Rashid Khan: Afghanistan need ‘more than three to four Tests a year’ to become a stronger team


Ace spinner hopes the Covid-19 situation improves fast, and Afghanistan get a packed all-format calendar in place

Afghanistan have reached a stage where they are taken seriously by top-drawer oppositions in ODI and T20I because they have played those formats a lot, and therefore learnt and improved, Rashid Khan feels, adding that similar exposure in days’ cricket can make the side more competitive in Tests. Afghanistan played their first Test in June 2018, but have played just three Tests after that one, the last in November 2019 – “more than three-to-four Tests a year,” is what Khan wants.

“Everyone talks about Test cricket in Afghanistan now. If we play the longer formats, like Tests and ODIs, that is what makes you a better cricketer,” Khan told ESPNcricinfo recently, while with Lahore Qalandars in the PSL. “In a shorter format, you don’t have much time to reflect on your game, or try to improve, and you don’t really understand where and how everything works. In T20s, you hardly get to know yourself.

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