Afghanistan lining up A tours of India

Hot on the heels of the announcement of their scheduled maiden Test against India next year, Afghanistan are keen to schedule A tours against the cricketing powerhouse.

The Afghans are well aware of the need to have depth to their cricket and have been proactive in recent years scheduling numerous competitve fixtures for the players below senior level to keep the production line of talent flowing.

They have played Zimbabwe A, and earlier this year participated in a triangular competition against India and South Africa.

Shafiq Stanikzai, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the ACB told the Times of India: "During our next set of meetings with the BCCI, we have planned to discuss with them the possibility of hosting our 'A' team in India in the longer format.

"It would provide our boys an ideal platform. It's not just about playing against India 'A'. India have other top quality state sides as well. We may even look at the option of playing against state teams. We are trying to figure out a perfect schedule."

Former senior coach Andy Moles, who in a long career has also coached Kenya, Hong Kong, Scotland and New Zealand, has been put in charge of the U19 side which will play in the World Cup in New Zealand next month.

The 56 year-old former Warwickshire man has been handed the responsibility of moulding future international and Test cricketers and has made a strong start, winning the recent Asian U19 tournament at which spinning sensation Mujeeb Zadaran emerged, forming a deadly combination with 19 year-old Rashid Khan.