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Rashid Khan (AFP Photo)

Legspinner Rashid Khan has advocated more Test cricket for Afghanistan which he reckons will result in their players develop the required skillset needed to excel in the the game’s longest format.

Afghanistan have surprised everyone with the giant strides they’ve have made in limited-overs cricket. More recently, they beat the likes of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at the Asia Cup in the UAE.

However, so far, they have played just one Test in which they received a thrashing at the no. 1 ranked India in Bengaluru earlier this year. India were 474 all out in their first innings and then bowled out Afghanistan for 109 and 103 to win inside two days. They lost by an innings and 262 runs.

“When we played our first Test against India, in the first session, we didn’t know what we were doing. It was a special occasion and maybe we were a bit overawed. But as each session went, we were getting better,” Rashid was quoted as saying by Khaleej Times on Tuesday.

Rashid pointed out that while Afghanistan are playing ample opportunities in limited overs, the same is not true for Tests. “The more we play, our skills will improve. We haven’t played many Test matches and the more we play, there will be changes and improvement.

He further added, “You would get to know how to bowl on certain pitches. So, we get to learn when we play more. The youngsters can also benefit from the overseas players and coaches. It will help us as we will be playing a lot of Tests in the future.”