As India will host Afghanistan for their inaugural test match, it will mark the beginning of the new chapter in Afghanistan cricket. Not just in terms of cricket, with the hosting of the test match, India and Afghanistan will strengthen their diplomatic bonds further.
The honourable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi is the latest who has come forward and appreciated the fact India is the hosting Afghanistan for their first test match. Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent the letter to the team of Afghanistan, wishing them good luck. He has also hailed the spirit of the people of Afghanistan, who in recent years have faced many challenges.
It is a matter of great pride, writes Prime Minister Modi
In the letter sent by Prime Minister Modi to Afghanistan team, he writes that India is honoured to host them in their first test match. “It is a matter of great pride and immense pleasure that Afghanistan has chosen to play its maiden Test match with India. Today, cricket is a unifying force for the people of Afghanistan. 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 ground in Greater Noida and Dehradun”, writes the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi.
PM Modi further hails the spirits of people of Afghanistan who in recent years have overcome many challenges. Hailing the feat of test cricket achieved by Afghanistan, Modi said it had come in “challenging and difficult” circumstances. PM Modi further adds that this reflects the indomitable Afghan spirit to overcome all challenges and realise aspirations for a prosperous, stable, united and a peaceful nation.
To make the historic event more memorable, India’s Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah will be at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium of Bengaluru, venue of the test match, to watch the match.
Since the joining of ICC by Afghanistan in 2001, India has been very supportive to its neighbouring country. India has played a vital part in developing cricket in Afghanistan and helped it reach the people of Afghanistan. With the help of IPL, Afghanistan players got the chance to enhance themselves further. Players like Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman have got huge support in India.