Shahid Afridi is returning to the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) to play for the Jamaica Tallawahs. He has played at the Hero CPL before, with the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in 2015.
This year he will join the likes of Andre Russell, Ross Taylor and Rovman Powell with the Jamaican Franchise.
Looking back at that first appearance at the Hero CPL, Afridi says he thinks he underperformed in 2015.
“I think my first experience was not that good, because I didn’t perform well. But still, I think it’s an honour for me to be part of CPL. I think that atmosphere is very good and whenever I was there with the Pakistan team, I enjoyed. I think the islands are very beautiful.
“St. Lucia where I played a few times for the Pakistan side, is one of my favourite places. So that’s why I love to play there. The atmosphere is very good, the people, they want to see us there as well.”
Afridi says that Twenty20 cricket is vital to spreading cricket around the world and sees it as the future.
“I think with T20 you can introduce cricket anywhere in the world, it’s a short format and I think the people who don’t have enough time to sit in front of the TV or come to the ground to see a whole day.
“I think this is a great entertainment to people who don’t know about cricket – you can show them, you can bring the people for two or three hours and they can learn a lot from this cricket.”
The Tallawahs will be playing three matches in Florida this year, taking on Guyana Amazon Warriors, Trinbago Knight Riders and Barbados Tridents at the Central Broward Regional Stadium in Lauderhill on August 18, 19 and 22. Afridi is looking forward to playing in the USA for the first time.
“Yeah, I heard that we are playing three games in America and I have never played any game in America, but let’s see. I don’t know how is the ground or how the pitch will behave, but I’m very excited to play in America.”
Afridi has done some amazing things with the bat, but he says the Tallawahs have signed a bowler who can do some batting.
“I always consider myself as a bowling all-rounder. I think in batting, I’m not that consistent but in bowling I am very consistent and when I started my cricket, I started as a bowler. So I think I feel good and if you look in to my performance I’m always very consistent with my bowling.”
It came after Afridi had called time on his international career, but the Windies recently visited Pakistan to play T20 Internationals. This was something Afridi was delighted to see and he was full of praise for Cricket West Indies for making it happen.
“I must thank the cricket board, I think they really support us, they really support our cricket. I think they really done a great job especially all the players. Really, it’s a big thing for us because we want to see cricket back in Pakistan and I’m always thankful to them – the way they supported us.”
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Rohit Sharma stepped up to the occasion and smashed an unbeaten 100 to lead India as they chased down England’s total of 199 in the thrilling third and final T20 at Bristol.
During his remarkable innings, in which he smacked 11 boundaries, Sharma crossed the 2,000-run mark in T20Is, becoming just the second Indian to do so, joining Virat Kohli.
India have now won six consecutive T20 series and appear in fine form ahead of their ODI series against England.
Check out Ashish Peter’s takeaways from Sharma’s big night.
Elsewhere, Pakistan sealed their highest successful T20I run-chase with their six-wicket victory over Australia in the tri-series final at Harare on Sunday.
Fakhar Zaman did most of the damage with his 46-ball 91, further backing up his credentials as a big-match player for Pakistan.
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The Brazilian midfielder left the Chinese Super League club to move to the Nou Camp last summer, but after featuring for La Selecao in Russia at the World Cup, he’s now headed the opposite way again.
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The UAE cricket team nearly pulled off an unlikely win against Papua New Guinea on Sunday, but fell as their opposition reached their 84-run target with one ball remaining. To keep their 2020 World Twenty20 qualification hopes alive, the UAE must now beat Bangladesh on Tuesday
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8:40pm – India thump England by seven wickets to clinch T20 series
It was a batting masterclass by opener Rohit Sharma in the T20 decider between England and India as the visitors romped home to a seven-wicket win with eight balls to spare. Chasing 199 for victory, India rode on Rohit’s third T20I ton and an all-round show by Hardik Pandya to complete their highest successful T20 run chase away from home.
Seamer Deepak Chahar was handed his India debut on Sunday. You can read how the debutant fared at Bristol in our in-focus piece here. Read more about how the decider panned out in our talking points from the clash.
8:15pm – MS Dhoni becomes first wicketkeeper to claim 50 T20I catches
India wicketkeeping stalwart MS Dhoni got himself into the record books once again on Sunday during the final T20 clash against England at Bristol. The veteran, playing in his 501th international match, claimed five catches in England’s innings which is the first by any wicketkeeper in the format. In doing so, Dhoni went past 50 catches in T20Is, making him the first player in history to attain the feat.
Read more about Dhoni’s heroics in our full story here.
8:00pm – Glenn Maxwell refuses to shake hands with Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed
There was a slight moment of controversy in Harare today as Pakistan beat Australia by six wickets to clinch the T20 tri-series. At the end of the match, Glenn Maxwell appeared to ignore Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed’s invitation for a handshake.
Watch the video of the controversial moment here and decide for yourself.
6:50pm – England set India a target of 199 to win third T20
Virat Kohli and his India team face a tough chase if they want to win the final game of the T20 series. Jason Roy hit 67 runs as England looked set to cross the 200-run mark. But Hardik Pandya claimed four wickets as England reached 198-9. Don’t miss any of the action in the second innings by following our live scores here.
3:50pm – Fakhar Zaman stars with the bat as Pakistan win T20 Tri-Series final
The opening batsman scored 91 runs as Pakistan defeated Australia by six wickets in the title decider in Harare. Read more on that story here.
3:00pm – Watch Shadab Khan’s magnificent catch against Australia
The Pakistani teenage leg-spinner pulled off one of cricket’s finest catches when he dismissed Alex Carey in the tri-series final against Australia on Sunday. If you missed it, see it for yourself here.
2:00pm – Pakistan set a target of 184 against Australia
Sarfraz Ahmed’s men need 184 runs to beat Australia and clinch the T20 Tri-Series title after D’Arcy Short’s 76 helped the Australians reach 183-8. Follow all the action from Harare with our Live Scores here.
12:00pm – Alex Hales ready to make way for Ben Stokes
The opener played an integral role in England’s victory in the second T20 against India but knows he may have to make way for Ben Stokes should the all-rounder return for today’s series decider. Read more on that story here.