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1 hour ago, vvvslaxman said:

I thouht they moved him to A+ category. Pujara that is.

Not fair as he gets more Louzy after becoming new daddy


He not have test career only he is captain sometime in limited over matches

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Vijay batted like hack and right fully replaced by Shaw and Agarwal. Was obvious he would lose a contract. Nothing shocking in it.


Axar Patel is a lesser spinner than Yadav and Chahal. His removal from central contracts is also justified.

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Afghanistan vs Ireland, Only Test -  

START TIME9:30 AM4:00 AM GMT9:30


Boyd Rankin knows what's it like to play in an Ashes Test in front of a packed stadium. He's felt the sinking feeling after a massive Test defeat. Kevin O'Brien knows what's it like score a Test century. He's been in that moment where his efforts over five days haven't been enough to prevent a loss, despite his side doing everything they could. Rashid Khan, the champion bowler in limited-overs cricket, realises Test cricket can be unforgiving. Mohammad Nabi understands the pain of a Test duck.

Players from both Ireland and Afghanistan have gone through the grind of Test cricket. Ireland went through the ebbs and flows of the longest format, kept Pakistan in check for a while before it all came crashing down on the final day. Afghanistan were handed some harsh lessons from India as their Test jamboree lasted only two days. Both sides have had time to reflect on their defeats and work on their errors. When the players walk on the opening day of the one-off Test in Dehradun, only a win will soothe the pain they had to go through in their maiden Test.

As the cricket world is getting used to teams winning away, Ireland come into the game with a massive opportunity to make a statement. Afghanistan have several things favouring them and a win for Ireland will go a long way in ensuring Test cricket too becomes a priority for the generations to follow. If they go on to win in Dehradun, it'll be considered the starting point where their Test history started taking shape.

Afghanistan are a mean machine in Indian conditions. The visitors found that out in the T20I series but their series-levelling effort in the ODIs should hold them in good stead. The usual suspects are again likely to haunt Ireland and the one-off Test will be a thorough Test of their temperament. If Ireland can find a way to keep Rashid at bay, they could find themselves in a position to dominate.

While bowling is certainly Afghanistan's stronger suit, their batting could well be their Achilles heel. The onus will be on the batsmen to give the bowlers the much-needed cushion of runs before the spinners can come into their own. On the batting front, Asghar Afghan and Mohammad Nabi will hold the key for the hosts as the contest could well be about Afghanistan's spinners vs the Irish batsmen. They also have two surprise packages in Waqar Salamkheil and Zahir Khan. The left-arm wrist spin duo have a fantastic record in first-class cricket - averaging 21.46 and 13.14 - with 56 wickets (in seven games) and 34 wickets (in seven games) in their bags respectively.

The challenge for both Ireland and Afghanistan will how well they adapt to the demands of Test cricket. It will not only be the test of their skills but it'll also be about how much they can exert themselves when things aren't favouring them. Two hungry sides with a chance to make history will take the field. It'll all boil down to how good are the players at shutting down the noise and enjoying the pounding of the 'greatest all-round challenge in modern sport'.

What to expect: The forecast for the Test is extremely promising with all five days expected to have clear weather. Bowlers will have a big say in the contest with both pacers and spinners coming into the picture.

Team news:

Afghanistan: The first dilemma in front of the hosts will be of their spin combination. The selectors have decided to drop Mujeeb ur Rahman and make the late inclusion of Zahir. While Nabi and Rashid - the two frontline spin options - are certain starters, the toss up will be between Salamkheil and Zahir.

Ireland: George Dockrell and Simi Singh, with some support from Paul Stirling, are expected to be Ireland's spin options with the onus of scoring runs on the likes of William Porterfield, Andrew Balbirnie and O'Brien.

What they said:

"It is a moment of pride that Afghanistan hosts its first Test match and it carries a lot of meaning for us. Although, we lost our inaugural Test match to India last year but we will aim to play in the upcoming Test match with full strength" - Asghar Afghan

"It will be completely different conditions [in the Test match] - our first Test match against Pakistan was a home game in Malahide in May whereas we are in Dehradun here in India in March. We will see how the pitch is in the next couple of days and expect it not to be very different" - William Porterfield
Afghanistan (From): Mohammad Shahzad(w), Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan(c), Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Yamin Ahmadzai, Ihsanullah Janat, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Nasir Jamal, Ikram Ali Khil, Wafadar Momand, Waqar Salamkheil, Sayed Shirzad, Zahir Khan
Ireland (From): William Porterfield(c), Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie, Simi Singh, Kevin O Brien, Stuart Poynter(w), Lorcan Tucker, George Dockrell, James McCollum, Andy McBrine, James Cameron-Dow, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin, Barry McCarthy, Stuart Thompson

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ireland 37 for 0


Ahmadzadi and Rashid on fire 


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Ireland 85/9 


But last wicket Murtagh and Dockrell 

Frustrate Afghanistan bowler with last wicket stand of 82*


#11 Murtagh with 200 matches in English county cricket stunned cricket world with wonderful classy 50*






New ball due after 19 overs 



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Day 2 Afghanistan advanced in to 

50 more in 100 minutes-


#3 Rahmat Shah become 1st Afghanistan batsman with test 50

( Their only test vs India they lost 10w on Day 2 between lunch and tea & 10 w more after tea -- Loosing by an innings )


141 for 2 off 65 overs 

Shahidi 33* off 93 (79  Dot)

Rahmat 54* off 132 


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Rahmat dismissed in the 90's in his 2nd test


ead now 132


Asghar just completed 50* off 78 ball- 3rd player of day 2 with 50


Shahidi was second player. With test 50.


