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Mohebullah Archiwal, Afghanistan’s Shahid Afridi, promoting cricket as a weapon of peace

Mohebullah Archiwal was born in war-torn Afghanistan and, according to Jarrod Kimber write for ESPNcricinfo’s, “Archie” was simply fascinated by the battle between bat and ball. In the country that constantly threatens the Taliban who relinquishes fascination, cricket is a luxury. But that did little to intimidate the boy who had to face the wrath of a Taliban patrol officer simply because he heard Aamir Sohail and Saeed Anwar who took India at will during the 1996 World Cup. Radio was broken and instantly he did not hear listen to Venkatesh Prasad destroy the wood of Sohail and a few million hearts in Pakistan later in the day.

Despite threats, lack of equipment and fear of being exploited, the game of knights prevailed Marawara village in the province of Kunar, where Archie comes into play. Rudimentary objects that resembled a bat and wrapped around a round object to tell him a ball, Archie wanted to play and promote cricket. What looked like a field was actually a wheat farm leased to one of the locals, but it would not be a permanent solution. The Taliban also began putting improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in their “stadiums.” Normally, to check these items before the start of a game, Archie simply could not be prevented from playing cricket in a bold way.

After all, he idolized Shahid Afridi and the extravagance of the former captain of Pakistan simply heightened his spirits. The unstable and dazzling nature of Afridi to counter the opposition has attracted millions of fans around the world, including Archie.Archie joined the US Army as a translator, invited officials to play cricket with the local children and tried to pump money in their home village after countries like India, Germany and America invested in Afghan cricket. According to Archie, he was called to a selection to represent his nation, where the selectors had asked him for money in return. A quick refusal to fall on the line meant he was excluded.

However, it has never been on the back foot. He had a special taste for his cousin Farman, who, according to the people, was as distempered and fearful as Archie. In the absence of a friend, Farman would soon be the one who would deliver his love letters, stumble and so on. But the association failed for a long time. The Taliban was successful. It was such a fateful morning that Archie had not checked the FDI at his house and just when Farman left, Kick erased everything that was his cousin, but a finger. The damage was irreparable. His services in the United States helped him apply for a special immigrant visa and, unlike most, had to wait six months before approval.

Archie Currently lives and works on Kansas International Rescue Committee during the day and goes around schools, churches and surrounding communities to spread the word about cricket with some Edward Fox who has a small cricket field. However, he did not live the dream of A American yet. The harsh reality still saves him money and sent him back to Marawara where he wants to build a cricket ground. He has little contact with his family at home, but he simply wants them to embrace the game of knights and live happily.

Australia unlikely to tour Pakistan any time soon, says James Sutherland

Pakistan may have celebrated the “return of cricket” in their country after successfully organizing the first two games of their three-game series against the International Cricket Council (ICC) World International XI, but there is still much to do equipment to shoot. Zimbabwe had visited Pakistan amid strong security in 2015 and Lahore became a stronghold for the current Independence Cup, which is currently at 1-1 with one more game left. Lanka for a T20I later this year, but with regard to Australia, the chance of their travel team is not considered at this time.

It is interesting to note that up to three Australians – former captain George Bailey, Tim Paine and Ben Cutting – are in the ICC World XI squad, whose participation marks the return of cricket in Pakistan. Even if Australia and Pakistan do not have to play in the next year and a half – with the Asian team playing a full series last summer Down Under – Australia hopes that the next series will be played in the United Arab Emirates. Certainly from Pakistan’s point of view, I really hope they can get into a situation where they can welcome international cricket again on a more regular basis, “said James Sutherland, CEO of Cricket Australia (CA), quoted by The Canberra Times.

