Despite crashing out of the World T20, Afghanistan showed two essential requirements to succeed in international cricket - strength of pace bowling and competitive spirit. Scyld Berry writes in the Telegraph that England should take the initiative and invite them to tour.

A tour that pits them against minor counties, perhaps, and culminates in a three-day first-class game at Lord’s against MCC, who first spotted Hassan and the allrounder Mohammad Nabi, giving Afghans a chance that never existed before.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo