings and a chance for their gifted players to enter the individual rankings after making a mark in limited overs cricket

For one-and-a-half years I have been out of the team and making efforts to improve my skills.

Anderson will sit out the games against Worcestershire and Hampshire as part of a six-week period of rest in a bid to be ready to face the tourists in a five-match series which starts on August 1. I still have this Test match to play and the "A" series comes only after this game.

"It´s fantastic to see two young Afghanistan spinners bamboozle world batsmen", Kumble, the third-highest wicket-taker of all time and now a commentator, told AFP.

In plight to play their maiden Test, Afghanistan team landed in Bengaluru from Dehradun. Asked about the pressure on him for not living up to the expectations after his landmark 303 (not out) against England at the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai, he said, "If you (the media) don't bring it up, I am not thinking about it anymore".

The BCCI said the Indian team management has requested the services of India A pacers Mohammed Siraj and Rajneesh Gurbani to prepare for the Afghan match.

Afghanistan will become the 12th nation to play Test cricket when they take on India from Thursday, with the hosts to be without skipper Virat Kohli. Khan was named the 2017 ICC Associate Cricketer of the Year, and now can't wait to move to test cricket.

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This year he was the star of the Indian Premier League, the cash-rich extravaganza in short-format Twenty20 cricket, helping the Sunrisers Hyderabad reach the final and more than justifying his $1.41-million price tag.

Trevor Bayliss had earlier revealed that the plan will be for Anderson, who played a starring role in the recent win over Pakistan at Headingley, to take an initial break from the game before stepping up his rehab as the India series approaches, and Anderson revealed a plan to return to action against Roses rivals Yorkshire in late July.

In his debut IPL season, Mujeeb finished with 14 wickets from 11 matches at a highly impressive average of 20.64 and an economy rate of 6.99.

When did you first think Afghanistan could actually play Test matches?

Not long ago, Karun Nair was celebrated as the only Indian to score a triple hundred after Virender Sehwag. "Now that I have got the opportunity to do well, I am excited".

"The whole world knows that (we have good spinners like) Rashid Khan, Mujeeb, Nabi, Rahmat (Shah), Zahir (Khan)", Stanikzai was quoted as saying by espn. They know they will get few innings and would be keen to make majority.

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