Shafali Verma once disguised herself as her brother to play cricket — and went on to win “man of the match and series”. Now the teen sensation wants to help India win the women’s Twenty20 World Cup. Verma, an attacking opener, is now in Australia for a Twenty20 tri-series warm-up for next month’s World Cup — a trophy that has eluded India’s women.
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Quetta Gladiators beat former champions Peshawar Zalmi in the final of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) by eight wickets to lift their maiden title before a capacity 32,000 crowd at the National stadium in Karachi. Pakistan officials hope they will hold all their Twenty20 league matches next year and some international cricket at home in the near future.
Pakistan marks the return of Sri Lanka with a 3-0 Twenty20 series whitewash, as officials hoped the match will help reestablish the country’s reputation for hosting international cricket.
Former England captain Adam Hollioake says he thinks Afghanistan could make it to the top six in the world in cricket despite ongoing security concerns as highlighted by a recent suicide attack at a Twenty20 tournament in Kabul.
World XI beat Pakistan by seven wickets in the second Twenty20 international to level the three-match series at 1-1 at Lahore’s Gaddafi stadium.