ABU DHABI: 32-year-old leg-spinner Yasir Shah has shattered Clarrie Grimmett’s 82-year-old record by taking 200 Test wickets in his 33rd Test here today.
He achieved this milestone in the 4th day of the 3rd Test against New Zealand by dismissing Will Somerville.
It is pertinent to mention here that Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett took his 200th Test scalp while playing against South Africa in Johannesburg back in 1936.
Relevant: Chairman National Selection Committee Inzamam ul Haq said on Thursday that the rare feat of spinner Yasir Shah of becoming the fastest bowler to take 200 wickets has made the entire country proud.
“He has taken himself and Pakistan into cricket history books by achieving an unprecedented record which was set 82 years ago and he will be long remembered for accomplishing such a rare goal,” he told reporters at the LCCA ground after prize distribution ceremony of a local cricket tournament.
“We are considering to select Yasir in the one day team as well as he has performed outstandingly in the longest version of cricket,” he said.
Yasir shattered the record in the third and final Test match against New Zealand at Abu Dhabi. The 32-year-old trapped nightwatchman Will Somerville leg before for four runs – his second wicket of New Zealand’s second innings – to reach the milestone in his 33rd Test, beating Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett’s record of 36 Tests set against South Africa at Johannesburg in 1936.
Inzamam expressed his satisfaction with the performance of the Pak team in the Test series against New Zealand and said players are working hard to justify their inclusion in the team.
“Doctors had given rest to opener Fakhar Zaman and pace bowler Muhammad Abbas and both of them have now resumed cricket practice to get into full rhythm,” said the chief selector.
To a question he said it is a positive aspect that Pak team’s middle order is performing good as Usman Salahuddin, Abid Ali are doing good and they will be given further chance in future as well.
He said veteran batsman, Muhammad Hafeez has taken the decision to retire from test cricket without any pressure from any quarter.
He urged Pakistan cricket captain, Sarfraz Ahmad, to perform further better as he can the potential to lift the level of his game. “His performance of good but there is still a room to improve,” he asserted.
He rejected questioner that players are selected on the basis of provinces or a specific region. “ We select players based on their performance, setting aside Lahore or Karachi factor, and selections in the national teams are being made purely on merit keeping in view on the future of the country in cricket “, said Inzamam.
He said pacer Muhammad Amir is a quality batsman who is now performing to a good level after overcoming a bad patch.
To a question, he said, there is no restriction from Pakistan cricket board to include batsman Salman Butt in the team. “ Whenever need will arise we will consider him “, he added.
He called upon the club cricket organizer to strengthen club cricket by organizing regular club tournaments and matches to expose the young cricketers to competitive and quality cricket.
A relevant piece published earlier:
Khan and Nabi spearhead Naib-led Afghanistan World Cup squad
KABUL: Spin sensation Rashid Khan and all-rounder Mohammad Nabi will spearhead Afghanistan’s assault on the World Cup after a 15-man squad was announced on Monday.
Seaming all-rounder Gulbadin Naib will captain the side when they head to England and Wales for the global showpiece which begins on May 30, the Afghanistan Cricket Board said.
Joining the spin attack of Khan and Nabi — who led Afghanistan in their first World Cup four years ago — will be 18-year-old mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Fast bowler Hamid Hasan returns for the first time since 2017 because of fitness issues alongside other frontline quicks Dawlat Zadran and Aftab Alam.
Naib had earlier this month been announced as captain, replacing Asghar Afghan who has still been included in the squad.
Dawlat Khan Ahmadzai, head of the Cricket Board’s selection committee, said they had tried to select “a successful, experienced and balanced team”.
While most of the Afghan team are at a training camp in South Africa, the spinners are all warming up for the 50-over World Cup in the Indian Premier League.
Many Afghanistan cricketers learned the game in refugee camps in Pakistan, their families having fled the Soviet invasion in the 1980s.
Since beating the odds to compete at the 2010 World Twenty20 in England, Afghanistan have qualified for all major international tournaments and recorded their first Test victory against Ireland last month.
Afghanistan open their World Cup campaign against Australia in Bristol on June 1 and are regarded as dark horses, having beaten former champions Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup last year as well as forcing a tie with giants India.
Afghanistan squad: Gulbadin Naib (capt), Shahzad Mohammadi, Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hasan, Mujib Ur Rahman
Cricket: South Africa World Cup squad
JOHANNESBURG: South Africa on Thursday named the following squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England and Wales:
Faf du Plessis (capt), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wkt), JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen.
Sri Lanka dump Chandimal, bring back Thirimanne for World Cup
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka Thursday dumped established stars including former captain Dinesh Chandimal to hand batsman Lahiru Thirimanne and leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay a place in their World Cup squad.
Chandimal, who was one-day captain until last October, wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella, off-spinner Akila Dananjaya, openers Danushka Gunathilaka and Upul Tharanga were all left out of the 15-man squad.
Thirimanne and Vandersay along with all-rounders Milinda Siriwardana and Jeevan Mendis got places despite not playing in the one-day team for more than a year.
Left-handed batsman Dimuth Karunaratne, who was appointed captain on Wednesday, last played an ODI in March 2015.
Opening batsman Avishka Fernando and paceman Nuwan Pradeep were also named for the 50-over event which starts in England and Wales on May 30.
The 1996 champions kick off their campaign against New Zealand in Cardiff on June 1.
Sri Lanka squad:
Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Isuru Udana, Milinda Siriwardana, Avishka Fernando, Jeevan Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal