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Sports News
Afghanistan not nervous about Test clash with India, says skipper Asghar Stanikzai
 
(BENGALURU, June 13, 2018):Afghanistan will realise a long-cherished dream when they debut as a test nation on Thursday but captain Asghar Stanikzai ruled out being nervous ahead of the match against their top-ranked hosts India.

Awarded full member status alongside Ireland in June last year, Afghanistan will become the 12th test playing a nation in less than two decades after being recognised by International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2001.

Stanikzai admitted his inexperienced unit faced a daunting task in the long format but said they were determined to put their best foot forward.

"We are not feeling nervous," he told a news conference on Wednesday. "We feel we are well prepared. Every player is thinking about how they can play their best match.

"Yeah, it is a new format for the team but we have played in four-day matches. We have succeeded in our plans and we will look play this test the same way."

India skipper Ajinkya Rahane said it was an "honour" to face Afghanistan in their maiden test but warned his team against any complacency.

The 30-year-old batsman said his teammates would need to adapt to test cricket after playing in the Indian Premier League Twenty20 competition over the last two months.

"Getting back to Test cricket from (Twenty20) is all about tuning your mind rather than focusing on your skills," Rahane said.

"What is important is that every test match counts and we can`t take them lightly. It`s like any other test match for us. We just want to go out there and be ruthless."

India is without regular captain Virat Kohli, who initially opted to play for the English county championship side Surrey in June but that did not materialise as he hurt his neck while fielding during the IPL.

First-choice wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha and paceman Mohammed Shami are also out of action with injuries.


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World Tour Finals: Tough road ahead for Sindhu; Sameer too eyes knockout berth
Shakhtar prepare for home match 700 kilometres from home
AC Milan let Inter off the hook with Torino stalemate
1st Test: India in cruise control as Australia reduced to 104/4 chasing 323
Over 16000 runners take part in Pune Half Marathon
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Why aren't Dhoni, Dhawan playing domestic cricket? Asks Gavaskar
Barcelona down Villarreal 2-0
Arjen Robben says he will leave Bayern Munich at season’s end
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Bangladesh beat West Indies to complete historic Test series whitewash
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KERALA NEWS
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 (Kochi, Nov 28, 2018): Model and activist Rehana Fathima, who tried to reach Kerala's Sabarim  
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BJP leader K Surendran, 71 others granted bail
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Khashoggi, other journalists named Time 'Person of the Year'
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May tours Europe in desperate bid to save Brexit deal
Trump's potential next chief of staff pick leaving White House
UK PM faces fight for her political life in Brexit deal
NATIONAL NEWS
Three policemen killed in Shopian by terrorists; weapons snatched
 Three policemen were killed Tuesday when Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists attacked a guard
13 of 19 Rajasthan ministers lose elections; CM Vasundhara Raje retains her seat
Clear message to Modi that People are unhappy and it is time for change: Rahul on poll results
BJP mocks Oppn meet, asks them to reveal PM candidate's name
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