One of the reasons that I’m looking forward to seeing a couple of Afghanistan matches at Headingley come this year’s ODI World Cup is… Hazratullah Zazai!
I’ve detailed the destructive opening batsman’s abilities previously…
He’s started the Bangladesh Premier League in some style by smacking 78 from just 41 deliveries for Dhaka Dynamites against Rajshahi Kings.
Meanwhile Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera walloped 140 from only 74 balls but still ended up on the losing side against New Zealand today. In Colin Munro and Jimmy Neesham, New Zealand have some destructive hitters of their own.
Trans-Tasman, Australia’s Marcus Stoinis is producing the goods for Melbourne Stars in this season’s Big Bash.
All around the world there’s some big hitting talent that will be congregating in England this summer. Could we see some record-breaking performances come the World Cup?
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Hazratullah Zazai will have come to the attention of many by striking six sixes in an over for Kabul Zwanan in the inaugural Afghanistan Premier League earlier today. People should’ve seen it coming though as the youngster has form and recent form at that. Previously in the competition he swashbuckled a score of 124 from just 55 deliveries!
On the international stage Zazai hasn’t quite got going in the two ODI outings he’s had so far but has passed fifty twice in three T20Is. For the record his T20I strike-rate currently stands at a nose-bleed inducing 156.75!
It’s the attention as well as experience and confidence gained from such performances that not only confirm the changing landscape of domestic cricket around the globe but reiterate that T20 leagues merit their place in the cricket calendar. Hopefully more tournaments will sprout in as yet untapped markets but when they do, the game will reach a point, in fact it has already, where some competitions will be in direct… err, competition with each other.
For now let’s celebrate twenty-year-old Zazai’s recent performances and progress as well as the inspiration this will have provided to many young aspiring cricketers in Afghanistan. The only way is surely up still further for the national team and their domestic game.