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Namibia sense 'opportunity' ahead of Zimbabwe series – International Cricket Council

Meeting for five T20Is in Bulawayo next week, Namibia aim to roll over African Full Member rivals Zimbabwe.

In the Associate world, seldom is there a safety blanket.

One of cricket’s Cinderella stories of 2021, the Eagles of Namibia travel to Bulawayo to take on Zimbabwe in a five-match T20I series, beginning May 17.

Already qualified for the 2022 edition off the back of their heroics in UAE last year, the series provides a strong examination ahead of the tournament in Australia, but it comes with a catch.

With T20I rankings likely to dictate who will seal an automatic spot for 2024 and who will be forced to enter through continental qualification, a strong performance could also go a long way to securing a ticket for USA and the West Indies as early as November 2022.

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History for Namibia

No one lived the rollercoaster of the 2021 campaign more than skipper Gerhard Erasmus. In spite of breaking a finger during the warm-up phase of the tournament, the 27-year-old led his side through a tough First Round group in the field and with the bat.

Again though, the fickle and cut-throat nature of the game under Full Membership proved the ups are matched by downs. Running into strong UAE and Oman outfits in Cricket World Cup League 2, and admittedly not at their best in the T20 format against Uganda albeit with a rotated squad, Namibia are eager to find the winning formula once more.

Erasmus too hasn’t had the happiest 2022 either. Breaking bones in his hand a second and third time after the freak incident in UAE, the right-hander admits the last five months have been rocky, just to ensure he can take the field again.

“We always knew that a big tournament like that (the 2021 T20 World Cup) would take a bit of its toll on us, and it’s quite mentally draining physically, lots of pressure cricket, especially in the group stage.

“You’ve got a long way to come back either by training or having to get out on the park to get to the level again of cricket that you’re required to be at. It is quite a journey and it’s quite mentally telling.

“It’s not really a place you want to be too often to come back. It’s mentally draining.” 

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There’s a sense that next week’s series with Zimbabwe is Namibia’s chance to start moving through the gears again.

Erasmus is available for the series in a boost to the team, as is wicket-keeper Zane Green, though the loss of Stephen Baard to injury means another shuffle at the top of the batting order. Ruben Trumpelmann and No.4 MRF Tyres ICC T20I all-rounder JJ Smit have also had their bowling workloads managed, a theme that may continue in the series.

The hosts are going through changes of their own, entering global tournament qualification paths after being readmitted as an ICC member in late 2019. 

Losing both the one day and T20 series against South Africa A and now under a new white ball skipper of Craig Ervine, the men in red must hit their straps, with 2022 T20 World Cup qualification far from guaranteed. Hosting Qualifier ‘B’ for the tournament in July, Zimbabwe are one of eight teams vying to clinch one of the final two tickets for Australia.

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The Namibians may just be underdogs, though the gap between the two sides has narrowed in the eyes of followers of the emerging game. For Erasmus, the tour will deliver benefits irrespective of the result.

“I think we have a great opportunity. I think we will gain a lot of confidence from the series if we play well. If we don’t play well, we’ll gain a lot of information. So I think there’s only really positives that can come from a tour like that, playing at a level higher than yours.”

“Like we saw last year at the World Cup, you only really get better against the bigger nations by playing against them, by matching your skills and by actually physically doing it.”

Series fixtures

1st T20I: May 17
2nd T20I: May 19
3rd T20I: May 21
4th T20I: May 22
5th T20I May 24

All matches at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo at 13:00 local time.

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Afghanistan Announce Squad for Zimbabwe Tour, Zia-ur-Rehman Gets Maiden Call-up – News18

Afghanistan on Tuesday announced two squads for their white-ball tour of Zimbabwe, which begins on June 4.

The two teams will first play three ODIs, which form a part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League. Afghanistan are currently fifth on the CWCSL table with 70 points, while Zimbabwe are 12th with just 35 points.

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The ODI series will be followed by three T20Is, beginning 11 June. All matches will be played at the Harare Sports Club.

The 24-year-old Zia-ur-Rahman Akbar, who was the leading wicket-taker in the Green Afghanistan One-Day Cup, has got his maiden call-up. The left-arm spinner picked up 14 wickets in the tournament in just five matches in his team Hindukush Strikers’ winning campaign.

All-rounder Gulbadin Naib, who was a part of the Afghanistan squad that played the ODI series against Bangladesh in February this year, has been left out. Left-arm spinner Noor Ahmad and medium-pacer Nijat Masoud have been named as reserves.

Off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who is named in the ODI squad and is missing from the T20I list. Joining him is 21-year-old leg-spinner Qais Ahmad. They have been replaced by Noor Ahmad and right-handed batter Ihsanullah Janat. Left-arm wrist-spinner Zahir Khan and the left-arm fast bowler Sayed Ahmad Shirzad are the reserves.

