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Match 24: Afghanistan vs Pakistan, Dubai

Fantasy XI: Mohammad Rizwan (vice-capt), Babar Azam, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Fakhar Zaman, Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Shaheen Shah Afridi (capt), Haris Rauf

Captain: Shaheen Shah Afridi
He has taken 18 wickets in his last nine T20s in Dubai, the same venue where he got three wickets against India in the ongoing World Cup.
Vice-captain: Mohammad Rizwan
His last seven scores for Pakistan in T20Is read 91*, 63, 37, 76*, 46, 79* and 33.
Babar Azam: His scores for Pakistan in Dubai include 55*, 19, 45, 50, 40, 79 and 68*.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz: He has been Afghanistan’s leading run-scorer in the format since his T20I debut in 2019, with 492 runs in 14 innings at a strike rate of 141.78.
Fakhar Zaman: He has been in good form, recording scores of 52* (28) and 46* (24) in the two warm-up games ahead of the T20 World Cup.
Hazratullah Zazai: In PSL 2021, he scored 212 runs in five games at a strike rate of 185.96, with three half-centuries. His last two scores for Afghanistan are 44 (30) and 56 (35).
Mohammad Hafeez: Since the start of 2020, he has been in solid form with the bat, scoring 532 runs in 18 innings at an average of 35.47 and at a strike rate of 143.40.
Shadab Khan: He has taken 14 wickets with an economy rate of 6.28 in his last ten appearances in Dubai.
Rashid Khan: He has been a standout bowler for Afghanistan in T20 World Cups, taking 15 wickets in eight outings.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman: He put in a Player-of-the-Match performance in the last game where he became the first Afghanistan player to take a five-wicket haul in World Cups, bagging 5 for 20 against Scotland.
Haris Rauf: He has not gone wicketless in his last eight outings for Pakistan, picking up 14 wickets during this period.



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The clash of the allrounders will be a closely watched head-to-head but there still needs to patience with Green



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SJN report – Another delay as CSA ombudsman asks for week’s extension

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“We will have a board meeting soon after we receive the report and then we will release it publicly,” CSA acting CEO Pholetsi Moseki

CSA’s Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) report will be delivered to the organisation a week later than scheduled, with the ombudsman, Dumisa Ntsebeza, requesting an extension to the revised November 30 deadline. The report will now be sent to the board on December 6.

Pholetsi Moseki, the CSA acting chief executive, confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that the report would be made public after the board has spent time deliberating on its contents: “We will have a board meeting soon after we receive the report and then we will release it publicly.”

The report will contain recommendations made by Ntsebeza on issues relating to discrimination in South African cricket, and is expected to cover issues around the culture in the national teams, selection, match fees, and the grassroots.

CSA is not obligated to implement any of Ntsebeza’s suggestions, but is likely to act on at least some of them.

This is the second time the report has been delayed after it was initially expected to be completed by September 30. The deadline had to be extended after several parties that were implicated in the first phase of testimonies between July 5 and August 6 requested for time to compile their replies, which was granted.
The second phase of testimonies was held in October and included responses by current head coach Mark Boucher, director of cricket Graeme Smith, and former men’s captain AB de Villiers. All three submitted written affidavits and did not appear before the SJN to give oral evidence, and only Boucher’s statement has been made public so far.
Although Ntsebeza had previously indicated that the process could do with more time, it has already run for most of 2021 after the first call for submissions was put out at the end of April. It is believed that CSA had budgeted Rand 5 million (US$ 350,000 approx) for the project but the amount has gone up because of the extensions. The costs have come at a time when CSA is waiting to see if its coffers will be filled by an India tour, scheduled to begin in mid-December but in doubt because of the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant in southern Africa.

South Africa’s men’s team is also due to play New Zealand (away) and Bangladesh (at home) this summer, while the women’s team is scheduled to host West Indies before the Women’s World Cup.

Last week, CSA confirmed that all national teams would continue to take a knee before each match this season to show solidarity with the fight against racism.



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After failed bids to acquire an IPL franchise, the Glazers have made their first formal foray into cricket

Manchester United Football Club’s American owner, Lancer Capital, has made its first foray into cricket by acquiring a franchise in the soon-to-be-launched UAE T20 League. The update came a week after Reliance Industries, the owner of Mumbai Indians in the IPL, also announced their investment in the league through a franchise ownership.

“I am very excited to be a part of UAE T20 at its formation,” Avram Glazer, chairman of Lancer Capital, said in a statement. “UAE T20 promises to be a world class event that will be transformative to the growth of cricket in the Emirates.”

Last month, Lancer Capitals was among the final shortlisted bidders for the two new IPL franchises, eventually losing out to RPSG Group and CVC Capital, the groups that acquired the Lucknow and Ahmedabad franchises respectively.

Out of the nine bids, Lancer Capital had posted the lowest bid at INR 4128.65 crore (US$ 551 million approx.) for the Ahmedabad franchise, and INR 4023 crore (US$ 537 million approx.) for the Lucknow franchise.

The latest investment adds to the company’s portfolio in the sporting world: the Glazer family also owns Super Bowl champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“I am very excited to welcome Mr. Glazer to the UAE T20 Family,” Khalid Al Zarooni, UAE T20 League chairman, said. “To have a partner who has invested into sports properties with a long term investment perspective is a testament to the strength of the UAE T20 League’s Business Model and its value proposition to its stakeholders and an ode to the UAE as the destination of choice for global sports events.”

The owners of the Knight Riders T20 teams are also understood to be “on-board” to own one of the teams in the UAE event. Capri Global, which also made a failed bid for the two new IPL franchises, Big Bash League’s Sydney Sixers, and Kiran Kumar Grandhi, a co-owner of Delhi Capitals, are believed to be among the other interested parties.

The six-team league has been sanctioned by the Emirates Cricket Board and is looking to make room for itself in the January-February window, although its inaugural edition in 2022 is likely to be played in February-March.



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