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WT20: Afghanistan fans confident of team's Test future

Minnows Afghanistan cricketers experienced a very tough afternoon against the mighty South Africans at Wankhede Stadium yesterday. However, their fans enjoyed every moment of the match.

Afghanistan fans outside the Wankhede Stadium prior to their team's clash against South Africa yesterday. Pic/Subodh Mayure
Afghanistan fans outside the Wankhede Stadium prior to their team's clash against South Africa yesterday. Pic/Subodh Mayure

Dilawar Khan, Shafi Khan and Dilbar Khan — all building contractors by profession — who stay in Paktia, around 160 km from Kabul, are here to back their team.

"We don't have good cricket grounds like other countries so our players need to practise in India and Dubai. We don't mind losing to a Test-playing nation, but we expect a good fight from our players. I am sure within three years this Afghanistan team will play Test cricket," 26-year-old Dilbar told mid-day.

"I have a lot of expectations from our team especially from Mohammad Shahzad, Gulbadin Naib and Rashid Khan. We played very well against Sri Lanka though we lost," said Dilawar, who will be heading to Delhi to witness the Afghanistan vs England game on Thursday.

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