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Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan has been so busy because of his prowess in short-form cricket that he is rarely at home. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/ICC/Getty Images
Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan has been so busy because of his prowess in short-form cricket that he is rarely at home. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/ICC/Getty Images
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Rashid Khan Reveals That He Has Spent Just 25 Days At Home In The Last 5 Years

Rashid Khan plies his trade in several major T20 competitions worldwide. 22 years old Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan is already arguably the most sought out T20 bowler going around.

The talismanic leg-spinner has been instrumental in the rise of Afghanistan cricket. Rashid Khan just doesn’t tend to restrict the run flow but also picks up wickets at regular intervals. In fact, the leggie has shown his prowess in many prominent T20 leagues worldwide.

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Rashid Khan (Photo Credit: Twitter/@cricketworldcup)

Rashid Khan Reveals That He Has Spent Just 25 Days At Home In The Last 5 Years Due To Commitments In The Global T20 Leagues

Although Rashid Khan is a global star now, his road to glory hasn’t been easy by any means. The star cricketer had to make tough significant sacrifices to pursue his dreams. The biggest of them is being away from his family. With Rashid Khan playing his trade in international cricket, IPL, BBL, CPL, and PSL, he hardly gets any free time. In fact, he has spent just 25 days at home in the last five years.

“In the last five years I’ve spent about 25 days at home. I didn’t have that opportunity to celebrate my achievement with the family because I was just so busy. I forgot my achievements and that hurts sometimes. I don’t get enough time to be with the family, but at the same time it is the start of my career so I have to struggle,” Rashid told Guardian.co.uk.

Rashid Khan hopes his country will soon start hosting international teams (Reuters Photo)
Rashid Khan hopes his country will soon start hosting international teams (Reuters Photo)

Rashid Khan made his One-day International debut for Afghanistan against Zimbabwe in October 2015 and has become an indispensable part of the national team. The 22-year-old leg-spinner has so far played in five Tests, picking 34 wickets, while in 74 ODIs he took 140 wickets. In the T20 Internationals, he has scalped 95 wickets from 51 outings.

It seems odd to call someone a veteran at 22 years but Rashid Khan is sort of in T20 cricket having played 266 matches in the format spread across IPL, BBL, PSL, CPL, Afghanistan, and more.

Rashid Khan Regrets Not To Play An International Match In His Country Afghanistan

It’s a known fact that Rashid Khan takes a lot of pride in representing Afghanistan. However, the youngster is yet to play an international game at home and he regrets it. The Sunrisers Hyderabad star also opined that people will come in large numbers when his country Afghanistan hosts an international game.

“Wherever I go I see international players playing at home in front of their crowds, getting the support, getting all the love; we so much want the same in our country. Our people, they love cricket, they love sport and the moment we have a series back home it will be massive. There will be no single spot to sit,” says Rashid.

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan. Image Credits: Twitter

Meanwhile, Rashid Khan must gear up to unleash his A-game with the ICC T20 World Cup being months away. The tournament will get underway in October in UAE. Although many are not backing Afghanistan to go far, Rashid Khan would be raring to defy the odds.

Ever since his debut IPL season in 2017, the leg spinner has garnered all the right eyeballs owing to his mastery with the ball. The leg-spinner turned in a few memorable match-winning efforts in SRH’s journey to the finals of the 2018 edition. He took 21 wickets and emerged as the second-highest wicket-taker in that edition. He has 85 scalps in 69 IPL games averaging a mere 20.1 at an economic rate of 6.24-the lowest economy rate ever in IPL history.

He has been SRH’s standout bowler over the last few seasons of the IPL. The Afghanistan leg-spinner has grabbed 10 wickets in 7 games in IPL 2021 at an impressive average of 17.20 and a splendid economy rate of 6.14.

Johan Botha
Johan Botha. Image Credit: Twitter.
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BBL 2020: Johan Botha Set To Play For Hobart Hurricanes; Comes Out Of Retirement

Former South African spinner Johan Botha has made a U-turn from his retirement to play in the Big Bash Leauge (BBL) 2020 for Hobart Hurricanes for which he had played in the eighth season.

The 38-year-old Botha retired from international cricket in 2019 after representing South Africa in 5 Tests, 78 ODIs and 40 T20Is for the Proteas in which he scalped 17, 72 and 37 wickets respectively. He is currently the assistant coach of the Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League T20 competition.

