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England skipper Joe Root (Photo | PTI)
England skipper Joe Root (Photo | PTI)

Everyone Has To Ensure Racism Doesn’t Happen Again In England Cricket, Says Joe Root

Joe Root has said that they have to make sure racism does not happen again further in England cricket. England skipper Joe Root has said everyone has to find ways of creating more opportunities to make the sport “more diverse” following Azeem Rafiq‘s allegations of racism at Yorkshire.

Azeem Rafiq has spoken out about racism at Yorkshire  Getty Images
Azeem Rafiq has spoken out about racism at Yorkshire  Getty Images

Joe Root: Everyone Has To Ensure Racism Doesn’t Happen Again In England Cricket

Azeem Rafiq, Joe Root’s former teammate at the club, had accused the County side of racism following which Yorkshire released a statement regarding the investigation into the matter. In September 2020, the Yorkshire County Cricket Club launched a full investigation into allegations of racism and now in a release has stated that Azeem Rafiq was the victim of inappropriate behaviour.

“As a former team-mate and friend, it’s hard to see Azeem hurting as he is. More than anything, it just shows that there is a lot of work we have to do in the game,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Root as saying.

“It’s a societal issue in my opinion. We have seen it in other sports; we have seen it in other areas. As a sport, we have got to keep trying to find ways of making sure this isn’t a conversation that keeps happening. We have got to find ways of creating more opportunities, making our game more diverse and educating better,” he added.

The England skipper said one needs to make sure that racism doesn’t happen again “further down the line”.

“I don’t think that just comes from players and administrators: it’s from everyone in the game. There has got to be a want and a will to do that. It is something we have to prioritise as a sport and make sure this isn’t something that happens again further down the line,” said Root.

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Jofra Archer – GETTY IMAGES

Azeem Rafiq, the former England U19 and Yorkshire captain revealed the experience of racism while playing in English domestic cricket left him on the brink of suicide.

Azeem Rafiq played in 38 First class, 35 List A, and 95 T20 matches representing Yorkshire from 2008-2014 and also in 2016 and 2018 where he picked up 71, 43 and 102 wickets respectively and even scored 1 ton in First Class. He played in Derbyshire on short term loan in 2011.

Racism is not new to cricket with even the likes of Brian Lara targeted for racism. The famous incidents came when Australian Andrew Symmonds accused Harbhajan Singh of racially abusing him, Darren Sammy was insulted in IPL, spectators abusing England’s Jofra Archer, commentator Dean Jones calling South African batsman Hashim Amla terrorist in 2006 are a few to speak of.

Ollie Robinson, England pacer apologized after a series of tweets of a racist and sexist nature came to light during his Test debut against New Zealand at Lord’s. He apologized for a series of racial and sexist tweets he had put out as a teenager back in 2012-14. Ollie Robinson was aged 18 and 19 at that time. An initial one-game suspension was imposed by the England and Wales Cricket Board before Ollie Robinson withdrew himself from selection for his county side Sussex for the T20 games.

Joe Root: England Will Observe The Moment Of Unity Before 3rd Test Begins

Joe Root also informed that England will observe a “moment of unity” and sport anti-discrimination t-shirts ahead of the third Test against India, which gets underway on Wednesday.

“I think it is really important we have the moment of unity. We have to keep showing the sport is for everyone and that we are desperate to make everyone feel welcome to it. It’s such a brilliant sport and should be open to everyone,” said Joe Root.

Joe Root
Joe Root Photograph: Sri Lanka Cricket

“We have to do more, I get that. But, as a team, it is a big focus for us to make the game for everyone and to make it as welcoming as we can. I know we keep talking about it but I am desperate to do something about it. Hopefully, in time, you can see that come into action,” he added.

The first Test ended in a draw but India staged an incredible comeback to take the second game by 151 runs at the Lord’s Cricket Ground. Both sides will now lock horns in the third Test, beginning Wednesday at Headingley, Leeds.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Ravichandran Ashwin May Play For Surrey Against Somerset Ahead Of India’s Five-Match Test Series Against England

Ravichandran Ashwin may play a County Championship match for Surrey ahead of India’s five-match Test series against hosts England, which starts on 4th August. The Indian off-spinner’s chances of representing Surrey depend on the timely arrival of his work visa, which is a mandatory requirement to play county cricket.

