Though Brendan Taylor will be a popular choice as captain, one can also assign the role to Ibrahim Zadran.
The 8th match of the Shpageeza Cricket League (SCL) 2019 will be played between Amo Sharks and Boost Defenders at the Alokozay Kabul International Cricket Ground.
The match starts at 9:30 AM local time (10:30 AM IST) (05:00 AM GMT).
This game can be viewed on RTA World and RTA Pashto YouTube Channels.
Amo Sharks and Boost Defenders are set to lock horns in the eighth match of the Shpageeza Cricket League. The Sharks, led by Shapoor Zadran, made an incredible start, defeating the Speed Ghar Tigers by 18 runs. Their top order put up a formidable 162 after which the bowlers got them home. But the Sharks couldn’t hold on to their good run of form versus the Band-e-Amir Dragons.
They got out for 120 and lost by seven wickets. In their next encounter, Zadran’s men are scheduled to face Gulbadin Naib’s Boost Defenders, who have got off to a pretty decent start in the T20 league. In their first encounter, they managed to get out of jail, winning by three runs versus the Mis Ainak Knights. Even versus the in-form Kabul Eagles, Naib and Co put up a decent enough performance.
The conditions will be healthy for cricket. There are no chances of rain with the clouds and the sun playing hide and seek throughout the duration of the match. The temperature will mostly be around the 18 degrees Celsius and 23 degrees Celsius. The humidity won’t be high with the numbers in the 20s.
The track in Kabul has turned out to be good for batting. But the bowlers have also had their say. It’s pertinent to note that chasing has been tough on the strip as the first five encounters went in favour of the team, batting first. Hence, it’s pretty clear what the sides should be aiming to do.
Average first innings score: 161 (First 6 matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won- 1, Lost- 5
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update).
Probable Playing XIs:
Usman Ghani, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Fazal Zazai, Ghamai Zadran, Ikram Ali Khil (wk), Mirwais Ashraf, Farmanullah, Ibrahim, Shapoor Zadran (C), Rokhan Barakzai
Bench- Abdul Rahim Mangal, Arif Khan Dawlatzai, Munir Ahmad, Zia ur Rahman Sharifi, Zia ur Rahman Farmani, Juma Gul Miakhil, Parviz Amin, Parviz Malikzai
Brendan Taylor (wk), Bahar Ali Shinwari, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Darwish Rasooli, Khaibar Omar, Gulbadin Naib (C), Waqarullah Ishaq, Dawlat Zadran, Qais Ahmad, Zia-ur-Rahman, Sayed Nasrat Quraishi
Bench- Muslim Musa, Nisar Wahdat, Fazal Haq, Sadam Mangal, Nasir Omar, Farhad Momand, Zahir Sahibzada, Noor ul Haq Malikzai, Nasratullah, Nasir Khan
Brendan Taylor plays the role of an aggressor at the top and once he gets going, it’s a tough task to stop him. In the first match versus Mis Ainak Knights, he hit two fours and four sixes in his 19-ball 36.
Ibrahim Zadran has shown decent form of late in all formats, especially in T20s. The 17-year-old has 87 runs opening the batting for the Sharks with a top score of 62 against Band-e-Amir Dragons.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Brendan Taylor, Gulbadin Naib, Hashmatullah Shahidi
Vice-Captain – Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Mirwais Ashraf
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Brendan Taylor (C)
Batsmen – Hashmatullah Shahidi, Khaibar Omar, Rahmat Shah, Ibrahim Zadran (VC), Fazal Zazai
All-Rounders – Gulbadin Naib, Mirwais Ashraf
Bowlers – Qais Ahmad, Shapoor Zadran, Ibrahim
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Brendan Taylor, Ikram Ali Khil
Batsmen – Hashmatullah Shahidi, Rahmat Shah (VC), Usman Ghani
All-Rounders – Gulbadin Naib (C), Zia ur Rahman, Mirwais Ashraf
Bowlers – Dawlat Zadran, Waqar Ishaq, Ibrahim
It will be advisable to pick more batsmen since the tournament has already produced some high-scoring games.
Amo Sharks are expected to come out trumps.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.