Afghanistan announced their arrival in the Test format in style, as they defeated Bangladesh in the one-off match at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Monday.
The win probably means a lot more to the retiring Mohammad Nabi after he was given a guard of honour by his team mates after the game, as the old warrior of Afghan cricket waited for a long time to see this day.
“It’s a historic win because in this format, we are new. We have played only three games against India, Ireland and Bangladesh and we won two games. It means we are good in this format and it means that our domestic structure is strong. The youngsters, the way they are playing, the way they are adjusting to the conditions, it’s really a brilliant team. Maybe it’s a bright future as well for the youngsters to play in this format,” Nabi told reporters at the post-match press conference where he was sent instead of the winning captain.
“We had a 10-day preparation camp in Abu Dhabi. The experience for the first five days was terrible as the temperature was 46-47 (degrees Celsius). And when we came here, there was humidity but it was not that hot. We adjusted very quickly in these conditions. The preparation for the Test match was really good. That’s why the boys have performed both in batting and bowling departments.
“We put up good totals in both the innings. I will talk especially about the young guy Ibrahim. Recently he played here in with A team against Bangladesh A and he performed really well. It proved that he has the ability, he has talent to play in Test cricket,” he added.
Two sessions had to be called off on the final day due to rain and there was always an uncertainty for more over the course of the day’s play that witnessed a thrilling brand of spin bowling as the hosts looked hapless in front of them and could only survive 18.3 overs.