Shami fails fitness test, Saini called in as replacement for Afghanistan Test

Afghanistan players clap as they walk off the field

Nair, who has made a comeback into the India team, said that he has worked hard on his fitness over the last one-and-a-half years and feels that he is an improved version of himself.

A week ahead of his team's inaugural Test match in Bengaluru, Asghar Stanikzai raised the volume of pre-match exchanges with the claim that Afghanistan's spinners are better than India's.

Along with these, they have also named Zahir Khan and left-arm spinner Hamza Hotak - who incidentally emerged as the leading wicket-taker in the recently concluded first-class competition. Maybe, I will get to play Afghanistan's first-ever test. "To be competing against the best on the test rankings table is something to be proud of and we will try to do our best in whatever chances we get and exhibit the skills the players possess individually as well as collectively as a team". "If I can play such a knock again it's obviously good, but I am only looking to perform and win games for the team".

When did you first think Afghanistan could actually play Test matches? "I would like to do well in this Test and go on from there", said Nair, who has experienced highs and lows in his brief global career so far.

"I wouldn´t hesitate in saying he is the best spinner in the world in this format". "No doubt, he is a good bowler, but we just need to wait and watch what happens in the Tests".

"The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Navdeep Saini as Mohammed Shami's replacement in the Indian Test team for the upcoming Paytm Test against Afghanistan".


"For me, there is still a long way to go".

"My shoulder has been an issue ongoing for the last couple of years and it is just managing it and looking after it best way I can", he told BBC Radio's Test Match Special during England's shock six-run one-day worldwide by Scotland in Edinburgh on Sunday.

I'm not thinking so far ahead. First and foremost is this Test match.

The 26-year-old mentioned that he is not bogged down by the pressure of scoring a triple-hundred early on in his career, and stressed that it's a great milestone to have. "I'm really excited to be given another opportunity, it has been a while now". Despite all the odds, the Afghans will look to put up a spirited performance against the top-ranked Test team. The key for me is fitness and over the last few months, I have brought a lot of changes into my fitness regimen. I'm sure they are looking forward to do the same in Test cricket.

"I don't know about better than India".

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