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Live streaming: Afghanistan vs MCC XI at Lord’s ends in no-result

Live streaming of MCC XI vs Afghanistan was available. The match ended in a no-result as rain played spoilsport in what was Afghanistan’s first game in Lord’s. The MCC XI side featured Brendon McCullum, Misbah-ul-Haq and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

cricket Updated: Jul 11, 2017 23:54 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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The match between Afghanistan and MCC XI ended in a no-result as rain played spoilsport. Get highlights of MCC vs Afghanistan here.(Getty images)

A few days day after Shafiqullah Shafaq smoked a double century in a domestic match back home, Afghanistan’s proud men stepped on the grandest of cricket venues — Lord’s — to take on a star-studded Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) team in a 50-over contest, on Tuesday. The match ended in a no-result as rain played spoilsport in the match. MCC had posted 217/6. Live streaming and highlights of Afghanistan vs MCC was available here. (Video courtesy: Lord’s)

Shafaq’s century is yet another instance of an Afghan cricketer showing his mettle. The men, who have traversed through the greatest of adversities off the field, have a lot to give to cricket and the double century was only another chapter in addition.

The historic moment and the subsequent proceedings will be streamed live on the internet, which speaks volumes about how important this occasion is.

At a time when cricket fans are deprived of must-watch matches on television — the India Women versus South African Women staggeringly not being telecast in the cricket-mad country — Afghanistan must feel blessed to be able to showcase their talent at Lord’s against a plethora of stars.

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The game will be live streamed on the official Facebook and YouTube pages of Lord’s.

The MCC side will be without the Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara, and given the form he has been in the last few weeks, Afghanistan can only feel respite as the run-machine has been replaced by Warwickshire’s Sam Hain.

However, the MCC side still boasts the likes of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Pakistani pair of Misbah-ul-Haq and Yasir Shah, and will be captained by Brendon McCullum.

But, at the cynosure will be the leg-spinner Rashid Khan and his teammate Mohammad Nabi, the two players who played in the previous edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

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Both Rashid and Nabi played for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), and it is no exaggeration in saying that the 18-year-old leg-spinner proved to be one of the best overseas players by a long margin.

The MCC side, which boasts of Yasir and Samit Patel as the only two bowlers with considerable international experience, may face some trouble in holding up the aggressive Afghanistani batsmen, who are deft in their strokeplay to say the least.

MCC Squad: Brendon McCullum (c), Misbah-ul-Haq, Sam Hain, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Chris Read (wk), George Dockrell, Samit Patel, Chris Rushworth, Stuart Meaker, Tim Murtagh, Yasir Shah.

Afghanistan Squad: Asghar Stanikzai (c), Noor Ali Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Nasir Jamal, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Samiullah Shenwari, Afsar Zazai, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Rahmat Shah, Gulbadin Naib, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Farid Malik.

First Published: Jul 11, 2017 10:40 IST