Afghanistan cricket coach Lalchand Rajput describes getting Test status 'great moment' for country

PTI, Jun, 22 2017

Afghanistan head coach Lalchand Rajput expressed happiness over the country getting a full Test status on Thursday.

Cricket - England v Afghanistan - World Twenty20 cricket tournament - New Delhi, India, 23/03/2016. Afghanistan's players celebrate the dismissal of England's Jos Buttler. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi - RTSBUD2

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"It is a great moment for all of us and that country," an elated Rajput told PTI.

"It is a great thing for the people of that country," said Rajput, who has been associated with the Afghanistan team for the past one year.

"We will live up to the expectations of the International Cricket Council," the 55-year-old former opener said.

The war-torn Afghanistan today were confirmed as 'Full Member' of ICC, thereby granting them Test status alongside Ireland.

Afghanistan cricket has made rapid strides with the country's premier leg-spinner Rashid Khan making waves in T20 leagues including IPL. Recently, they beat West Indies in an ODI, drawing an away series 1-1.

Published Date: Jun 22, 2017 | Updated Date: Jun 22, 2017



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3 England 4097 105
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