Afghanistan hopes the victory in 2019 will serve as motivation.
Afghanistan captain, stated on Monday that his team is drawing motivation from their enormous Test victory against Bangladesh as they get ready to play the hosts in the only Test, which will begin on June 14 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Shahidi believes Afghanistan has a strong domestic structure in place to ensure they perform whenever there is an opportunity for them to play Test cricket. Afghanistan, who have played six Test matches since being granted Test status in 2018, defeated Bangladesh by 224 runs in 2019.
“It inspires us because we played only one Test here and we won that so that gives us a lot of confidence and we will try to start it from there for the next game and our aim will be to be positive and take confidence from the last game,” Shahidi told reporters on Monday. “Expectation is high we are here to play good cricket and want to win the game.
The wrist spinners Izharulhaq Naweed (leg spinner) and Jahir Khan are in their attack to challenge the opponents, who are typically weak against wrist spinners as they don’t have many in their own backyard to help their batsmen develop against it. Shahidi acknowledged that they will miss Rashid Khan’s services but added that they have him in their attack to challenge the opponents.
In the last Test between the two nations in Chattogram in 2019, Rashid, who was sidelined due to back problems, was the master of destruction, taking up 11 wickets to help them secure the historic victory over the hosts.
It will be difficult since Rashid is one of our team’s key bowlers, as we all know. He performed admirably in previous Test matches. However, we also have alternative wrist spin choices that will work well, according to Shahidi.