Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir has said that captain Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma will have to shoulder the major responsibility when India face Pakistan in the T20 World Cup later in the year. The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday announced the groups for the Men's T20 World Cup 2021. The event will be held in Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from October 17 to November 14, with BCCI retaining the hosting rights as India were originally scheduled to host the event.
Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has thrown his weight behind the current team despite their 0-3 whitewash in England. Pakistan went into the ODI series as favourites after England had to replace their entire squad days before the series after seven members of the original contingent tested COVID-19 positive. Ben Stokes was named captain for the series, which saw five England debutants in the first one-dayer.
Stand-in England captain Ben Stokes has admitted that he has been surprised at how well a team chosen at the last moment for the ODI series against Pakistan has performed in the first two matches. England were forced to select a whole new team for the one-day series after seven members of the original contingent tested positive for COVID-19.
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has stated that left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir’s decision to retire was his personal choice and so people should not have any problem with it. At the same time, he added that Amir remains one of Pakistan’s best bowlers in the T20 format, and if he is willing to make a comeback, he should definitely be considered for the upcoming T20 World Cups.
Former Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria has lashed out at retired pacer Mohammad Amir, alleging that he is trying to blackmail others with his statements to make a comeback into the team. Amir, who has been constantly critical of PCB, claiming they forced him into early retirement, recently stated that he is hoping to receive British citizenship in the future.
Reacting to Fakhar Zaman’s controversial run-out during Pakistan’s second ODI against South Africa, former pacer Shoaib Akhtar said that Quinton de Kock did not cheat. He, however, added that the wicketkeeper-batsman’s ‘faking’ act was not in the spirit of the game.
Having beaten a strong South African outfit in the first Test in This win was very necessaryin four days, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam described the seven-wicket win as very important for the team. Pakistan were coming off a 0-2 in New Zealand in the absence of Azam, and were under extreme pressure going into the Test series against South Africa. Head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis too had come in for heavy criticism in the build up to the South Africa series.
Rated as one of the best batsmen across formats in the world at present, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, who was recently handed over the captaincy of the team in all formats, explained that watching former Pakistan batsman Mohammed Yousuf gave him great enjoyment, and that he idolises the legend.