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.
As many as 30 former South African cricketers, including prominent names like Makhaya Ntini, Herschelle Gibbs and Vernon Philander, have given their backing to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, claiming that racism is still very much a part of cricket in the nation.
Retired former South African skipper AB de Villiers has dismissed reports that he has been approached to come out of retirement and lead the national team. This was after a TV channel quoted de Villiers as saying that such an offer has been made to him by the South African cricket board.