ODI squad: Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmat Shah (vc), Azmatullah Omarzai, Farid Malik, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Ibrahim Zadran, Ikram Alikhail (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Mujib ur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Rashid Khan, Riaz Hassan, Shahidullah Kamal, Yamin Ahmadzai, Zia ur Rahman Akbar

Reserves: Noor Ahmad, Nijat Masoud

T20I squad: Mohammad Nabi (c), Najibullah Zadran (vc), Afsar Zazai (wk), Azmatullah Omarzai, Darwish Rasooli, Farid Ahmad Malik, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Hazratullah Zazai, Ihsanullah Janat, Karim Janat, Nijat Masoud, Noor Ahmad, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Rashid Khan, Sharafuddin Ashraf and Usman Ghani

Reserves: Zahir Khan, Sayed Ahmad Shirzad

ODI Itinerary:

June 4 – 1st ODI, Harare Sports Club, Harare

June 6 – 2nd ODI, Harare Sports Club, Harare

June 9 – 3rd ODI, Harare Sports Club, Harare

T20I Itinerary:

June 11 – 1st T20I, Harare Sports Club, Harare

June 12 – 2nd T20I, Harare Sports Club, Harare

June 14 – 3rd T20I, Harare Sports Club, Harare

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GT vs RR Live Streaming Online, Tv IPL 2022 IPL 2022 Qualifier 1: When and Where to watch GT vs RR Match – India TV News

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Rajasthan Royals will take on Gujarat Titans in the IPL 2022 Qualifier 1 at the Eden Gardens.

Gujarat Titans will take on Rajasthan Royals in the Qualifier 1 at the Eden Gardens on Tuesday. Gujarat, led by Hardik Pandya has been in red hot form with the Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan blowing hot and cold, but still making it to the Playoffs. 

Here are the Live Streaming Details of Gujarat Titans vs Rajasthan Royals. 

Where can I watch Gujarat Titans vs Rajasthan Royals match in India?

The GT vs RR match will be live telecast on Star Sports Network. Star Sports 1, Star Sports 3, and Star Gold 2 channels will telecast the match.

Where can I watch GT vs RR Match Online, Live Streaming? 

You can watch live streaming of GT vs RR match on Disney+ Hotstar.

Where can I watch GT vs RR match in South Africa and Zimbabwe? 

The match will be telecast on SuperSports Cricket in South Africa and Zimbabwe and also in other African countries.

Where can I watch GT vs RR match in the United Kingdom (UK)?

Sky Sports will live telecast the GT vs RR match in the United Kingdom.

Where can I watch GT vs RR match in the West Indies? 

Flow Sports will telecast the match in the West Indies. 

Where can I watch GT vs RR match in the United States?

Willow TV will telecast IPL matches in the United States and Canada.

Where can I watch GT vs RR match in Australia?

Fox Sports and Fox Cricket will live telecast the match in Australia 

Where can I watch the GT vs RR match in New Zealand?

Sky Sports live telecast the match between Gujarat Titans and Rajasthan Royals.

Gujarat Titans Probable Playing XI: Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade/Alzarri Joseph, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Lockie Ferguson, Yash Dayal, Mohammed Shami

Rajasthan Royals Probable XI: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Obed McCoy

Match Details

GT vs RR, Indian Premier League 2022, Qualifier 1

Date and Time: 24th May 2022, 7:30 PM IST

Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata

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Zia-ur-Rehman gets maiden call-up in Afghanistan squad for Zimbabwe ODIs – International Cricket Council

Afghanistan have named two 16-member squads for their white-ball tour of Zimbabwe, which begins on 4 June.

The two teams will first play three ODIs, which form a part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League. Afghanistan are currently fifth on the CWCSL table with 70 points, while Zimbabwe are 12th with just 35 points.

The ODI series will be followed by three T20Is, beginning 11 June. All matches will be played at the Harare Sports Club.

Twenty-four-year-old Zia-ur-Rahman Akbar, who was the leading wicket-taker in the Green Afghanistan One-Day Cup, has got his maiden call-up. The left-arm spinner picked up 14 wickets in the tournament in just five matches in his team Hindukush Strikers’ winning campaign.

All-rounder Gulbadin Naib, who was a part of the Afghanistan squad that played the ODI series against Bangladesh in February this year, has been left out. Left-arm spinner Noor Ahmad and medium-pacer Nijat Masoud have been named as reserves.

Missing from the T20I list is off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who is named in the ODI squad and was a part of the T20Is against Bangladesh. Joining him is 21-year-old leg-spinner Qais Ahmad. They have been replaced by Noor Ahmad and right-handed batter Ihsanullah Janat.

Left-arm wrist-spinner Zahir Khan and the left-arm fast bowler Sayed Ahmad Shirzad are the reserves.

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ODI squad: Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmat Shah (vc), Azmatullah Omarzai, Farid Malik, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Ibrahim Zadran, Ikram Alikhail (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Mujib ur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Rashid Khan, Riaz Hassan, Shahidullah Kamal, Yamin Ahmadzai, Zia ur Rahman Akbar

Reserves: Noor Ahmad, Nijat Masoud

T20I squad: Mohammad Nabi (c), Najibullah Zadran (vc), Afsar Zazai (wk), Azmatullah Omarzai, Darwish Rasooli, Farid Ahmad Malik, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Hazratullah Zazai, Ihsanullah Janat, Karim Janat, Nijat Masoud, Noor Ahmad, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Rashid Khan, Sharafuddin Ashraf and Usman Ghani

Reserves: Zahir Khan, Sayed Ahmad Shirzad

ODI Itinerary:

4 June – 1st ODI, Harare Sports Club, Harare

6 June – 2nd ODI, Harare Sports Club, Harare

9 June – 3rd ODI, Harare Sports Club, Harare

T20I Itinerary:

11 June – 1st T20I, Harare Sports Club, Harare

12 June – 2nd T20I, Harare Sports Club, Harare

14 June – 3rd T20I, Harare Sports Club, Harare

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