Ravichandran Ashwin is expected to play in county side Surrey’s next match against Somerset at The Oval, starting July 11. The spinner has previously represented Nottinghamshire and Worcestershire in county cricket.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Ravichandran Ashwin Was Inaugural World Test Championship’s Highest Wicket Taker With 71 Scalps

Indian team is currently on a break after their 8 wicket defeat in the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand last month. Ravichandran Ashwin, though, was the tournament’s highest wicket-taker with 71 wickets from 14 Tests at 20.33. India’s Test series against England starts at Trent Bridge on August 4.

India hasn’t played enough games in their recent overseas tours. However, skipper Virat Kohli has made it clear that the side is keen on playing practice matches. Although India has requested practice matches, nothing has been scheduled yet officially. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is likely to organize a tour game for the visiting Indian team later this month. It will be a three-day game with Select County XI from July 20 to 22.

Kyle Jamieson (File Photo) | AP
Kyle Jamieson (File Photo) | AP

Ravichandran Ashwin’s outing at the venue of the Test series will, therefore, be beneficial from India’s point of view. Surrey has Hashim Amla and Kyle Jamieson as their overseas players, with the latter in doubt for the next fixture due to an injury. Kyle Jamieson, incidentally, was Man of the Match for picking 7 wickets including a five-wicket haul in the WTC Final.

Ravichandran Ashwin has an old connection with Trent Bridge. In the 2019 County Championship, he turned up for Nottinghamshire. Though he played just five first-class matches, Ravichandran Ashwin left an impression. He was the side’s most impressive bowler with 34 wickets at 24.58. He also topped the batting average charts for the county side by slamming two fifties and finishing with 339 runs at 37.66.

Shubman Gill Ruled Out For 8 Weeks And Ishant Sharma Injured But Is Expected To Recover In Time For England Tests

Meanwhile, India opener Shubman Gill has been ruled out for eight weeks after he suffered a shin injury post the final encounter at Ageas Bowl in Southampton. Incidentally, pacer Ishant Sharma had suffered an injury to his bowling hand while stopping a ball during the WTC final at the Ageas Bowl and had to get three stitches. But the pacer is set to be fit in time for the England Tests.
Ishant Sharma celebrates after dismissing Devon Conway [Image-Twitter]
Ishant Sharma celebrates after dismissing Devon Conway [Image-Twitter]
Indian team management’s request to selectors for sending openers Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal to join the Test squad in England has been declined. The request was made after opener Shubman Gill’s injury surfaced following the completion of the World Test Championship (WTC) versus New Zealand in Southampton.The England board is launching The Hundred on July 21, and as a result, most England and county players are expected to be busy with the new white-ball tournament with their respective franchises. The need for the warm-up game was felt by the Indian team management after the World Test Championship (WTC) final, which they had lost to New Zealand last month. India had played only an intra-squad practice game before the marquee final.

India’s squad for England series: Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Rishabh Pant (wk), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), KL Rahul (wk), Shubman Gill (injured and likely to be replaced), Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari, Washington Sundar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav.

Schedule for India’s tour of England

– 1st Test: Nottingham, August 4-8

– 2nd Test: Lord’s, August 12-16

– 3rd Test: Leeds, August 25-29

– 4th Test: The Oval, September 2-6

– 5th Test: Old Trafford, September 10-14

Temba Bavuma Source: twitter
Temba Bavuma Source: twitter

Cricket South Africa Confirms Proteas Will Embark On Tour Of Ireland In July 2021

Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Monday confirmed that the Proteas will embark on a historic first full limited-overs tour of Ireland in July 2021.

The matches are scheduled to be played from July 11-25 and will comprise of three ODIs that will form part of the ICC’s Cricket World Cup Super League (CWCSL) program, and three T20Is, with the games played in Malahide and Stormont. Cricket South Africa’s Director of Cricket thanked Cricket Ireland for their willingness to adapt to the tour.

Faf du Plessis of South Africa in a World Cup Match against Ireland © Getty Images
Faf du Plessis of South Africa in a World Cup match against Ireland © Getty Images

Cricket South Africa Director Graeme Smith: Pleased To Finalize Dates And Thanks To Cricket Ireland For Cooperation And Willingness To Adapt Tour Schedule

It is the first time the Proteas will tour Ireland for more than one game, with their only other visit being in June 2007 when they played an ODI in Belfast.

