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Awarded full member status by the International Cricket Council (ICC) alongside Ireland in June previous year, Afghanistan became the 12th test-playing nation after first being recognised by the ICC in 2001. The team has gelled well together after playing so many matches over the years and share a special camaraderie.

"It is itself history that we are playing the inaugural and historic Test match against the number one team in the world", Stanikzai said. The people of India have shared the joys of millions of Afghans and the success of the players in tournament in India and elsewhere. He understands the game but at the same time can make things amusing so that anyone doesn't take it seriously. India and now Afghanistan are now two major Asian forces in cricket.

Speaking about the upcoming series he said: "As a Test team we can not take anyone for granted because cricket is a amusing game".

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"It is an honour for Indian to host the Afghanistan National team at home grounds in Greater Noida and Dehradun".

Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons said that putting the spotlight on Khan's talents is helping the other players focus on improving.

Afghanistan: Ashgar Stanikzai (Captain), Mohammed Shahzad (wicket-keeper), Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Ihsanullah Janat, Nasir Jamal, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afsar Zazai, Mohammed Nabi, Rashid Khan, Zahir Khan, Amir Hamza Hotak, Sayed Ahmad Shirzad, Yamin Ahmadzai Wafadar, Mujeeb ur Rahman.

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India enjoys close relations with Afghanistan and both accuse common neighbour Pakistan of not doing enough to stop Islamist militants operating on their territory.

Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chief Atif Mashal also read out a statement from Afghanistan's president Ashraf Ghani.

"This match is a result of enormous goodwill and solidarity between the two countries", one senior diplomat said.

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Last month, eight people were killed and dozens were wounded by multiple explosions at a cricket match in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, illustrating the difficulties the country has faced in developing sports.