Afghanistan's head coach Lalchand Rajput believes the gradually improving Afghan team will be ready to play Tests in another two-three years.
"Playing Test cricket has to be the goal. I feel there is still another two or three years before the team is fully ready for the five-day format. A lot depends on the ICC as well," Rajput told PTI.
Afghanistan recently crashed Ireland across all formats (ODI, T20 Internationals, First-Class) in a series played at their adopted home ground in Greater Noida of India.
Rajput who is the chief coach since June last year has considered the job his toughest challenge yet.
"After taking over I realised that I had to work a lot on the mind and fitness aspect. The batsmen were always on fifth gear and used to throw their wicket away after getting a good start. They don't do that anymore.
"They value their wicket a lot more now. Fitness wise also the boys have improved a lot and that is showing in their game."
He has high hopes from the team and has no hesitation in calling some of the Afghan players world-class including the IPL debutants Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi.
Spin bowler Rashid Khan and all-rounder Mohammad Nabi were picked up by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL auction in February, a first for Afghanistan cricket.
"These two guys playing in IPL is not just huge for them but for the entire country. It is hugely motivating for their national teammates as well," Rajput said.
"I feel Rashid Khan is one of the best spinners in the world at the moment. He is always accurate, bowls a great googly and knows how to vary his line and length. The young boy has a bright future ahead of him. Nabi is another one who can fit into any international side along with top-order batsman Rahmat Shah."
After the IPL Afghanistan will take on West Indies in June, Rajput stressed that the team will get better by playing against Test playing nations.
"In fact, we have spoken to the BCCI as well for a series. The Indian board has always been there for Afghanistan and I am confident the two teams will be playing each other soon."
"I keep telling the players that in India, we don't rate someone highly unless he plays Tests. So the players know the value of getting there," Afghan coach noted, who is with the team on a two-year contract.