“We are extremely pleased to have finalised the dates as quickly as we have and for that we would like to thank Cricket Ireland for their cooperation and willingness to adapt the tour schedule as we continue to finalize our winter programme,” commented Cricket South Africa Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith.

“The tour marks a significant new chapter in our history as we visit one of the fast-developing cricket nations for a six-match tour. Ireland have showed themselves to be highly competitive adversaries in recent years, with growing profile in the world game. It will also offer our players further international action in unfamiliar conditions, so we are looking forward to the contest,” he added.

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Cricket South Africa Graeme Smith Source: Bloomberg www.bloomberg.com

Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland, added: “Given the significant changes to the Future Tours Programme due to the postponement of home series’ from 2020 – and all other countries having to reschedule fixtures over the period 2020-2023 – it has truly been a jigsaw puzzle for world cricket administrators to try to make the pieces fit.”

“We look forward to the season ahead and thank our touring opponents for working with us on this restructured season. For our senior men, there are six World Cup Super League matches included in the schedule, in which we welcome back South Africa who last played here 14 years ago.”

Cricket South Africa’s Graeme Smith said Ireland have shown themselves to be highly competitive opponents in recent years, with a growing profile in the world game.

South Africa Played 5 ODIs Against Ireland And Won All Of Them But Haven’t Met Each Other In T20Is

The Proteas have played and beaten Ireland in all of the five ODIs over the years, including meetings at 2007, 2011, and 2015 ICC Cricket World Cups. Their last showdown against each other was during a one-match tour to South Africa by the Irish in 2016.

South Africa have won their first ODI against Ireland in the 2007 World Cup by seven wickets, the second one by 42 runs in 2007, third at 2011 World Cup by 131 runs, fourth at 2015 World Cup by 201 runs, and fifth in 2017 by 206 runs.

Hashim Amla scored his 20th ODI ton and became the fastest to achieve the feat against Ireland. (Source: AP)
Hashim Amla scored his 20th ODI ton and became the fastest to achieve the feat against Ireland. (Source: AP)

The two teams haven’t played a T20I match against each other. In the 2015 World Cup, Hashim Amla scored 159 and Faf du Plessis scored 109. In 2017, Temba Bavuma scored 113 in ODIs.

Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Umar Gul
Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar (Image Credit: Google)

5 Cricketers Who Refused To Promote Popular Brands Due To Their Strong Personal Belief

Apart from the salaries, international cricketers can even earn a good amount from the various brand endorsements. Their rate and demand for the brand endorsements are hugely depended on their latest forms and images among the fans.

However, there are some international cricketers, who have refused to promote strong and popular brands due to their strong personal belief.

Here we are talking about the top five cricketers who refused to promote popular brands due to their strong personal belief

Virat Kohli

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While Virat Kohli is handling India’s Test captaincy role since early 2015, he is handling the captaincy role of the Indian team in every format since early 2017. Apart from maintaining successful captaincy tenure, Kohli is one of the most consistent batsmen in every format for a long time as he is maintaining the batting average of 50+ in every format of international cricket.

Though Kohli earlier endorsed the popular brands Pepsi and Fair & Lovely, he decided to not endorse these brands since 2017. While Pepsi is a carbonated soft drink brand, Fair & Lovely is a skin-lightening cosmetic product brand. As Kohli is living the fittest life, where he doesn’t foll0w the soft drink or fairness cream, he doesn’t want to endorse these products.

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Virat Kohli and Steven Smith. Credits: Twitter

Top Five Fielders With Most Catches In International Cricket Since 2010

‘Catches win you matches’ is a famous cricket adage. If a team takes its catches, it generally takes the match but if a side drops its catches, it also mostly drops the match. Yes, the batsmen and the bowlers play a crucial role in the success of the team but the fielders can really spur the team. A good fielding effort or a good catch can lift the morale of the team and it can be the difference between a win or a loss.

There have been some fielders in the game with the likes of Jonty Rhodes, Ricky Ponting enthralling us with their efforts. There have been many fielders who are livewire on the field and contribute in the field by saving runs or taking good catches.

We, at Sportzwiki, bring you the top five fielders who have most catches in International cricket since 2010.

Hashim Amla

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Hashim Amla. Credits: Getty.

South Africa’s Hashim Amla always had a safe pair of hands. Amla used to field in the slips and did a fine job for the Proteas. The right-handed batsman not only delivered the goods with the bat but also supported his bowlers in the field.

Amla took a total of 216 catches out of which 170 were taken since 2010.

