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Afghanistan poised to play Pakistan amid Taliban takeover



Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has assured that the three-ODI series against Pakistan will be played in Sri Lanka as planned. 

The board assured that the Taliban’s takeover of the country will not affect plans related to cricket.

The clash between both Asian countries will begin on September 3.

Both teams will have to undergo a three-day quarantine period on arrival in Sri Lanka.

In a recent interview, ACB CEO Hamid Shinwari gave the green signal for the tour.

“Cricket is doing very well. We are going to the office (ACB). The cricket team is preparing for the Pakistan series in Sri Lanka.”

“It is confirmed. We are committed to sending a team to Sri Lanka as soon as possible,” Shinwari said.

“There is a transition going on here in Afghanistan hence there is a vacuum in flight operations and availability is affected. But we will fly out as soon as we find a flight.”

“We have our boys assembled in Kabul and they are preparing for the series.”

In a separate development, Pakistan Wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan has confirmed that senior players of the team will be rested for the short series.

Pakistan is currently in West Indies.

They have lost the first Test by one wicket in a game that turned out to be a nail-biter.

The clash went down to the wire, but the Windies got the 1-0 lead at home.

In the T20Is, Pakistan bagged the series 1-0 as the remaining two matches of the series were washed out.

As for Pakistan’s next Test, they will have to treat Afghanistan as equally dangerous opponents on Sri Lanka’s turf.

Rashid Khan and co have got ample experience under the belt in white-ball cricket.

Several Afghanistan stars have been busy playing franchise cricket across the globe and this has helped them elevate their level.

It is not wrong to say that Afghanistan are the giant killers, a title they would like to carry into the coming ICC T20 World Cup that will take place in the UAE and Oman this year.

How can Pakistan salvage this series?

In this series, Pakistan will have a chance to make up for their recent losses in England in limited-over games.

Players like Shaheen Shah Afridi, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Rizwan and Mohammad Hafeez have been representing the side without any breaks. They are likely to remain on the sidelines against Afghanistan.

This is where youngsters in Pakistan’s team can make hay. Azam Khan and Sohaib Maqsood are likely to be given chances on the tour alongside Arshad Khan.

Arshad rose to fame in the last Pakistan Super League season. He was then added to the team but did not get ample chances to prove himself.

Danish Aziz is another name who might be handed another shot at redemption.

The left-handed batsman has failed to impress at the international stage. Against Afghanistan, Aziz will have a chance to stamp his authority as a permanent all-rounder in the side.

He can play second fiddle to Faheem Ashraf given that he makes it big in Sri Lanka and hammers Afghani bowlers around the park.

Azam Khan has failed to live up to his reputation recently.

He was kept quiet by England bowlers in the recent series and was not allowed to swing his arms in any game. This is his best shot to show what he is capable of.

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Smriti Mandhana and Ellyse Perry star in RCB women’s comeback win against UP Warriorz in WPL 2024




Smriti Mandhana and Alyssa Healy (Source - X)

RCB women overcame UP Warriorz by 23 runs to clinch their third win of the season. The home side outperformed Warriorz in all the facets of the game and emerged victorious. A collective team effort, particularly with the bat, helped RCB women to beat Warriorz for the second time in the season. They now have three wins in their five matches in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy won the toss and opted to field first. Given how things have panned out in the league so far, it needed a great batting performance from RCB to challenge the chasing side. The home side did exactly that. They were full of intent which was lacking in the last few games. Right from the start, S Meghana and Smriti Mandhana smashed the bowlers.

It was the night of the RCB skipper. The Southpaw scored 80(50) in her stay. S Meghana perished after a valuable 28(21). Ellyse Perry batted well and registered her first fifty of the WPL 2024. She was aided well towards the end by Richa Ghosh whose 21(10) propelled RCB to a score of 198 on the board. It was the highest team total in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy’s efforts go in vain

Chasing the daunting total, UP Warriorz were off to a flier. The opening duo of Healy and Kiran Navgire gave a fiery start to the visiting side. When the two were batting in the PP overs, it seemed like the Warriorz could pull off an insane chase. However, Sophie Devine brought RCB back into the game with crucial wickets. At Bengaluru, the home crowd was literally behind the RCB women.

It helped the home side to stay calm and do their job with ease. Sophie Molineux and Asha Sobhana were the pick of the bowlers, who claimed 2/29 each in their spell of four overs. While Healy scored a fifty and Deepti tried her best in the death overs, ten daunting targets could not be chased down. Despite the early hiccups, RCB managed to restrict UP Warriorz to a score of 175 and won by 23 runs.

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WATCH: Ellyse Perry in disbelief as her six breaks car’s window




Ellyse Perry smashed a six in the match against UP Warriorz in the WPL 2024. It was an interesting six as the ball travelled towards the boundary ropes and fell exactly on the window of the car. As a result, the glass of the window was broken. The car is set to be provided as a reward for the player of the tournament.

It was the over of Deepti Sharma towards the last few moments of RCB’s innings. Before Perry struck, the home side was in a great position in the match, thanks to a great start provided by Smriti Mandhana. The star batter scored 80 (50) and shined in front of the home crowd. Her form helped RCB to have a good momentum towards the death overs.

Watch the viral video here –

Perry, who was struggling till that point, opened up and smashed the bowlers for fun. She went hard against the spinners like Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma who were asked to bowl at the death. The right-handed batter smashed back-to-back sixes in the over of Sharma. One of those travelled towards the mid-wicket region where the car was stationed. The video of her shot has gone viral on X.

RCB teammates laugh, Ellyse Perry in disbelief

As the ball fell on the car and damaged the window, the fans erupted. There was no end to the joy of the fans who started chanting “Perry.. Perry..” and lit the atmosphere of the stadium. However, Perry was in disbelief. As she saw the impact of the ball damaging the car’s window, the Australian batter could not believe her eyes and thought about what she had just done.

On the other hand, the RCB teammates of Perry were in awe of the shot. They looked at the replays and appreciated the shot of Perry. At the same time, players like Sophie Molineux and Sophie Devine had a laugh about the car’s window getting damaged. Ellyse scored a fifty and helped her team score 198 runs with her batting in front of the home crowd.

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Praveen Kumar addresses Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer’s negligence of taking part in Ranji Trophy




Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar has given his opinion on the preferences of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer in recent times. The duo did not take part in the Ranji Trophy matches for their respective teams despite being fit. It did not go well with the Indian Cricket Board which landed the duo without a ventral contract which was announced a few days back.

Praveen Kumar has reacted to the issue recently. The former India pacer claimed that he has been of an opinion on the issue for a long time. Praveen felt that one should definitely earn money but not at the cost of neglecting to play for domestic and national teams. The right-arm pacer felt that players today are having a certain mentality which is not good.

The former pacer claimed that the players have a mindset that they can rest for a month before taking part in the IPL, thereby bypassing playing for their national team or the domestic teams. Praveen felt that the players could not resist letting go of money which they could earn by taking part in the IPL and other T20 leagues (For foreign players).

‘Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun’ – Praveen Kumar

“This thing is now firmly in the mind of players. Mai ek mahine pehle rest kar lunga, fir IPL khel lunga. Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun,” said Praveen in the interview. He claimed that youngsters these days are spoilt and are behind money. The former RCB pacer felt that it is not fair on the part of the young players to neglect the country over the IPL.

Kumar felt that a player needs to maintain a balance between playing for the IPL team and for the country. He felt that money is an important factor, but not at the cost of playing for the national team. “But this is not fair at all. A player needs to balance things. Money is important, but this (giving franchise cricket the priority) is wrong,” said the former Indian bowler in the interview.

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