In order to nurture the friendly relation with Afghanistan, Indian Cricket Board forwarded their hand to be part of their inaugural Test by hosting and playing against them. Few days before the historic Test match began, BCCI signed a deal with Afghanistan Cricket Board, which stated that every international touring side to India will have to play a mandatory practise match against the Blue Tigers.
However, after Afghanistan failed to put up a fight in their first ever Test as they were dismissed twice inside a day and the match ended inside two days, former Indian captain has got a solution for them to become a better side in the longest format. Going by their overall performance in their first Test, they put up a decent show with the ball but failed miserably with bat as none of their players could even touch 40-run mark.
Looking at that, in an interview Mid-Day, Kapil Dev suggested BCCI to allow Afghanistan players to take part in Duleep Trophy in order to become a better Test side. “Let them participate in the Duleep Trophy as it will prepare them for Test cricket. Playing against quality domestic teams will help them develop confidence. The BCCI has been very encouraging towards Afghanistan by letting them use our facilities and grounds. I feel this will be an important step towards developing their confidence for the longer format,” he said.
“Afghanistan have played exceptionally well in limited overs cricket. This was a new experience and they shouldn’t get demoralised with the result. They are quick learners and I am sure with a little support and encouragement, they will live up to Test standards,” Kapil added.