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Virender Sehwag. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Top Five Batsmen To Score Maximum Runs In First Ten Overs Of ODI Format Since 2002

The openers play a crucial role in the success of a particular team in ODI format as they are instrumental in providing a foundation on which the rest of the innings stands. It is generally noticed that if a team gets off to a good start, it goes on to post a gargantuan total whereas if a team loses early wickets, then they are not even able to get a par score on the board.

Furthermore, there are only two fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle in the first ten overs and it is the job of the ODI openers to make the most of the Powerplay conditions. In fact, both the batsmen must find the balance in scoring runs at the healthy strike rate and also making sure that they don’t lose wickets at the top of the order.

We, at Sportzwiki, take a look at five batsmen who have scored maximum runs in the first ten overs of the ODI format since 2002.

5. Hashim Amla

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Hashim Amla (Image Credit: Google)

South Africa’s former talisman batsman Hashim Amla did a fine job for his team at the top of the order. In fact, Amla was thought of as a Test batsman in his formative years but he was able to prove his mettle as an ODI batsman. The right-hander played 181 ODI matches in his career in which he scored 8113 runs at an impressive average of 49.46. Out of these, Amla opened the innings in 176 innings in which he scored 8083 runs at an average of 49.89.

In the first ten overs, Amla scored 3427 runs in his illustrious career as an opener. The stylish batsman scored 27 ODI centuries and he was a consistent performer for the Rainbow Nation.

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Top 10 Players Who’ve Won Most Man of The Series Awards in ODIs

Since the inception of One Day International (ODI) cricket, the game has seen a lot of transformation. The limited-overs format has changed tremendously over the last two to three decades. In the 1970s & 1980s, ODI was a 60-over format but later it was reduced to 50 overs per side. As the game got fast-paced, ODI saw many changes and it became a lot more intriguing.

Over the last 40 years, limited-overs cricket saw the arrival of some class batsmen who will be remembered as the legends of the game. These batsmen have delivered whenever their teams required them to come up with some spectacular performances.

In this piece, we are about to analyse the records of the players who have won the most number of man of the series awards in One Day Internationals. These players have stood up during pressure situations and have given their teams many memorable moments with their brilliance. Let’s take a look.

We take a look at 10 players who’ve won most Man of the Series Awards in ODIs.

Sachin Tendulkar – 15 Man of the Series Awards in 463 matches

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Sachin Tendulkar. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The legendary batsman doesn’t need any introduction. The Master Blaster has always stepped up whenever his team required him to. The champion batsman has many records to his name but this particular record shows the class and determination of the veteran batsmen. Tendulkar made batting look easy with his class and temperament.

The right-hander won 15 Man of the Series awards for team India in 463 matches in the 50-over format. He scored 18426 runs in his ODI career.

Tendulkar punched the ball gracefully on the offside and was equally strong on the leg side. Watching him drive through the off side was soothing to every fan’s eyes. Tendulkar showed exemplary footwork on any sort of wicket. Besides, he worked the ball well in the gaps and drove superbly straight down the ground with his classic timing.

Sanath Jayasuriya – 11 Man of the Series Awards in 445 matches

Sanath Jayasuriya.
Sanath Jayasuriya. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The left-hander Sanath Jayasuriya changed the concept of batting in the 50-over format with his aggressive and attacking style of play. The Sri-Lankan legend would clear the boundary ropes with his powerful hitting abilities and time the ball superbly. Jayasuriya’s exquisite yet elegant drives would split the field easily.

The former captain showed tremendous resolve and batted brilliantly under pressure. Jayasuriya co-ordinated well with the non-striker while running between the wickets. Anything short and the left-hander would cut the ball powerfully or pull the ball if it would be in the middle and leg area.

Jayasuriya won 11 Man of the Series awards in 445 matches. He didn’t hesitate to play the big shots against the spinners. Jayasuriya had this knack of picking wickets with his off-spin. The veteran scored an astounding 13,430 runs in One Day Internationals.

Virat Kohli – nine Man of the Series Awards in 245 games

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Virat Kohli. Photo Credit: Getty images.

The Team India skipper Virat Kohli has a very impressive track record when it comes to winning the Man of the Series awards. Kohli has won nine Man of the Series Awards in 245 games. The 31-year-old has shown tremendous resolve and courage while chasing a big total.

The right-hander has shown a fearless approach while batting and has led his team with determination.

