“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.”
“I congratulate the Board for Control of Cricket in India and the Afghanistan Cricket Board for organizing this historic test match,”Modi said, adding that “I convey my best wishes to both teams. I am sure that the game will score a win for the renowned Afghan fortitude, and for the historic friendship between India and Afghanistan.”
The historic test match between Afghanistan and India will kick off from tomorrow in Dehradun city of India.