“Windies ready for Afghan challenge”

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LUCKNOW – West Indies have prepared for a “difficult” challenge from relative newcomers Afghanistan in the one-off inaugural cricket Test between the two teams, which is due to bowl off tonight (midnight - Eastern Caribbean time) in India.

Head coach Phil Simmons told reporters yesterday that while Afghanistan possessed limited experience in the longest format, playing in subcontinent conditions made them a dangerous side and it was important West Indies were on top of their game.

“As an opponent, they are going to be difficult,” said Simmons, ahead of his first Test with the Caribbean side in his second stint in charge in four years.

“They are going to be very difficult because they are on their home ground. The wicket’s going to turn [and] everything like that. but in saying that, everywhere you go the opponents are going to be difficult in their home atmosphere. (CMC)

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