Pakistan teenager Shaheen Shah Afridi itching to leave his mark in T20I series against Scotland

Waseem Ahmed 10/06/2018
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Shaheen (L) is delighted to be retained in the Pakistan T20I squad.

Young Pakistan pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi is eager to make his mark in the upcoming T20I series against Scotland after a promising start to his international career.

The 18-year-old left-armer is the latest product from Pakistan’s impressive assembly line for pace bowlers and will be one to keep an eye on when Pakistan play Scotland in two T20Is in Edinburgh.

“I’m happy about being able retain my place in the Pakistan side and want to perform well in the upcoming series against Scotland,” the youngster said in an interview with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

The teenager was handed his T20I debut for Pakistan in April this year in a clash against the West Indies after impressing in the ICC U19 World Cup in New Zealand.

Afridi had risen to prominence in the ICC U19 World Cup.

Afridi had risen to prominence in the ICC U19 World Cup.

Though Shaheen went wicket-less in the clash at Karachi, he was highly impressive and conceded just 27 runs from his four overs.

That performance was enough to convince the selectors to retain him in the T20I squad for the Scotland series.

Currently in Edinburgh, the young pacer was feeling confident about Pakistan’s preparations for the series.

“We came here a bit early to adapt to conditions and we are training extensively to improve in all departments of the game,” he stated.

Having enjoyed a meteoric rise so far, Shaheen also had some words of advice for youngsters looking to make it big.

“As a youngster, I’m proud to represent the Pakistan team. In order to get a chance to represent Pakistan and succeed as a cricketer, young players must consistently work hard,” he said.

The two T20Is between Scotland and Pakistan will take place on June 12 and 13 respectively.

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Suspended David Warner to turn commentator for Australia's ODI series against England

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Warner is all set to don the commentator's hat for the first time.

David Warner is all set to take up commentating duties during the upcoming ODI series between England and Australia.

Australia’s Channel Nine network announced on Saturday that Warner will be part of the commentary team for the England series with the suspended cricketer set to take over microphone duties from the second ODI.

The 31-year-old former  vice-captain was handed a 12-month suspension from international and domestic cricket by Cricket Australia along with then skipper Steve Smith for his role in the ball-tampering saga which took place on the tour of South Africa.

Only recently, Warner and Smith were confirmed to take part in the inaugural Global T20 Canada which is set to get under way at the end of June.

“Dave is the best one-day and T20 batsman of the past decade so he’s perfectly placed to join our coverage for the UK series,” Channel Nine‘s director of sport Tom Malone said after the announcement.

Smith and Warner were earlier confirmed to play in the Global T20 league.

Smith and Warner were earlier confirmed to play in the Global T20 league.

“People have tried to paint Dave as the villain in all this, but he’s been hurting as much as the others.

“We’ve had a professional relationship with Dave for five years now. We’ve always found him to be a pretty normal and humble bloke. He just wants to atone for his mistakes and move on – I hope Australia gives all of them that chance.”

England and Australia will play five ODIs with the fist getting under way on June 13. Australia’s short limited-overs tour of the country will culminate with a one-off T20I at Edgbaston on June 27.

The England tour is the first assignment for new Australia coach Justin Langer since he took over the role vacated by Darren Lehmann in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal. Wicket-keeper Tim Paine has been designated to lead the limited-overs outfit.

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Sri Lanka in trouble as they chase 453 in Port of Spain Test

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Sri Lanka had their backs to the wall as they lost an early wicket and saw their captain falling ill before reaching tea at 65 for one on Saturday chasing 453 for victory against the West Indies.

The hosts ended their innings soon after lunch at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad. Kieran Powell top-score with 88 before captain Jason Holder declared the innings at 223 for seven.

Thereafter, fast bowler Shannon Gabriel struck early when Kusal Perera attempted to play a full delivery to the on-side but got a thick edge to Devon Smith at first slip.

The Windies could have had another wicket but Holder refused to review a not out verdict to an appeal for a catch of opener Kusal Mendis by keeper Shane Dowrich off Gabriel. Replays showed the batsman got a faint edge.

Captain Dinesh Chandimal then suddenly went down on his knees feeling unwell, forcing Angelo Mathews to bat earlier than expected.

After some medical attention, Chandimal left the field leaving Mathews in the company of Mendis.

Earlier, the focus was on Powell as he approached a fourth Test century. Pacer Lahiru Kumara trapped Dowrich lbw for his seventh wicket of the match.

Thereafter Holder added 42 for the sixth wicket with Powell but that stand got broken when Powell failed to get to the pitch of an attempted flick off spinner Dilruwan Perera and substitute fielder Jeffrey Vandersay took a diving catch at midwicket.

Holder fell lbw for 39 attempting a reverse sweep against Rangana Herath.

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