Murtagh (54*)hero of last(87) wicket-20/8/31/wicket of Rahmat bowled.




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14 hours ago, Zero_Unit said:

It would be interesting to see Afg vs BD/ZIM in test. Could probably win a match or two against them.

Bangladesh can beat both Afghanistan and zimbabwe inside 3 days 


Afghanistan  vs Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe 

Might better for both team 

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ireland lost opener quickly but Debutant J McCullum (39) & Balbirnie(82) put on 100 odd but soon after Lunch 17 year old waqar & Rashid took 2 quick wickets as Ire from good looking 137/3 to 153/6@ lead of 11 only 


First innings hero Dockrell joined with Kevin O'Brien - together they put on 67* at tea ire 220/6- 78 in front.If ireland add 122 more they could win here or so as afg only scored 103 and 109 vs india in their only other test 


congratulation kevin for fine 50*





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51 minutes ago, Norman said:

S**t umpiring from s**t Ravi has robbed Ireland. :facepalm:

There is no drs as well. 

too high too


anyway last wicket by Dow / Murtagh add 58 +


Murtagh / Dockrell 87 for last wicket in the first innings 


5 fer by rashid 

9 w in 2 test



Afg need 147.

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why no DRS ?

poor from Ravi on Dockrell Decision


Afg 5 for 1 off 66 ball


rashid become 1st Afghan bowler with 5 fer in  test.I think break time on both occasion ruins ireland's progress.


127/2 (lunch)


220/6 (tea)

288 all out 

145 by last wickets (ire) in the match 


we (india) never had that good batting.Only once
zaheer khan hits 75 bats # 11 in test away from india-- put on 133 with SRT (248*) 393/9-526/10


special cong to Kevin O'brine for 56 in his 2nd 
test who scored 118 vs pakistan on debut .225 runs in 4 innings now.


Balbirnie 82 also keep match going in to day 4.(118 to win)


Afg 29 /1 @close

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I remembered Zaheer khan #11 scored 75 in test away from India he and Sachin (248*) put on 133 for last wicket 

393/9 - 526/10


On day 3 Ireland's Tim Murtagh become only  #11 batsman who in each innings scored 25 or more runs 


54* and 27

Yes it's world record in test cricket


AusTraian all rounder  Agar in his debut test hits 98 away from Australia vs england while bats #11 in an single test innings




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Afghanistan for test victory 


Afg 149/3

Janat 65 n.o

Rahmat 76

Rahmat m.o.m

98 & 76


wow what a record ACROSS ALL FORMAT by 


Matches to maiden Test victory


01 Australia
02 England
02 Pakistan
02 Afghanistan
06 West Indies
11 Zimbabwe
12 South Africa
14 Sri Lanka
25 India
35 Bangladesh
45 New Zealand* {wait 26 years}

Maiden win for Afghanistan in each format

ODI: 89 runs vs Scotland, Benoni, April 2009 (ODI #1)


T20I: Five wkts vs Canada, Colombo SSC, Feb 2010 (T20I #2)


Test: Seven wkts vs Ireland, Dehradun, March 2019 (Test #2)

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Rashid become youngest bowler ever who took 5 fer in all 3 Format 


 Rashid khan (.Afg -20 years)
tim Southee ( nz - 22 years)
Kuldeep yadav (ind -23 years)
Umar Gul (pak - 25 years)
Ajanta Mendis (Lanka-26 years)
Bhuvi Kumar ( ind. - 28 years)
Malinga (Lanka -29 years)
Shakib (Bangladesh-31 years)
imran Tahir (S'Africa -37 years)

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“For ICC events, all teams have signed a members’ participation agreement which requires them to participate in all the matches of the tournament and (in case of) any unjustified non-compliance with that provision, the playing conditions will kick in and the points will be awarded accordingly (to the other team),” he said when asked about the matter.

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“For ICC events, all teams have signed a members’ participation agreement which requires them to participate in all the matches of the tournament and (in case of) any unjustified non-compliance with that provision, the playing conditions will kick in and the points will be awarded accordingly (to the other team),” he said when asked about the matter.

What happened to these contracts when Aus and others refused to play SL and Zimbabwe in 1996 and 2003 World Cups.

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48 minutes ago, putrevus said:

What happened to these contracts when Aus and others refused to play SL and Zimbabwe in 1996 and 2003 World Cups.

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SL and Zimbabwe got the points. In this case, BCCI is making a atmosphere for asking that no points be given to Pakistan.

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17 minutes ago, putrevus said:

Then it is wrong on BCCI’s part. You want to forfeit then you lose points.

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Who said forfeit. We want to cancel the game. So for a cancelled or abandoned game, why only one side gets all the points.


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