There are talented batsmen and bowlers, so our future is safe,'' Afsar told Cricbuzz.
Afghanistan's wicket keeper batsman Afsar Zazai sounded confident that the Asian side has the potential and resources to make an impact in the Test arena. The Rashid Khan-led Afghanistan side is on the verge of clinching a memorable Test win versus Bangladesh, with the home side tottering at 138 for 6, in pursuit of 398 at stumps on Day 4.
Rahmat Shah composed a fine ton in the first dig while Ibrahim Zadran accumulated a crucial 87 on his Test debut in the second innings. On the bowling front, Rashid, Zahir Khan and Mohammad Nabi have bowled with penetration.
''Of course, we are optimistic as a Test nation. We have great talent at home. We play first class-cricket at the domestic level. There are talented batsmen and bowlers, so our future is safe,'' Afsar told Cricbuzz.
Afghanistan also have looked to pick different players for different formats of the game. ''I think it's good to have different players for different formats. Especially for Tests, you should have more players. Because we are new to this format, we need to work harder on our skills,'' he said.
Afghanistan have been training at their base Dehradun since 2018. The 'keeper-batsman observed that training at Dehradun would help them to acclimatise to the subcontinental conditions.
"Training in India is naturally helping us. In Asian conditions, we are a dangerous team. We have quality spinners while we are developing as a batting unit and as a result, we believe we are dangerous these days,'' said Afsar.
Nawroz Mangal, the former Afghanistan skipper, is playing a crucial role in the development of their batting unit by sharing his experience and wisdom. ''I think the difference is we batted really well. We worked hard during our preparations. Our coaching staff, especially our batting coach, Nawroz Mangal, the former captain, does a great job with us and he gives a lot of confidence,'' said Afsar in the post match presser.
Afsar also noted that winning the one-off Test versus Bangladesh will give a huge boost to Afghanistan. It would also indicate that they have the potential to do well not just in limited overs, but also in the longest format of the game.
''It means a lot to be honest. In the previous Test we played against Ireland, we showed that we can play Test cricket as well. I think it means more than T20I and ODI cricket for us. We have discussed in our dressing room that this Test match is very important for us to win because we want to show we can play Test cricket,'' he said.