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Johan Botha. Image Credit: Twitter.

But he has come back from his retirement because he feels that he is still fit to play the game.

“It was a choice between ‘Do I further my coaching career, or do I miss the first couple of games of the Pakistan Super League?'” Johan Botha said.

“I figured I’m as fit as I’ve ever been, and I feel I can still make a contribution to the team,” he continued. “I’ve missed playing but I didn’t really want to put it out there and say ‘can you pick me’ in case it didn’t work out, so we kept it quiet from when we first chatted about it at the Shield hub in Adelaide, and it slowly built up from there.”

Johan Botha available from the game one for Hurrican:

Johan Botha
Johan Botha. Image Credit: Twitter.

Botha is no stranger to the BBL, having previously played three seasons with the Adelaide Strikers from 2012 to 2014, before joining the Sydney Sixers from 2015 to 2018, and then the Hobart Hurricanes for BBL 8.

His Australian citizenship in 2016 and is on the coaching roster for Tasmania, will qualify as a local player and be available for the first game.

Meanwhile, the Hurricanes will start their BBL 10 campaign when they face reigning Champions, the Sydney Sixers, at Blundstone Arena on Thursday.

Carlos Brathwaite. Image Credit: Twitter.
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Carlos Brathwaite Returns In Sydney Sixers For Upcoming BBL 2020

Sydney Sixer has resigned the West Indies allrounder Carlos Brathwaite for the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020, which is set to start from the 10th of December. He has played for the defending champions in the 2017-18 season.

Carlos Brathwaite is not selected in the West Indies tour of New Zealand and thus, is available for the T20 League. He is coming after playing in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) for Peshawar Zalmi, who has been knocked out of the tournament after facing defeat in the first eliminator.

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Carlos Brathwaite (Image Credit: Getty Images

By signing Carlos Brathwaite, Sydney Sixers have now filled their overseas quota. The other two international players are Englishmen James Vince and Tom Curran. The Windies had played four matches in his last appearance for the club. He proved to be a beneficial bowler more than the batsmen as he picked six wickets in 14.4 overs while batting, he only faced six balls.

Carlos Brathwaite excited to play for Sydney Sixers:

Carlos Brathwaite
Image Credit: Twitter.

Recalling his stint with sixers, Carlos said that he had fond memories of the dressing room and wicket-celebration with the club.

“I have very fond memories of Sydney,” Brathwaite said. “I have good memories of playing at the SCG in my second Test match and even better memories of playing BBL for Sixers. I remember great times dancing at the games and the times in the dressing rooms with our team.”

With his inclusion, Sydney Sixers have got a power-packed lower-middle order alongside Curran, who has been used as a finisher in recent seasons, and new recruit Dan Christian.

Earlier in the week, the premier speedster Mitchell Starc confirmed that he will be available to play for sixers this season.

Meanwhile, the first match of the BBL 2019 winners is against Hobart Hurricanes on December 10.

BBL 2020: Mohammad Nabi Signs Deal With Melbourne Renegades Ahead of Upcoming Edition
Mohammad Nabi. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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BBL 2020: Mohammad Nabi Signs Deal With Melbourne Renegades Ahead of Upcoming Edition

Afghanistan allrounder Mohammad Nabi will return to Melbourne Renegades in the upcoming Big Bash League 2020 scheduled to begin on December 3 this year. Last season, he also played for Renegades and was the lynchpin for them.

Currently, the allrounder is in the UAE to feature for SunRisers Hyderabad in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. Although the tournament is midway, he has played in one IPL match so far. After completing his stint in IPL, he will travel to Australia to join Melbourne Renegades.

Mohammad Nabi pleased to sign the deal with BBL:

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Mohammad Nabi. Image Credit: Twitter

Mohammad Nabi said that BBL allows him to test himself against the best T20 players around the world. Notably, he is signing the deal with the Renegades for the fourth season.

“I have always enjoyed my time with the Renegades and testing myself against some of the best T20 players in the world in the Big Bash. I’m very pleased to have re-signed for a fourth season,” Mohammad Nabi said in a statement.

Mohammad Nabi
Mohammad Nabi. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Renegades coach Michael Klinger said Nabi provides the team with added flexibility. He also stated that his role will be to support the middle-order and bowl important overs.

“Nabi’s versatility makes him a very valuable member of our team. He can bat and bowl in a number of different situations and he reads the game so well,” Klinger said.”

