Afghanistan have realised their ultimate cricketing dream, being granted Test status. Afghanistan and Ireland, were recently given Test status. But what after that?
This is just the first step for Afghanistan. They have a long way to go before they will be taken seriously in the longest format by the top cricketing teams.
Bangladesh, for example, have had to endure a painful journey after receiving Test status. They were undoubtedly given a Test status too early as they struggled to beat top teams in the five-day format. Only last year, they managed to beat England in a Test match.
Afghanistan know that receiving a Test status is just the first step towards a long journey of being counted among the best in the cricketing world.
Afghanistan skipper Asghar Stanikzai has realised this hard truth and urged his team to plan for a bigger and better future ahead.
Here is the Facebook conversations between Stanikzai and his men. Have a read.
(P.S: It’s a fake Facebook wall done in humour)