Afghanistan will take on India in their inaugural Test at Bengaluru from June 14, thus becoming the 12th Test playing nation.India skipper Virat Kohli however will be missing as he has opted for a county stint.
Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai however played down Indian captain's absence. "All Indian players are good. I believe we are playing with Team India and not with Virat Kohli," said Stanikzai in an NDTV report.
Stanikzai is also optimistic that the conditions in Bengaluru could suit his team. "Indian conditions are good for spin and we are lucky to have good spinners. Our batsmen are in good form. In the last three or four years our team combination is good. We will try and play good and positive cricket. Winning and losing does not matter,” he went on to add.
Stanikzai admitted that the constant radical attacks in the country affect them as well. "It is very difficult. We get very sad when we hear about attacks in our country," Stanikzai told AFP, according to the NDTV report.
--By A Cricket Correspondent