Nottinghamshire wicket-keeper Tom Moores is developing quite the reputation in the English County Division One Championship.
The 21-year-old’s stunning catching behind the stumps in Nottinghamshire’s clash with Yorkshire has found himself a fan in Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.
Although Yorkshire won the match ultimately by a margin of 164 runs, Moore’s acrobatics behind the stumps managed to grab eyeballs.
The official Twitter account of the County Championship had posted a video on Sunday showing two exceptional reflex catches by the young wicket-keeper.
— County Championship (@CountyChamp) April 22, 2018
The post had compared Moore’s reflexes to that of the Manchester United shot-stopper.
The post caught the attention of the Spanish No.1 who applauded Moore’s heroics on Tuesday.
— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) April 24, 2018
The Sussex-born youngster has represented England at the U-19 level before signing a two-year professional deal with Nottinghamshire in 2016. He has played nine first-class matches so far in his young and fledging career.
Judging by the video, Moore’s could very well go on to become a future England international.
Within minutes of De Gea commenting on the video, the Spaniard’s social media had been inundated with queries about whether he would consider a career in the Indian Premier League (IPL) after he hangs up his football boots.
The fast bowling spearhead was not able to depart with the rest of the team due to troubles in obtaining a visa.
“Amir could not travel with the team. There’s some procedural issue which I hope will be resolved by Wednesday,” Pakistan Cricket Board spokesman Amjad Bhatti told reporters on Monday as the team departed for London.
It was however confirmed by the PCB on Tuesday that the pacer had been granted a UK visa. Amir will now be travelling to London on Wednesday to join up with the rest of his team-mates.
Mohammad Amir has received his UK visa and will join the Pakistan squad on Wednesday #Cricket
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) April 23, 2018
Amir has previously had troubles in obtaining a UK visa during Pakistan’s tour of England in 2016. That time, the PCB sought the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) help in resolving the matter.
Pakistan Team arrive at Gatwick Airport, London pic.twitter.com/o7zqcgmKRR
— PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) April 23, 2018
The Pakistan star served a five-year ban from cricket after his involvement in the spot-fixing saga of 2010 during the tour of England.
The Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan team are set to become Ireland’s first-ever Test opponents when the two sides meet for a one-off Test in Dublin on May 11. The squad will then return to England for a two-Test series before finishing the tour of the UK with two T20Is against Scotland.
The subcontinent side will be playing two warm-up matches against Kent and Northampton before they jet-off to Ireland for the sole Test. The match against Kent at Canterbury will get underway on Saturday with Amir expected to be a part of the squad.
The PCB supremo is currently in Kolkata to attend an ICC meeting and has laid the ball once again in the BCCI’s court when speaking about the possibility of the future bilateral tours.
“Firstly, the two sides need to play each other for the sake of the people of the sub-continent. Secondly, the ball is in the BCCI’s court. That’s it. We hope sooner than later better sense will prevail and the two sides can get back to playing good cricket again,” Sethi was quoted as saying the PTI (Press Trust of India).
“My sense is that all this is a melting pot and at some stage or the other, we will have to have a good resolution,” he added.
Cricketing ties between the two neighbouring countries has been restricted to multi-team competitions with the Indian government not in favour of holding any bilateral series between the teams.
The Pakistan cricketing body had recently demanded a compensation of $70 million from the BCCI for its inability to honour the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two boards in 2014 which called for the holding of six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023.
An ICC appointed three-member tribunal is expected to hear the matter in October.
This is the first time in two years that a PCB official has visited India. Sethi also urged the Indian media to push for the resumption of cricketing ties between the two arch-rivals.
“I’m just surprised that there’s not sufficient media pressure here in India for resumption of cricketing ties between India and Pakistan. I am sure the people of the two countries want to see cricket between the two countries. There’s a lot of goodwill on both sides so let’s hope that the issue can be resolved in the interest of the fans. There’s no rough weather between the two Boards. There’s no problem at all,” he said.
The five-day ICC meeting got underway on Sunday and matters related to player behavior and cheating along with the extension of ICC chairman Sashank Manohar’s tenure are expected to be discussed in the meeting.