“At the same time, we will take a cautious cautious approach to safety, and we will not compromise the safety and security of our employees.” We only consider security issues in a country when we have to go. And when this country advises us the privileged place to welcome us. We will cross this bridge when we get there, “said Sutherland.Mr. Nashland confirmed that Australia was waiting for their next round against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).” I have no indication that they are looking to play matches against us in Pakistan I hope they are in the United Arab Emirates. “

Preity Zinta believes Twenty20 leagues are the future of cricket

Preity Zinta believes that Twenty20 leagues around the world have the potential to eclipse international cricket as the shorter format of the game continues to attract new fans. The Bollywood actress and businesswoman co-own the India Premier League (IPL) Kings XI Punjab and has now extended its cricket empire to include Stellenbosch Kings in the new South African T20 League from November 3 to 3. The 16 tournament is the latest in a growing circuit that already includes series in India, Australia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Caribbean. Preite Zinta believes that the growth of these leagues could exceed the interest and investment in international cricket. “The way the format is and the way the leagues are structured, I think in the near future you will see the league cricket takes over, “Zinta told reporters.

“If you look at other sports like football, of course, the sport of the field is there and it is very important, but it is the league sport that is recovering at some point.” The IPL signed a five-year television deal worth $ 2.55 billion earlier this month, five times more per season than the original 10-year contract. The Zinta press sees this as a sign that the format’s popularity attracts nontraditional cricket fans and hopes this trend will continue in all leagues. “The T20 format is a very adaptable format for the world,” he said. “My husband is an American and a baseball fan, but after five years of IPL he is now a cricket fan, a format that is very adaptable to different cultures.

“When the IPL started in India, many people said:” Why you sign up, this is already the number one sport in the country. It’s so saturated, there’s no growth, what’s going to be different? “But I said,” This is number one (sport), but I do not look at it, many women do not look at it, families do not look at it. Only hard-core cricket fans see it. ‘ We wanted an event that could have everything there and everyone could see. “She says the increasingly common attention lately by the fans makes the T20 cricket a favorite in the five-day tests and the game 50 times.

“The content has become manual, people have the appetite to see a T20 game because it’s three hours, it’s a lot of action and it’s very sporty.” It has evolved into cricket with great value and speed of entertainment. “But there are still a lot more fans that we can capture.It’s an experience (being in a game.) It will surely take more and more, and certainly not yet where it should be. “Zinta’s purchase of the T20 World League team follows that of two other IPL owners.

Actor Shah Rukh Khan, owner of Knights Kolkata Knight Riders at IPL and Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean, now owns the Knights of Cape Town in South Africa. The GMR Group of India, which owns the Daredevils of Delhi in the IPL, also bought the South African side Jo ‘burg Giants.

Virat Kohli turns down multi-crore sponsorship deal. Here’s why

Virat Kohli’s strict fitness regime has led to drastic changes in the team, as his work ethic and his insistence on being at the top of his physical condition have responded to others. Kohli, whose personal game largely depends on the blows played on the floor and accumulating flowing with strong and fast as well as double singles, even pushed some of his teammates to the brink of exhaustion, ask Kedar Jadhav.

Under Kohli’s captain, fitness tests for those attempting to return to the side have become more severe. Virat Kohli had already told The Hindu that he would never ask his players to do something he can not do first and that he stays in line with his belief, the Indian captain has now rejected a multi-crore offer to promote a drink gassed

“First I’m convinced that I can do it and only then do I ask my teammates to go,” said Kohli. “If I’m not going to consume such things, I’m not going to invite others to consume, just because I’m throwing money in. When I started my fitness adjustment, it was before it’s all a matter of lifestyle.

“If something goes away from that, I do not want to be part of it or promote it,” Kohli said in an earlier interview. Kohli attributes the drastic change he has undergone with the help and guidance of Shankar Basu, with whom he worked on the configuration of the Indian team and the franchise Indian Premier League (IPL) Royal Challengers Bangalore.

In an interview with last year, Basu revealed the strictness of Virat Kohli about his work ethic in the gym and his diet chart. “Virat will never question him once he is convinced of his methods.” I found an athlete who was ready to go through grinding and to work consistently whenever needed. good with your nutrition plans and discipline factors.

He also made many changes in his lifestyle. Congratulations to him. “There are many players in the Indian team who are looking for excellence and Virat Kohli is the first driver. It is just the tip of the iceberg, there is much more to come.

