It might have been hard to believe then, but those depressing days of the spot-fixing scandal would eventually lead to where Shah and Afridi stand now. Afridi is yet to hit 21, and will lead an attack once spearheaded by the names above it who it still feels sacrilegious to compare him to. Seventeen-year-old Shah likely lies in wait as first-change. They might not have got their opportunities quite so soon, especially if Amir had not retired from Test cricket so prematurely, or even if Asif, lost to the game forever, had gone on to fulfil the promise their talent foreshadowed. … [Read more...] about Will this be the summer of Naseem Shah and Shaheen Afridi?
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Root confirmed that Stuart Broad was a probable starter after his ten-wicket haul in the third Test against West Indies, adding that the team would be keen to select at least one of their two fastest bowlers, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood. And even though the exact balance of the team is still to be confirmed, he added that Stokes could play a role with the ball late in the game even if they took the cautious route initially. … [Read more...] about England wait on Ben Stokes’ bowling fitness after delaying final team
The Indian men's team has been placed in Group C alongside 2016 champions Denmark, Germany and Algeria, while the women's side has been clubbed with 14-time winners China, France and Germany in group D in the draw which was staged at BWF headquarters in Kuala Lumpur on Monday. … [Read more...] about Badminton: India handed relatively easy draw in Thomas and Uber Cup Final
Nick Kyrgios became the latest high-profile player to withdraw because of concerns over the pandemic and the number of Americans who have died from the illness. The 25-year-old followed Australian compatriot, and women's world No 1, Ashleigh Barty in pulling out of the Grand Slam tournament. … [Read more...] about Grigor Dimitrov ‘uncertain’ of making the trip to New York for the US Open