“We’ll again be looking for Nabi to play a key role in our middle order and he’ll be called upon to bowl some important overs,” he added.

BBL 10 will start with the tournament opener between Adelaide Strikers and Renegades on December 3 at the Adelaide Oval.

Renegades squad: Cameron Boyce, Zak Evans, Aaron Finch (c), Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Jon Holland, Shaun Marsh, Mohammad Nabi, James Pattinson, Kane Richardson, Will Sutherland, Beau Webster

David Willey, Joe Root, 2019 World Cup, England
Joe throws support behind Willey. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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Overlooked An IPL 2020 Opportunity To Lead Yorkshire In T20 Blast, Says David Willey

England all-rounder David Willey revealed he had to overlook an IPL opportunity to captain Yorkshire Vikings in The Blast T20 series. Willey was not called up for England’s squad to face Australia in the white ball series. The Blast series started from the 27th of August and will end on till October 3. The final stages of the series will clash with IPL which will commence on the 19th of September in UAE.

However, Willey has stated that he will be willing to join any IPL franchise after finishing the Blast if any opportunity arises. He was more inclined to captaining the Yorkshire Vikings to The Blast and hence passed on a chance to play in the IPL 2020.

David Willey, England vs Ireland
David Willey. Image Credit: Getty Images

Had to overlook an IPL opportunity to lead Yorkshire in The Blast: David Willey

The southpaw confirmed he had an offer from IPL which he passed on to be able to play with the Yorkshire Vikings in The Blast. He told the reason for being the clashing of both leagues. Willey who has previously represented CSK in the IPL is however still open to any opportunities arriving from the IPL, post finishing The Blast with Yorkshire Vikings in the first week of October.

“I had an offer. The problem is there’s a crossover with the Blast and the IPL, so I said I’m available from when the Blast finishes. I want to captain Yorkshire in the Blast and see that through, so if there’s an opportunity that comes after that (IPL), great. There may still be opportunities which I’m open to,” he told the Yorkshire Post.

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David Willey (Credits: BCCI)

I’ll bite someone’s hand off to get over and play, play any of the franchise cricket really: David Willey

Willey also opened up on the possibility of playing in the Big Bash League, in Australia and added the only concern in playing there will be the time spent away from his family. His comments showed he is desperate to get opportunities to play in franchise cricket.

“Again, there’s been a bit of interest there. But the issue for me there will be family travel. I’m not willing to spend that long away from my family. If that changes, I’ll bite someone’s hand off to get over and play, play any of the franchise cricket really, but it’s just weighing everything up,” he added.

BBL 07, David Willey, Return, Perth Scorchers, Adam Voges, Australia, BBL 2017-18
Photo Credit: BBL/CA.

The 30-year-old all-rounder is hoping to make a comeback to the England Team, after being overlooked for the series against Australia.

Josh Hazlewood, ICC World Cup 2019
Hazlewood is not featuring in the 2019 World Cup. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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My Goal Is To Play Every Game Possible For Australia: Josh Hazlewood

Australian speedster Josh Hazlewood wants to make it to Australia’s T20 team by making a mark and aims to play every game possible.  The pacer does not expect a starting place in the upcoming white-ball series but still retains his dream of becoming a 3 format player. Hazlewood had last played a T20 match in Australia’s world cup exit to India in 2016. He only has 7 T20 caps to his name.

Australia are touring England to play a white-ball series against England. The T20s will commence from September 4 and will be played in Southampton. The ODIs will be played at Old Trafford in Manchester from September 11 and will be part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League.

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Josh Hazlewood. Image Credit: Getty Images.

That’s always the goal, to play every game of cricket you can for Australia: Josh Hazlewood

The Australian pacer aims to play every game possible for Australia, which is tough at the moment with the squad all stacked with talent.

“That’s always the goal, to play every game of cricket you can for Australia. It’s probably just through an opportunity that I haven’t, guess scheduling as well plays a part. But the T20 team has been going really well and as you expect it’s stayed pretty much the same XI, they’ve been winning most of their games and it’s a tough side to get into,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Josh Hazlewood as saying.

Josh Hazlewood, ICC World Cup 2019, Australia, ICC World Cup, Justin Langer
Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Hazlewood showed his form on returning with the Sydney Sixers in the latter stages of Big Bash League last season where he took five wickets in five matches with an economy rate of 6.22. The Sydney Sixers lifted the BBL title too.

