New Delhi, June 14, News24 Bureau: Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah witnessed the historic moment when Afghanistan embarked on a new journey and made its debut in test cricket at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday congratulated the people of Afghanistan as their national cricket team faces India in their historic first ever Test match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
The Prime Minister tweeted, "I congratulate the people of Afghanistan as their cricket team plays their first international Test match. Glad that they have chosen to play the historic match with India. Best wishes to both teams! May sports continue to bring our people closer and strengthen ties."
It was a historic moment for Afghanistan as Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore along with Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan’s chief executive officer watched India vs Afghanistan cricket test match at Bengaluru's Chinnaswamy Stadium. India is committed to buiding a new Afghanistan and the government has reiterortaed this resolution on several occasions. Rathore says,"India is committed towards building and strengthening Afghanistan & its sports."
Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan CEO said,"It's a historical event for us. Afghan players have come long way in a short period of time. This is their 1st test match with the first test cricket team(India). Our team has shown talent and we are hopeful for their future."
It is Afghanistan's first test match after gaining the status of test playing nation last year.
Officials said cricket has become a "unifying factor" in cementing ties between the two countries.
India has been actively engaged in reconstruction activities in the war-ravaged country and has already spent around USD 2 billion in various projects and capacity building initiatives.
Earlier this year, India had decided to undertake another batch of 108 community development projects in the war-torn country.
India has also been associated with the development of cricket in Afghanistan since 2001 when Afghanistan joined the International Cricket Council.
It had helped the country in the construction of cricket stadiums including in Kandahar.
Several Afghan cricket players received training and coaching from Indian coach in their formative years.
Players like Rashed Khan and Mohammed Nabi have won hearts of millions of people in India through their performance in IPL.