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It's a privilege to play Afghanistan in their first Test: Rahane

Press Trust of India  |  Dubai 

today termed it is a "privilege" to be a part of a historic first Test match against

It's a privilege to be playing in Afghanistan's first Test match. It's a historic moment for them and an opportunity for us to be part of the occasion," Rahane was quoted as saying in an ICC release.

They have a fine team and some talented players, who have proved themselves in shorter formats. I am sure they are looking forward to do the same in Test On behalf of the Indian team, I wish them all the best.

World's top-ranked team, are without regular and second-ranked Virat Kohli for this Test but the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara (sixth), Rahane (18th) and opener Lokesh Rahul (19th) in batting and former top-ranked spinners Ravindra Jadeja (fourth) and Ravichandran Ashwin (fifth) among bowlers will be looking to improve their positions on the Rankings.

Afghanistan, who have fast established themselves as a force to reckon with in the shorter formats, will become the 12th side to figure in men's Test after debuted against last month. Both and were granted Full Member and Test status last June.

said: It's a great moment for us as we embark on our Test journey. To be playing our first Test against is a great honour and we hope to give a good account of ourselves.

To be competing against the best on the Test rankings table is something to be proud of and we will try to do our best in whatever chances we get and exhibit the skills the players possess individually as well as collectively as a team.

The one-off Test against India will be Afghanistan's first step towards being ranked on the ICC Test Team Rankings and a chance for their gifted players to enter the individual rankings after making a mark in limited overs

India stand to lose three points if they lose this match but their number-one position is under no threat, thanks to a 13-point lead over

Afghanistan's spinners will be in focus as (top-ranked in T20Is, second in ODIs) and (eighth in T20Is, 16th in ODIs) look to make a mark in Test cricket.

Among batsmen, is their in ODIs at 32nd position.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 19:30 IST