The all-rounder struck an unbeaten 26 after only facing 13 deliveries in an innings which includes three sixes and a four. That helped the Darren Sammy’s led-side register a total of 169 in their 20 overs on Saturday night.
But Royals, captained by former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi, chased down that total with five overs to spare after big scores from Andre Fletcher (68no), Luke Ronchi (47) and Agha Salman (38).
Naveed went wicketless in the game after figures of 0-21 but the 31-year-old was happy to have shown his new team-mates that he’s capable of batting too even though the effort came in a losing cause.
“The loss is hard to take but I was quite happy with my batting,” he said. “I am always expected to do well in bowling but when there are world-class players featuring it can be hard. But I will try and continue to do as much as I can every day.”
Naveed was the only UAE international to feature in the game. His Nationals’ team-mate Rohan Mustafa and Royals’ Ahmed Raza and Shaiman Anwar are yet to play in the competition.
Raza and Anwar will be hoping to make the team for the team’s next game on Monday night when Nationals take on Winnipeg Hawks on Tuesday.
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3:45pm – Deepak Chahar replaces injured Jasprit Bumrah for England T20s
The BCCI has confirmed that Deepak Chahar will replace the injured Jasprit Bumrah for India’s upcoming T20I series against England. Bumrah had injured his right thumb during the first T20 against Ireland at Dublin and he will now be replaced by the Rajasthan pacer who impressed for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL.
Meanwhile, Krunal Pandya and Axar Patel have been named as the replacements for the injured Washington Sundar. The former will replace the spinning all-rounder in the T20I series while the latter will do so in the ODI series. Read more on this breaking story here.
3:30pm – Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 74 runs in T20 tri-series opener
Pakistan have recorded a thumping 74-run over hosts Zimbabwe in the first match of the T20I tri-series also involving Australia.
After putting on 182-4 on the board after being asked to bat first, Pakistan bowled out the hosts for just 108 runs inside 18 overs at Harare to start their tour of the African nation with a big win. Read more about Pakistan’s big win in our talking points from the clash.
Also, Shoaib Malik wrote himself into the record books during his unbeaten cameo of 37 runs. Read more about the Pakistan veteran’s record-breaking feat here.
1:45pm – Cameron Bancroft scores just one run on his cricket return
The 25-year-old Australian didn’t have the best of starts on his cricket return after scoring just one run on Sunday. Read more on that story here.
1:30pm – Pakistan set Zimbabwe a target of 183 runs in T20 tri-series opener
At Harare, Pakistan’s innings has drawn to a close with Sarfraz Ahmed’s men posting 182-4 in the T20I tri-series opener after being made to bat first by Zimbabwe skipper Hamilton Masakazda. Fakhar Zaman top-scored for the visitors with a 41-ball 61 while Shoaib Malik (37 not out) and Asif Ali (41 not out) provided the big blows in the death overs.
Zimbabwe’s chase of 183 will get underway in a few minutes. Do not miss any of the action by following the live ball-by-ball updates here.
11:00am – Krunal Pandya likely to replace Washington Sundar in India squad
According to reports, Krunal Pandya is likely to be the man to come in for Washington Sundar, who is reportedly ruled out of the T20 series against England. The BCCI have not yet made an official confirmation but Sundar looks set to join Jasprit Bumrah on the sidelines. Read more on that story here.
Abu Dhabi Cricket (ADC), with the full support of Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC), will host the inaugural Abu Dhabi T20 Trophy in October, featuring established teams from Asia, Australia, South Africa and England in action over three days at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
Yorkshire Vikings of England, Afghanistan’s Boost Defenders, Big Bash League Hobart Hurricanes, Pakistan Super League’s Lahore Qalandars and South Africa’s most successful T20 outfit Multiply Titans are all set to compete from October 4 to 6. One more franchise will be announced at a later date.
Blistering batsman Gayle is set to feature for The Boost Defenders, while Shah is part of the Qalandars’ squad. South African veteran Morkel will be leading the Titans while England pace ace Tymal Mills will don Hobart Hurricanes’ shirt.
It is the most high profile tournament on ADC’s calendar so far and Matthew Boucher, their acting CEO, said: “We wanted to set ourselves apart from the rest of the world and offer a different product, without creating another franchise-led league.
“It’s an absolute honour to see the best of the best from around the world’s established teams gather in Abu Dhabi to offer fans an experience that does not currently exist anywhere else.
“We are very grateful to all the teams and their management for backing this initiative and getting on board.”
The tournament has the support of the Emirates Cricket Board and the ICC. ECB CEO David East believes it will be one to remember.
“All the ingredients are there,” he said. “The ever-improving facilities, the fan base, the support of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and ADC’s proven organisational expertise in world-class events all set the scene for a wonderful event which we hope to see expand annually.”
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For Multiply Titans CEO Dr Jacques Faul, he believes the Abu Dhabi T20 will be a great tournament to test themselves against international opposition.
“The Titans are very excited to be involved in this ground-breaking T20 tournament. Having dominated our domestic T20 league for the last few seasons, it’s fantastic to have an international platform to assess where we are at as a franchise,” he said. “There has been a vacuum in this regard, ever since the Champions League tournament fell away.
“When you look at the calibre of teams from around the world, it’s shaping up to be a fantastic event to be a part of. Abu Dhabi has certainly ramped up its cricketing landscape, and it is important to us as a franchise to take the Titans brand around the world. We’re honoured to have been recognised as a marquee franchise to play in this inaugural event which we hope will be an annual gathering.”