Rashid Khan says Afghanistan need to play more against the world’s best teams

Afghanistan and Sunrisers Hyderabad bowler Rashid Khan
Afghanistan were awarded Test status in 2017 and have played four matches, registering wins over Ireland and Bangladesh in 2019

Afghanistan will only develop as a Test-playing nation if they are given more opportunities, says Rashid Khan.

Afghanistan are not involved in the World Test Championship, despite being awarded five-day status by the International Cricket Council in 2017.

A one-off Test against Australia in Perth this winter has been postponed because of Covid-19.external-link

“To become a big player you have to play against the best,” Rashid told the TMS does the IPL podcast.

“When I came to the IPL at 17, I saw the players, their workouts and fitness, the net sessions and I realised how much work I needed to do to be much better and more consistent.

“We have played against Australia twice in five years – in the two World Cups – and it’s the same with England and New Zealand.

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