Kohli can split the gap wonderfully with his fine cover drives and glorious timing. Kohli is equally strong at his pads. He has already scored 11792 runs till now and is looking good to break many more records.

Shaun Pollock – nine Man of the Series Awards in 303 games

Shaun Pollock
Shaun Pollock. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The South-African legend will be remembered as one of the best swing bowlers of all-time. Pollock had this knack of picking crucial wickets during crunch situations. The former Proteas captain swung the ball both ways and looked threatening on seaming wickets.

Pollock was a handy lower-order batsman. He made the batsmen make mistakes with his variations and made adjustments to his bowling as per the conditions. Pollock won nine Man of the Series awards in 303 matches. Pollock outfoxed the batsmen with his clever change of pace.

Chris Gayle – eight Man of the Series Awards in 301 games

Chris Gayle, Brian Lara
Chris Gayle. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The West Indian Chris Gayle smashed the best bowling attacks all around the park with his powerful hitting. The 40-year-old was the mainstay of the West Indies batting for more than a decade in One Day Internationals.

The left-hander dominated the opposition bowlers with his powerful striking abilities as he made batting look easy.

Gayle’s effortless batting amazed fans world over. He could pierce the field with his cracking drives and destructive cuts. Gayle could judge the length of any delivery with his fine hand-eye coordination.

The West Indes veteran won eight Man of the Series awards in 71 series in the limited-overs format. Gayle scored 10480 runs in the ODI leg.

Vivian Richards – seven Man of the Series Awards in 187 matches

Vivian Richards
Vivian Richards. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“Sir Vivian Richards” was the most destructive yet attractive batsmen during the 1970s & 1980s. During those days ODI was a 60-over format. Keeping in mind that there where very few One Day Internationals being played during that time, it is surprising this legendary batsman won seven Man of the Series awards in 187 matches.

The West Indian was a nightmare for every bowler and hammered the best bowling attacks with his attacking style of play.

Richards has single-handedly won games for his team but he equally adapted as per the conditions which proved quite amazing. Richards was a gifted yet the most attractive batsman of that era.

Anything short on the offside and Richards was quick to cut the ball effortlessly. Richards was equally strong while playing the pull shots but it was his hand-eye co-ordination which enabled him to play his natural attacking game.

The legendary batsman will be remembered as one of the best timers of the cricket ball. Richards scored 6721 runs in his One Day International career.

Hashim Amla – seven Man of the Series Awards in 181 matches

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Hashim Amla (Image Credit: Google)

Hashim Amla was a specimen of consistency right throughout his career. The 38-year-old’s retirement was a big loss for South-African cricket. The right-hander has played some superlative innings bailing his team from danger.

Amla was quite strong on the offside where he punched the ball effortlessly with his sublime timing.

The elegant batsman was equally sharp with his wrist work and looked solid on the back foot as well as the front foot. Amla drove the ball gloriously and looked technically strong on bouncy wickets.

Amla won seven Man of the Series awards in 181 matches. He scored 8113 runs in his One Day International career.

Yuvraj Singh – seven Man of the Series Awards in 304 matches

Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Yuvraj Singh was a champion in true sense. The 38-year-old made a comeback in international cricket after fighting a deadly disease like cancer. Although his form got affected after making a comeback, the 2011 World Cup hero will always remain an inspiration for millions of fans worldwide for his fighting spirit.

Yuvraj was a perfect No. 4 batsman for Team India and always performed under pressure. The left-hander stroked the ball wonderfully with his elegant and graceful drives. He pulled the ball powerfully with great hand-eye coordination.

The southpaw punched the ball well on the back foot as well as the front foot. The left-hander had the ability to change the situation of a game with his determined approach.

He won seven Man of the Series awards in 304 games. Yuvraj picked crucial wickets with his deceptive off-spin bowling. Yuvraj Singh was a match-winner during critical situations. The flamboyant left-hander scored 8701 runs in his 50 over career.

Sourav Ganguly – seven Man of the Series Awards in 311 matches

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“The Prince of Kolkata” as he was popularly known during his playing days, was a perfect opening partner for Sachin Tendulkar in limited-overs format when the duo opened together.

Ganguly was simply brilliant with his effortless cover drives and punched the ball wonderfully on the back foot. More than anything else it was the way he timed the ball was just amazing.

