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PM salutes indomitable spirit of Afghanistan on Test debut

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

today said it is a matter of pride and honour for to host Afghanistan's maiden Test match and paid tribute to the war-ravaged country's indomitable spirit.

"Its a matter of great pride and immense pleasure that has chosen to play its maiden Test match with The young and talented has made a great stride in a very short period of time after it become an affiliate member of the Council in 2001," said in a message read out by minister here.

"It achieved the Test playing status last year. During that journey it has consistently performed against other ICC members and Test playing nations recording milestone victories over them in various formats of the game.

"These achievements have come about in challenging and difficult circumstances. This demonstrates the indomitable Afghan spirit to overcome all challenges and realise aspirations for a purposeful, stable, united and peaceful nation."

congratulated both the boards and also wished luck to and for the historic Test.

"Today is unifying force for the people of Afghanistan, India takes pride in being shoulder-to-shoulder with in this journey," the message read.

"It is an honour for Indian to host the Afghanistan National team at home grounds in Greater Noida and Dehradun. The people of India have shared the joys of millions of Afghans and the success of the players in tournament in India and elsewhere.

"I congratulate the Board of in India and the for organising this historic Test match . I convey my best wishes to both the teams, I'm sure the game will score a win for the renown Afghan fortitude and for the historic friendship between Indian and Afghanistan."

(ACB) also read out a statement from Afghanistan's

"As of Afghanistan, I welcome their maiden Test match against India. I am proud of the men who championed cricket in Afghanistan in the dawn of the century and believed in themselves that one day Afghanistan will play against the best in the world," the message read.

"Today is that historic day. On behalf of all Afghans I pay tribute to their contribution to the game of cricket and honour them for their contribution to the game. India and now Afghanistan are now two major Asian forces in cricket.

"We thank India and BCCI for their role in the development in Afghanistan cricket, and for organizing this match, and also request other Test-playing nations to organize Test series against Afghanistan.

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 10:20 IST