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Matter of great pride to host Afghan team: PM

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today said it's a matter of great pride that has chosen to play its maiden Test match against India, which stands shoulder-to-shoulder in its cricketing journey.

The team, who have been impressive in the shorter formats, will make their Test debut at the in Bengaluru tomorrow.

Minister and Afghanistan's will be at the venue to watch the match.

"It is a matter of great pride and immense pleasure that has chosen to play its maiden test match with India," said in a letter to the Afghan team.

Hailing the feat achieved by Afghanistan, said it had come in "challenging and difficult" circumstances.

This, he said, reflects the indomitable Afghan spirit to overcome all challenges and realise aspirations for a prosperous, stable, united and a peaceful nation.

"Today, is a unifying force for the people of Afghanistan. takes pride in being shoulder-to-shoulder with Afghanistan in this journey. It is an honour for to host the Afghan national team at home ground in Greater Noida and Dehradun," Modi said.

has also been associated with the development of in Afghanistan since 2001 when the latter joined the

It had also helped the country construct cricket stadiums.

Several Afghan cricket players received training and coaching from Indian coaches in their formative years.

Players like and have won hearts of millions of people in India through their performance in the IPL.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 22:30 IST