The former skipper showed great commitment towards the team and attacked the bowlers fearlessly. Ganguly wasn’t afraid to play big shots against the spinners. He won seven Man of the Series awards in 311 matches in the limited-overs format.

Besides, Ganguly took bold decisions as a captain while making changes in the field as well as while batting. He was called the man with a golden arm as he had this knack of picking wickets with his medium-pace bowling. Ganguly scored 11363 runs in the 50-over format.

 Ricky Ponting – seven Man of the Series Awards in 375 matches

Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The former Australian captain Ricky Ponting stood like a rock during challenging situations and his focus seemed unbreakable when he batted. His fearless approach brought positive results for his side. Ponting would take calculated risks while batting and as per match situations.

The right-hander drove the ball effortlessly with his classical timing and found the gaps beautifully with his wristy yet elegant flicks.

Ponting possessed amazing footwork on any sort of wickets. Anything short on the leg side and Ponting was quick to pull the ball away. Ponting won seven Man of the Series awards in 375 matches in the limited-overs format. Ponting showcased great footwork while batting on Indian sub-continent wickets against the spinners.

The Aussie veteran scored 13,378 runs in his ODI career.

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Watch: Salman Butt Smash A Last-Ball Six To Take Falcon Hunters Over The Line

Pakistan’s former opening batsman Salman Butt was at his best in the 3rd match of the ongoing Qatar T10 League at Doha. Falcon Hunters needed five runs off the last ball and Butt was able to smash a six to help his side get over the line with six wickets in hand. The southpaw batsman was able to time the ball to perfection towards the extra cover region.

Munaweera bowled a length ball and he had to pay the price. Butt was awarded the Man of the Match for scoring a fine knock of 39 runs from 27 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes.

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Butt was at his best.

Meanwhile, Falcon Hunters captain Iqbal Hussain won the toss and decided to bowl first. Subsequently, Heat Stormers posted a score of 103 runs in their quota of 10 overs. Dharmang Patel top-scored for the Stormers as he scored an unbeaten knock of 26 runs from 14 balls with the help of one four and two sixes.

Tamoor Sajjad scalped two wickets for Falcon Hunters whereas Saad Bin Zafar and skipper Iqbal Hussain snared one wicket apiece.

On the other hand, Falcon Hunter’s opener Hashim Amla scored 17 runs as they got off to a slow start. Kamran Khan scored 18 runs with the help of two fours and one six.

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Mohammed Rizlan provided the finishing touches as he scored 24 runs from 11 balls with the help of three fours and one six. Meanwhile, Owais Shah took three wickets but his spell went in vain as Falcon Hunters grabbed the nail-biter.

Salman Butt was banned from the game after he was involved in spot-fixing in 2010 in the Lord’s Test. Subsequently, he never could play for Pakistan again. The left-hander scored 1889 in 33 Test matches and 2729 runs in 78 One Day Internationals. He also scored 595 runs in 24 T20Is for Pakistan and also played seven IPL games.

Here is Salman Butt’s last-ball six:

Hashim Amla, Surrey
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Hashim Amla Signs Kolpak Deal For Surrey

The 36-year-old former South African great batsman Hashim Amla is the new Proteas player to sign the Kolpak deal. He has signed the Kolpak deal for the English County cricket club Surrey for the next two seasons.

Just a few weeks ago, it was the speculation that Hashim Amla was going to sign the Kolpak Deal for Surrey. On Tuesday (29th October), Surrey has confirmed this news. This deal will run till 2021 English season.

After playing the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Hashim Amla announced his international cricket retirement last August. While South Africa struggled n that tournament (seventh position), Amla scored 203 runs in seven innings with an average of 40.60. The right-handed batsman hit two half-centuries in that tournament, including the best knock of 80 not out.

Hashim Amla, Surrey
Hashim Amla (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Earlier, Hashim Amla played for Surrey in 2013. In that County Championship season, Amla scored 545 runs in 10 innings with an average of 54.50. He hit one century (151) and four half-centuries in that tournament.

I am very excited to be joining Surrey – Hashim Amla

Former Proteas fast bowler Morne Morkel is already in the Surrey squad as the Kolpak registration player. Now, Amla has joined this squad. Amla is excited to serve in Surrey alongside his friend Morne Morkel.

Hashim Amla said, “Surrey are one of the most established and accomplished cricket clubs in the world and I am very excited to be joining them again while also not forgetting the opportunity to play alongside my good friend Morne Morkel again.”

