Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said it's a matter of great pride that Afghanistan has chosen to play its maiden Test match against India, which stands shoulder-to-shoulder in its cricketing journey.
Hailing the feat achieved by Afghanistan, Modi 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, cricket is a unifying force for the people of Afghanistan. India takes pride in being shoulder-to-shoulder with Afghanistan in this journey. It is an honour for India to host the Afghan national team at home ground in Greater Noida and Dehradun," Modi said.
It had also helped the country construct cricket stadiums.
Several Afghan cricket players received training and coaching from Indian coaches in their formative years.
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