The biting cold and chilly breeze failed to deter the Afghanistan cricketers from opting for a lengthy net session at the PCA ground on Tuesday.

No doubt, the Afghans are well-equipped to deal with these conditions back home but the discomfort was written large on the faces of many players.

With single-digit temperatures prevailing for the better part of 24 hours and the icy winds making matters worse in the city, their plight was understandable.

Once the action moved from stretching and catching at the ground to bowling and batting in an enclosed ‘net’ area, the players appeared at ease. 

Mercifully, given the itinerary of the series, the caravan will travel to Indore and Bangalore, cities where the winter is far less severe. 

Unlike India, Afghanistan has warmed up for this series by expectedly scoring a 2-1 series win over the United Arab Emirates. 

With the T20 World Cup in June being the focus, Afghanistan is here to make the most of this opportunity and pull off a surprise. 

Following its impressive showing in the recent World Cup  the stunning wins over England and Pakistan being the high points  Afghanistan has reasons to believe that it has the ammunition to do even better in the shortest format of the game.

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