In his English County cricket career, Hashim Amla has already played for Essex, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Hampshire, along with Surrey.

Hashim Amla played the international cricket from November 2004 to June 2019. He played 124 Tests, 181 ODIs and 44 T20Is where he scored 9,282 runs (average 46.64), 8,113 runs (average 49.46) and 1,277 runs (average 33.60). In his international career, Amla also played for ICC World XI.

Hashim Amla, Surrey
Hashim Amla (Image Credit: Reuters)

Amla is the second-most Test run-scorer and third most international run-scorer for South Africa. He is the only triple-centurion for South Africa in Test cricket history.

Alec Stewart, the director of cricket of Surrey, is feeling very happy with this big signing.

Stewart claimed, “His record speaks for itself and we know from his previous spells here that he will be an excellent resource for all of our players to learn from both on and off the field. With several of our players now in or around the international setup, the opportunity to bring Hashim back to Surrey was too good to ignore.”

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Faf du Plessis. Credits: Photo by Deepak Malik / SPORTZPICS for BCCI

Faf du Plessis Blames Kolpak Deal for South Africa’s low Performance

South Africa is currently under the transition period. Some players have taken rest and some have retired and some have signed Kolpak deal. The inexperienced team, which toured India, had to face defeat against India. They were badly defeated in Indian fields as they were not able to win a Test match. Faf du Plessis shares the reason behind the defeat.

South African players were weak in all the departments. The bowlers were not able to pick wickets which allowed the Indian batters to set big totals. The Proteas batting department lost the wickets at regular intervals. Indian bowlers were dominating the field. First time in Test cricket history, India managed clean sweep to South Africa.

What is the Kolpak Deal? and Why is affecting South African players?

Test captain Faf du Plessis accepted that South Africa needed talented players. He blamed Kolpak deal for South Africa losing the talented players.

Kolpaka deals allow the citizen of the countries which have signed the European Association Agreement can work within the European Union. So according to this, South African players have the right to play for other countries.

Many talented South African players have signed Kolpak deal and they are playing domestic cricket for England. All most 60 players around the county have taken advantage of this deal.

Faf du Plessis names Simon Harmer, who plays county cricket, has played tremendously well in domestic cricket for them.

Simon Harmer, Faf du Plessis
Simon Harmer

“It’s sad for South African cricket not to have the option of their best players. Simon Harmer has had an unbelievable season. And it would be great for South Africa to be in a position where they could go, He’s done well overseas. Let’s bring him on tour with us’,”

“You are missing out on all your best players and your talent pool is all of a sudden a lot smaller. So that’s something that we’ve tried to identify to stop. But it’s been very difficult to stop.”

Big Players are also signing Kolpak deal

Faf du Plessis said that big players who have retired from International cricket are not interested to play domestic cricket for their country. He points out Hashim Amla who is ready to play county cricket for Surrey after signing the Kolpak deal.

He detects that it is a loss for the country if the talented and experienced players leave their country to play under a different tag. Faf du Plessis said that they should set some good example for the young players but they only are choosing a different path.

“Even the guys going there post international cricket, like Hashim Amla, those guys, they won’t be playing domestic cricket back home. So you lose all of that experience, which would have helped the young guys so much.”

Hashim Amla, Kolpak deal
Hashim Amla (Image Credit: Reuters)

“Playing with Hashim Amla is the greatest learning curve that you can get. Playing with Dale Steyn, playing with AB de Villiers, all those guys… so it’s about making sure that you can bridge that gap and finding ways to do it,” Faf du Plessis said.

“Obviously, from a financial point of view, the Pound is stronger than the Rand… But the lesser of those things that there are for players to go overseas, obviously, that that will be much beneficial for cricket in South Africa because at the moment, we’re losing our experience in international cricket.”

Brexit Will benefit South Africa: Faf du Plessis

Faf du Plessis opines that Brexit will help South Africa on a big scale as after which South Africa will be able to pick their players who will perform better. He accepts that in England have more opportunities for domestic cricketers.

“So maybe, post-Brexit, guys will still go and play there, but you can still pick them for your country. Brexit will be one thing that will stop obviously the Kolpak players. So yes that would benefit SA cricket tremendous amounts,” du Plessis said.

“It will still mean that players will go and play there and will just be under a different name tag. Because opportunities are there for players in the domestic circuit in England,” he feared.

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