“Virat is an excellent model in terms of approaching his game, lifestyle, nutrition and training, inspiring many people around him, making my job much easier because it motivates others while I am forced to do my job “he added.

Shikhar Dhawan absence gives Australian cricket team advantage: Ashton Agar

Australia began its 48-hour mentality games ahead of the ODI series marches on the Indian side claiming an advantage after Shikhar Dhawan left the first three games for personal reasons. (INDIA’S COMPLETE COVERAGE AGAINST AUSTRALIA)

With two centuries against Australia and an average of 44.71, Shikhar Dhawan is expected to propel India early in debut with its longtime partner ODI Rohit Sharma. “Shikhar is in good shape, so he does not play is positive for us,” Ashton Agar told a news conference in Chennai on Friday.

The withdrawal of Shikhar Dhawan left the Indian team management thinking of last minute changes to what was considered a higher order. This also means that India had Axar Patel as the only recognized left hitter, which makes the Australian bowling strategy a bit easier.

“Yes, he (left-right combination) can make things difficult, in which case the balloons swing in a particular direction, making it difficult for the Shikhar field team.) It is an advantage for us, we have to go for the best and see what combination they have established, “said Agar.

MA Chidambaram step in the warm-up game earlier this week has helped the spinners, but it remains to be seen if Australia will put two clues in the first ODI. Hagar was insecure. “It all depends on the wicket Adam (Zampa) is obviously the first spinner on the team and really upset in these conditions in the IPL and previous rounds.

It’s clear that it will start, “said Agar, adding,” If the wicket stays (good), I think there might be a chance (for me). “Ashton Agar said that the Zampa and Yuzvendra Chahal spinning spinners could have an impact on this series since they should not depend on the terrain to extract the return.

“These are truly valuable assets, they can turn the ball around, and when it’s a night, it’s hard to pick the wrong one, they’re really good players and they’re exciting options for the team, they can be difficult to get out of,” he said.

Peter Handscomb added to Australia squad in India as cover for Aaron Finch

Peter Handscomb was transported to India as a blanket to open drummer Aaron Finch after the latter had worsened his calf injury during training in Chennai. Aaron Finch was excluded from the start of the game – possibly for the first three contests – of the five-game ODI series starting Sunday.

According to, Aaron Finch will stay with the Australian team in India, as tourists hope they can participate in the series at some point. Finch suffered a calf injury about six weeks ago in England for the Surrey team.

Analysis of Finch’s calf revealed that he will miss the start of the five-game ODI series starting Sunday in Chennai, followed by a series of three T20I games. The injury had kept Finch away from the only warm-up match on this tour as well.

Peter Handscomb arrived in Melbourne on the Australian Bangladesh tour for a two-round series recently and will head to India on Saturday to be available for his pick in the first ODI should be played on Sunday.

Australian team Alex physionien Kountouris said: “Aaron has again aggravated the pre-existing calf injury during the warm-up, during training yesterday I had analyzed in Chennai and although we believe it. It is not a serious recurrence, it will not be available for the first one-day games here in India and will stay with the team while we evaluate the injury and set their return to meet deadlines. ”

Finch had a rich experience playing Cricket Limited in India which also includes his IPL experience for teams like Delhi, Mumbai Rash Indians, Hyderabad Sunrisers, Rajasthan Royals and Pune Warriors India. He played a total of 14 ODIs against India, six of which were out of the games.

Peter Handscomb made his ODI debut for Australia against Pakistan in Perth earlier this year, scoring 82. He was also part of the exhausted Australian national team sent to New Zealand for the ODI series, which also holds in two games.

Although batter Hilton Cartwright played the prep game instead of Finch, and made the announcement about the addition of Handscomb, Australia had reported that Travis Head would occupy the No. 4 position.

In the absence of regular bus coach Darren Lehmann David Saker confirmed that there are some days when the head was hit at No. 4. The head can also be a handy turner for visitors.

“I hope he can do it, he just seems to be getting better every time he plays for Australia, which is really positive.” His training ethic is as good as he would be, so it’s a good reward for him, “Saker said before Peter Handscomb was added to the ODI team.