Now a couple of days before the inaugural Test in Bengaluru, it doesn't look like that will be the case.
"This is yet another poignant example of the everlasting friendship between India and Afghanistan", Ghani said in a statement.
Having played worldwide games in Noida and Dehradun, along with countless IPL matches, should make the conditions they will face in Bangalore familiar to the Afghanistan players. Their three spinners could be Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman, who are certainties and Nabi could play the third spinner.
Stanikzai has insisted that his team's spin department led by teen sensation Rashid Khan is better than India's.
Rahane typically played to the gallery, to begin with, waxing lyrical on Afghanistan's rise and their historic moment, but when it came to how India were going to go about the five-day affair, he held a plastic smile but his eyes zeroed when describing how he and his side plan on dismantling the opponents in their first ever Test.
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They gained one-day worldwide status in 2009 and have qualified for their second 50-over World Cup to be held in England and Wales next year.
India has offered Afghanistan the use of two of its stadiums to host matches with other countries. Not many people knew Afghanistan played cricket. In two years, they have had household names [like Rashid]. He joined Afganistan in the under-19 team and then I had to struggle to convince Asghar Stanikzai to put him in the national squad while we were touring Zimbabwe in 2015.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said it's a matter of great pride that Afghanistan has chosen to play its maiden Test match against India, which stands shoulder-to-shoulder in its cricketing journey.
Nabi was also a part of T20 leagues across the globe like the Big Bash League, Bangladesh Premier League and Pakistan Super League among others.
"Maybe the first one hour it will be a good wicket for bowling". We are prepared. Our batsmen have faced different bowlers - spinners and pacers both - and that is the best preparation.
"They attacked us in the morning, especially the spinners, and were successful in scoring quickly", Ahmadzai said. Standing in the slips, Mohammad Shahzad was the only player urging his captain to take the review, but Stanikzai, drowned out by too many opinions, didn't pay heed.
Pace duo Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav sent the Afghan top order packing before off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin claimed 4-27 as the visitors lost all their 10 wickets in a single session.