There are sports stories of individuals who braved the odds and come out smiling at the end of what might have appeared an endless ordeal. The entire story of Afghanistan cricket belongs to this genre.
Former skipper Afghan, who holds the record of most T20I wins as captain, announced his decision to retire from all forms of cricket on Saturday night, less than 24 hours after Afghanistan's heartbreaking loss to Pakistan in the previous match.
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The International Cricket Council apologised to ticket holders who could not enter the stadium where the final will also be staged on 14 November.
Chasing 148, Azam scored a composed 51 but he was out in 17th over. With 24 required off last 12 balls, Asif Ali slammed four sixes in penultimate over to take Pakistan home.
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World's top leg-spinner Rashid Khan carried Afghanistan's hopes but by the time he came to bowl Pakistan had put 72 runs on board in 10 overs.
The Babar Azam-led side will certainly go into this contest as favourites but Afghanistan is not a side that can be taken lightly now. A mix of powerful strikers and world-class spinners make them an exciting unit.
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Notwithstanding their controversial build-up, Afghanistan have shown what they are capable of in the two-warm ups that they played in the lead up to the tournament.
Nabi was named captain of the final Afghan squad on 10 October after star all-rounder Rashid Khan declined the role alleging that he was not consulted while selecting the team.
The great West Indian T20 side was made to bite the dust by some spirited Afghans who beat them by 6 runs in a nail-biter in the 2016 World T20.
The top seven batsmen led by England's Dawid Malan maintained their rankings while South African keeper-batter Quinton de Kock is now ranked eighth while West Indies Evin Lewis has dropped a place to be ninth in the list.
Mohammad Nabi has been named Afghanistan skipper for the upcoming T20 World Cup after star spinner Rashid Khan stepped down from captaincy protesting the selection of the national squad without his inputs.
Following the stunning victory of the hardline Islamists, many of the players in cricket-mad Afghanistan's beloved national team are finding it difficult to focus on sport.
Taliban love and support cricket, I don't see game suffering under their rule, says ACB CEO Hamid Shinwari
Cricket's rise in the country coincided with Taliban's rule between 1996 and 2001 with many Afghan refugees in neighbouring Pakistan picking up the sport.
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IPL 2021, Live Cricket Score, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB): RCB have won this coming from the back. They beat SRH by 6 runs. Climb to the top of table. Two wins in two games for them. And two losses in two games for Hyderabad who were ahead in the contest till the 16th over. The second time out of the innings changed everything, for the worse of Hyderabad and for the good of Bangalore. They kept on losing wickets and none of their middle order batsmen showed maturity and nerves to finish the game for the side. Warner must be a upset man.
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PSL 2021: Babar Azam, Mohammad Nabi help Karachi Kings beat Peshawar Zalmi; Quetta Gladiators claim first win
Quetta’s victory after four straight losses ended a 13-match streak of teams successfully chasing down the targets since the tournament began on 20 February.
Afridi returned figures of 3-27, with his bowling reaching speeds of 94 mph (around 150 kph). That helped to restrict Karachi to 186-9 despite half-centuries by Sharjeel Khan (64) and Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi (57).
Northern Warriors produced a clinical bowling show to beat Delhi Bulls by eight wickets in the summit clash and clinch their second title of the Abu Dhabi T10 tournament.