Australia‘s Pakistan-born leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed has been signed up by the Trinbago Knight Riders for the 2018 Caribbean Premier League after Pakistan star leg-spinner Shadab Khan was no longer available for the tournament.
The CPL 2018 will run from August 8 to September 16 with Ahmed set to prove his mettle in the Caribbean.
An experienced leg-spinner, the 36-year-old Ahmed has represented Australia five times in limited-overs cricket and has played T20 cricket for Sydney Thunder and the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League. In all, Ahmed has 35 T20 wickets at an average of 28 and an economy of seven.
Talking about the signing of Ahmed, Venky Mysore, director of TKR, said: “We were hugely disappointed to lose out on Shadab for this year’s tournament but Fawad is a fantastic replacement. As a bowler who can turn the ball both ways we are sure he will be a fantastic addition to the TKR squad for the 2018 season.”
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Pakistan are looking to clinch their ninth consecutive win in the T20 format after defeating Zimbabwe in the tri-series opener on Sunday.
The Aussies are looking to put the 6-0 limited overs sweep by England behind them.
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On the eve of the opening T20 clash at Old Trafford in Manchester, the Indian skipper emphasised the importance of winning crucial moments of play.
“We expect England to come hard at us. We certainly want to play positive cricket. It is going to be an exciting series for sure. We believe we have the side to put up a great fight. If we win the crucial moments then anything can happen on the day,” Kohli said at the pre-series press conference on Monday.
“As I said, in T20 cricket you have to be at your absolute best since the game is so short and you don’t have second chances. But, we are pretty confident as a side,” he added.
Refusing to set any specific targets ahead of the series, Kohli spoke about his desire to continue to lead the team from the front.
'Haven't set myself targets, want team to play good cricket' - #TeamIndia captain @imVkohli stresses on team goals rather than personal milestones before the start of the England tour pic.twitter.com/skPAJFCOp2— BCCI (@BCCI) July 2, 2018
“I am certainly not expecting or putting any targets at such. I just want the team to play good cricket here and I want to be able to lead from the front. That’s always been my mindset since the time I have been captain,” the 29-year-old stated.
“I just want the team to play well and myself to contribute as well, as much as I can. Nothing changes here for me, it is just a set of international matches and the mindset remains the same.”
Both the teams come into the series on the back of some impressive results. While India blew away Ireland in the two T20s, hosts England ran all over Australia by winning all six limited-overs clashes.