The Asian Age

India cannot look beyond MSD: Jaffer



New Delhi, March 19: Former India opener and domestic legend Wasim Jaffer has said that going into the T20 World Cup, Team India cannot look beyond veteran wicket-keeper batsman M.S. Dhoni, if he is fit and in form.

Jaffer, who announced his retirement from all forms of the game earlier this month, claimed Dhoni’s inclusion could ease the pressure on K.L. Rahul or Rishabh Pant; who are currently sharing the gloves for Team India in limitedove­rs cricket.

“If Dhoni is fit and in form I think we can’t look beyond him as he’ll be an asset behind the stumps and also lower down the order. It’ll take

Wasim Jaffer

the pressure of keeping off Rahul and India can play Pant as a batsman too if they want a lefty,” Jaffer said in a tweet.

Dhoni, 38, last played for India at the 2019 World Cup in England where the Men in Blue were knocked out in the semi-finals.


Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday claimed that all the 128 COVID19 tests it conducted on the players, support staff, match officials, broadcaste­rs and team owners involved in the PSL have come negative.

“It was absolutely critical for the integrity and credibilit­y of the HBL PSL and the PCB that all players, support personnel, broadcaste­rs and match officials, tested negative for COVID-19,” PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said.


London: The England and Wales cricket Board has discussed “contingenc­y plans” to save the upcoming county season amid the rapidly-growing COVID-19 pandemic and suspended all recreation­al cricket, including pre-season friendlies and training.

According to a report in ‘ESPNCricin­fo’, the ECB had a video call with county chief executives to discuss ways to ensure that the event’s April 12 start can be stuck to. The meeting will resume on Thursday.


I don’t think there is too much talk (on the inside). In media, it is described differentl­y but the team management has been backing me on this completely. There is no pressure from the captain, coach or anyone else. — CHETESHWAR PUJARA

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