NEW DELHI – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday he hoped a historic cricket match between India and Afghanistan would strengthen ties between the South Asian neighbors and allies in the fight against militancy in the region.
Afghanistan started its maiden five-day test match in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru on Thursday, with the match attended by top government officials from both sides.
“I congratulate the people of Afghanistan as their cricket team plays their first international test match. Glad that they have chosen to play the historic match with India. Best wishes to both teams!” Modi said on Twitter. “May sports continue to bring our people closer and strengthen ties.”