Shahzad Shines in UAE Sun as Lee Exits

24 02 2010

The Cinderella story that is Afghanistani cricket continued yesterday with what must rank as one of the more extraordinary First Class matches to have taken place. Playing Canada in Sharjah’s dusty cricket stadium, Afghanistan chased 494 for the loss of four wickets to win the game and 18 year old Mohammad Shahzad scored 215 not out. It is the 9th highest run chase in all FC cricket, the record being 541. Consider too that Canada had scored 566 in their first innings and then bowled the Afghani’s out in their first innings for 264.

The fairytale shows no signs of ending and with players as brilliant as Shahzad in their ranks, who knows what is possible!

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Brett Lee has yesterday announced his retirement from Test Cricket due to his ongoing problems affecting his elbow. Whilst tributes from many cricketing luminaries have been very generous, words to the effect that he is an all time great is probably overstated. Above everything Lee was a totally wholehearted competitor and on his day a truly dangerous and express bowler.

From an English point of view, we will always remember his bravery during the 2005 series where despite ordinary figures he won many admirers for the way in which he played his cricket. We hope he recovers sufficiently to grace the one day game for a few more years yet as a m0re popular Aussie cricketer it is hard to find.

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