Afghanistan’s National Cricket Team’s captain Rashid Khan is confident that his side will be able to mentally transition into the longer format ahead of their one-off Test against Bangladesh.
"We have that mental preparation and we have worked on how to play four-day cricket, five-day cricket,” Rashid told reporters ahead of the matches against Bangladesh “We have worked on that, we have had a good practice camp before coming here. We will try our best to be positive and do well in the game.
"It is different, and you have to have a different kind of mentality for that. You have more time, and certainly, there is more pressure in Test cricket. As a player, you need to switch on and switch off, and we are ready for that,” Rashid said.
Against India, in their long-format debut, Afghanistan lost by an innings and 262 runs in June 2018. But they convincingly beat Ireland by seven wickets in March this year.
"I am pretty excited about the new role and the team. I will try my best to be positive and enjoy the game,” Rashid said.
In the meantime, Bangladesh has left out Mustafizur Rahman from the 15-man squad that will take on Afghanistan, ESPN reported.
Apart from Mustafizur, Tamim Iqbal and Khaled Ahmed were also missing from the squad; Tamim was granted leave by the BCB earlier this month for recovery while Khaled recently underwent knee surgery, it said.
The Afghan players have already started preparation for the match with launching training sessions.
Afghanistan will play a two-day practice game against a Board President’s XI in Chittagong ahead of the one-off Test, which begins on 5 September.
They will then feature in an ODI tri-series, involving Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.