One of sport’s most-heated rivalries was brought back to boiling point on this day, 18 years ago. India and Pakistan had not taken to the cricket field in a Test against each other in nine years before the nations met in Chennai. A classic contest was to make it worth the wait. The clash see-sawed either way.
First, 18-year-old Shahid Afridi belted 141 to take Pakistan to 275 for 4 – a lead of 263. The tourists seemed poised for a comfortable win, before a late collapse added just eight more runs.
India icon Sachin Tendulkar powered home a stupendous 136 to put the hosts onto 254-6. But once the batting great holed out, Pakistan would race through the tail to earn a dramatic 12-run win.
Farah and his family have been based in the United States for the last six years and his family are there currently while he trains in Ethiopia.
An executive order issued by President Trump banning individuals born in certain countries from entering the States has cast doubt over whether Farah – a British citizen who was born in Somalia – will be able to rejoin his family at the end of the training camp.
The 33-year-old athlete was knighted in the New Year Honours List for his achievements on the track, which include winning the 5,000 metres and 10,000m double at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.
Farah is understood to be trying to establish what effect the ban will have on him as a matter of urgency.