Are Afghanistan ready for Test cricket?

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Are Afghanistan ready for Test cricket?

Postby The Professor » Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:43 pm

I have been incredibly entertained by the ODI series against Ireland but is a 3-2 ODI showing against another Associate team a sign of potential Test status?

They have a very good T20 side and a better infrastructure than ever before....but is now the time?
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Re: Are Afghanistan ready for Test cricket?

Postby dan08 » Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:36 pm

Yes.
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Re: Are Afghanistan ready for Test cricket?

Postby alfie » Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:43 am

I've said yes. Though I actually think no is probably more accurate.

Thing is though , new teams never are "ready" for Test Cricket - just look at the early (and not so early) struggles of the more recently admitted teams.
If we want to see any expansion of the Test Match category , the next candidates really have to be thrown in and allowed to find their way...whether now , or in five years time.
Guess if they want to redesign the future tours schedule and set up a Test Championship (and I'm not by any means convinced that is practical or desirable , myself - but I'm a dinosaur :) ) , then it is a good time for additions...
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Re: Are Afghanistan ready for Test cricket?

Postby Alviro Patterson » Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:25 pm

In terms of infastructure, yes.
In terms of playing standards, not yet.

But it's time for international cricket to expand and nations who desire test status should be encouraged at every opportunity to achieve it.
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Re: Are Afghanistan ready for Test cricket?

Postby rich1uk » Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:09 pm

would teams be willing to travel to afghanistan for high profile series given pakistan is still not hosting home international games ?
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Re: Are Afghanistan ready for Test cricket?

Postby Dr Cricket » Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:55 pm

rich1uk wrote:would teams be willing to travel to afghanistan for high profile series given pakistan is still not hosting home international games ?

They be playing in india if they were a test team.
Afghanistan got a stadium in Delhi.
BCCI/Government have given them a base in Greather Noida.
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Re: Are Afghanistan ready for Test cricket?

Postby The Professor » Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:23 pm

Both the main team and the Emerging team comfortably beat their opponents today. Big things to come?
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Re: Are Afghanistan ready for Test cricket?

Postby The Professor » Sat Jun 03, 2017 9:28 pm

Know it's a different medium but last night showed a HUGE gulf.
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Re: Are Afghanistan ready for Test cricket?

Postby dan08 » Sat Jun 03, 2017 9:29 pm

The Professor wrote:Know it's a different medium but last night showed a HUGE gulf.

They were missing their two best batsmen to be fair...
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Re: Are Afghanistan ready for Test cricket?

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Sun Jun 04, 2017 12:00 am

How many bilateral series have Afghanistan played against top 9 sides? They've never played an international in WI before. The curve is very steep.
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Re: Are Afghanistan ready for Test cricket?

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Sun Jun 04, 2017 12:03 am

It looks like they've played one bilateral series ever in any format, v a top 9 side, v BD.
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Re: Are Afghanistan ready for Test cricket?

Postby Adi » Sun Jun 04, 2017 9:06 am

Not yet ready.

But no teams who have never played test cricket will ever be. They have to start somewhere, and i guess they can't until they are given test status. I think Ireland deserve test status ahead of Afghanistan.
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Re: Are Afghanistan ready for Test cricket?

Postby dan08 » Sun Jun 04, 2017 9:30 am

Adi wrote:Not yet ready.

But no teams who have never played test cricket will ever be. They have to start somewhere, and i guess they can't until they are given test status. I think Ireland deserve test status ahead of Afghanistan.

Ireland are terrible.
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Re: Are Afghanistan ready for Test cricket?

Postby Adi » Sun Jun 04, 2017 9:33 am

dan08 wrote:
Adi wrote:Not yet ready.

But no teams who have never played test cricket will ever be. They have to start somewhere, and i guess they can't until they are given test status. I think Ireland deserve test status ahead of Afghanistan.

Ireland are terrible.



FIne, however imo Ireland have better test match players than Afghanistan.
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Re: Are Afghanistan ready for Test cricket?

Postby The Professor » Sun Jun 04, 2017 10:36 am

dan08 wrote:
The Professor wrote:Know it's a different medium but last night showed a HUGE gulf.

They were missing their two best batsmen to be fair...


That's true, Dan...and the excuses/reasons don't stop there.

Due to the Heat I really struggled to sleep last night so ended up listening to the West Indian commentary of this and even they flagged up some of the mitigating factors behind Afghanistan's performances.

One reason, as you have said, is the loss of the batsmen, especially Shahzad. You take out a batsman with a T20 average of 30+ out of an Associate team unexpectedly it will send them reeling.

Also the manner of arrival hasn't helped them at all. They have arrived under, what one commentator called "maximum jet lag." A majority of the team arrived together and did so where they left Pakistan at dusk and arrived in the West Indies still in the early hours of the same evening evening. This has meant that their body clock has been totally modded. This, however, can only be an excuse for so long - it would suggest by the One Day games, parity might ensue.

The pitch has been a huge factor in this too. For all of the criticism we give the West Indies, even their weakened side in this squad still have big batting skills. This is a hugely batting wicket. As I said above, Afghanistan have had the heart of their batting attack removed from them so it is already a huge advantage to the home team.
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