“I’ll keep pushing and take the opportunities as I did for the Sixers and hopefully for Chennai and hopefully keep knocking on the door. England is flying, they have a couple of new faces we’ve got to look at. Tom Banton, I know I’ve seen Dawid Malan but he’s in the runs again. Eoin Morgan just runs a really steady ship and everyone knows their roles. They come in and their confidence is always high,” he added.

Josh Hazlewood acknowledges England’s strong squad depth

Hazlewood reckoned England have got a great squad in their hand with all areas covered. He also mentioned Eoin Morgan’s steady good leadership for the England side in white-ball cricket.

“England are flying, [they have a] couple of new faces we’ve got to look at,” he said. “Tom Banton, I know I’ve seen [Dawid] Malan but he’s in the runs again. Eoin Morgan just runs a really steady ship and everyone knows their roles. They come in and their confidence is always high.” he said.

Josh Hazlewood, Support, Hilton Cartwright, Vacant Position, First-Choice, Ashes 2017-18, JLT Sheffield Shield.
Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“They have all bases covered in white-ball cricket, probably seen a bit more depth from them this year with having to have different players in the squads. They know their roles and the white-ball team is as good as ever,” Josh Hazlewood concluded.

Cricket Australia has announced a 21 man squad for the series naming three debutants namely Josh Philippe, Daniel Sams and Riley Meredith. The Australian team has reached England and will be playing practice matches before the series begins on September 4 with the T20Is, as confirmed by the ECB.

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WBBL and KFC BBL trophies (Image Credit: CA)
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KFC BBL 2020/21 And WBBL 2020/21 Fixtures Announced

On Wednesday (15th July) morning, the Cricket Australia (CA) announced the full fixtures of the Women’s Big Bash League 2020/21 (WBBL 06) and KFC Big Bash League 2020/21 (KFC BBL 10).

The sixth season of the WBBL will begin on 17th October 2020 and it will run till 29th November 2020. Meanwhile, the upcoming KFC BBL season has been scheduled between 3rd December 2020 and 6th February 2021.

However, the CA has also clarified that both the schedules can be changed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, especially when Melbourne and Sydney have recently experienced new coronavirus pandemic.

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Cricket Australia’s Big Bash chief Alistair Dobson claimed, “Scheduling in the time of coronavirus is not without its challenges, as we have seen. There are factors outside the league itself which could impact (the schedule) at a later date.”

Incidentally, the 10th season of the KFC BBL will begin on the same day when the much-awaited four-match Test series between the hosts Australia and the visitors India will begin as both have been scheduled on 3rd December 2020.

Brisbane Heat will begin their WBBL 06 journey as the defending champions as they won their second WBBL trophy in the last season after beating Adelaide Strikers in the final by six wickets (with 11 balls to spare).

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Brisbane Heat won the last WBBL trophy (Image Credit: Brisbane Heat)

On the other hand, Sydney Sixers will start their KFC BBL 10 journey as the defending champions as they also won their second KFC BBL trophy in the last season after beating Melbourne Stars in the final by 19 runs.

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Sydney Sixers won the last KFC BBL trophy (Image Credit: CA)

The detailed fixtures of the WBBL 2020/21

The detailed fixtures of the KFC BBL 2020/21

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CA has struggled to maintain the home fixtures, just like the other cricket boards. Australia has also the plan to host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 between 18th October and 15th November 2020, but the tournament is widely doubtful due to the coronavirus pandemic. The International Cricket Council (ICC) can take the final decision about the forthcoming T20 World Cup in this month.

Apart from the home international series and T20 leagues, the domestic first-class tournament Sheffield Shield will also be organised in the 2020/21 Australian summer.

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Trent Woodhill Becomes Melbourne Stars’ Chief Coach For WBBL

Melbourne stars, on Tuesday, proclaimed that Trent Woodhill had become their new Women’s Big Bash Leagues’ head coach. Apart from coaching, he would be working as the manager for both men’s and women’s teams. Woodhill has also worked in the Indian Premier League(IPL) for Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils.

Earlier, former Australia opener Leah Poulton was named to take the role, but she quit the role ahead of the official announcement. And it turned out to be a great opportunity for Trent Woodhill.

Trent Woodhill promises to take Melbourne Stars to WBBL title win:

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WBBL. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

In the recent interaction, the newly appointed coach Woodhill assured that the team would bounce back with much strength in the upcoming season. He even said that he would take the team to their maiden finals and title win. However, he acknowledged that the stars need to improve in several areas.

“It’s a great opportunity and one I’m looking forward to getting stuck in to,” Woodhill said.

“I’ve been involved with the Stars for many years now and know the environment and the ethos well. We’re backing ourselves to bounce back from some of the results in recent WBBL seasons. The competition is only getting stronger and we need to be stronger too. I’d certainly like to see a maiden finals appearance this season and win the title but there is plenty of work to do first,” Woodhill maintained.

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Trent Woodhill. Image Credit: Twitter.

Trent Woodhill was also the batting coach of Australia’s star batswoman Alyssa Healy. He was also the high-performance consultant to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in the creation of the Hundred.

Meanwhile, the fate of the WBBL 2020 is uncertain because of the coronavirus pandemic. Cricket Australia is exploring options, but nothing has been assured for organising the T20 League in the summer.

IPL 2020: Shane Watson Is A Stock Which Keeps Giving You Dividend Every Year - Aakash Chopra
CSK player Shane Watson. (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Shane Watson Reveals Why IPL Is Above BBL And Other Leagues

Former Australian cricketer Shane Watson has played in Indian Premier League, Pakistan Super League, Caribbean Premier League and Big Bash League. So, the veteran is well acquainted with the atmosphere of all the above leagues. He opines the difference between all the leagues and hails IPL for being the best among all.

After his retirement from international cricket, the all-rounder has participated in almost every edition of all the league, except, BBL, because he retired from the league ahead of the last season.

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Shane Watson (Image Credit: Google)

The one thing that the IPL and PSL do is make the quality of the cricket, the product, the number one priority: Shane Watson

In IPL, he now plays under the captaincy of MS Dhoni for Chennai Super Kings (CSK). He has also played for Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. According to him, IPL is unique and different from other leagues because of the quality of cricket. The presence of top Indian players makes the league more competitive and successful unlike BBL, who only focuses on entertainment, says Watson.

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Shane Watson (Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI)

Quetta Gladiators player Shane Watson feels PSL is similar to IPL where he gets to face world-class spinners and pacers which improves the quality of the league.

Shane Watson, Big Bash League
Shane Watson. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

“The one thing that the IPL and PSL do is make the quality of the cricket, the product, the number one priority. They know that if this is of the highest quality possible, then the longevity of the tournament and the commercial growth and success will look after itself.

“This is where the BBL has really lost its way. The quality of the cricket has been put on the back burner in the Big Bash and the entertainment gimmicks have been brought to the forefront.”

Further, former Brisbane Heat captain also suggested how the BBL can be improved. He recommends that more international players should join the league. The Aussies players are not available because of the clash of the league schedule with international cricket.

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Pat Brown. Credits: Getty
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Pat Brown Ruled Out Of Remaining Winter With Back Injury

England seamer, Pat Brown has been ruled out from the upcoming limited over series against South Africa with a lower back stress fracture. Brown suffered the injury during his tenure with Melbourne Stars in the ongoing Big Bash League. The England selectors will soon name a replacement for the fast bowler.

Pat Brown was selected in the ODI and T20I squad for the series against the Proteas. However, England will need to come up with a replacement for the seamer.

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Pat Brown. Credits: Getty.

Brown was supposed to replace Dale Steyn in the BBL.

“The 21-year-old Worcestershire quick developed a recurrence of low back symptoms whilst in Australia preparing to play for the Melbourne Stars in the Australian Big Bash. A scan has revealed a partial stress fracture,” the ECB stated in a release.

Meanwhile, Pat Brown was supposed to fill in the big shoes of Dale Steyn as an overseas player for Melbourne Stars. However, he has been withdrawn from all forms of the game for the remainder of England’s winter. He will head back home and will start his rehabilitation process with the medical team of Worcestershire.

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England will play three ODIs and as many T20Is and the white ball series will begin from February 4. The first ODI will be played at Cape Town and the T20I series will commence from 12th February with the series opener to be played at East London.

Pat Brown had made his T20I debut against New Zealand last year. The young right-arm fast-medium has scalped three wickets in the four T20I matches he played.

On the other hand, South Africa currently leads the four-match Test series by 1-0 as they had won the first match by 107 runs. England has set a mammoth target of 438 runs for the Proteas and the hosts have got off to a good start as they currently are 111-1.

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