Afghanistan seal Test status

first_imgLONDON (CMC):Just two weeks after shocking West Indies for their first win over a major Test-playing side, minnows Afghanistan have been granted Test status by the International Cricket Council (ICC).They, along with Ireland, were adopted as full members following a unanimous vote at the ICC Full Council meeting at the Oval yesterday.”For a nation like Afghanistan, it is a huge and remarkable achievement. The entire nation will be celebrating across all five regions and different provinces. It is the perfect Eid (Muslim festival) gift,” Afghanistan Cricket Board chief executive Shafiq Stanikzai said.”Everyone has waited for this news and has been so keen to hear this news. Afghanistan Cricket has gone from strength to strength and we dared to dream that this would happen, and today, it has become a reality.”Afghanistan, coached by discarded West Indies head coach Phil Simmons, has made waves over the last year with victory in the Intercontinental Cup over Ireland in March, and one-day wins over the Irish, Zimbabwe and Scotland.They snatched the headlines earlier this month when they stunned two-time former World Cup champions West Indies by 63 runs in the first One-Day International of the three-match series at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in St Lucia.They then forced the Windies to labour in pursuit of 136 for victory in the second match, before the hosts got home by four wickets in the 40th over.Afghanistan and Ireland will become the 11th and 12th Test playing nations, joining Australia, India, England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and West Indies.last_img read more

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Top five youngest England debutants including Callum Hudson-Odoi and Wayne Rooney

first_img Theo Walcott made his England debut after coming on for Michael Owen 6 Many more caps are likely to follow for Callum Hudson-Odoi Hudson-Odoi was originally called up to England’s Under-21s side for this month’s international games, but injuries to senior stars saw Gareth Southgate promote the Londoner to his squad.The 18-year-old replaced Raheem Sterling in the 70th minute of England’s 5-0 win against the Czech Republic in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier. He looked bright on the left wing and played a part in the final goal six minutes from time. His shot was saved by goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka and rebounded off Chelsea team-mate Tomas Kalas and into the net.He could be a future star for England.4. Michael OwenDebut: 11 February 1998 vs ChileAge: 18 years, 59 daysCaps: 89 6 6 Sterling played 84 minutes as an experimental England side lost 4-2 to Sweden when Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s four goals condemned Roy Hodgson’s men to a first defeat of the calendar year. Steven Caulker, Leon Osman, Ryan Shawcross, Carl Jenkinson and Wilfried Zaha also made their Three Lions debuts in Stockholm.Despite being just 24, the Manchester City star is one of the most senior players in the current England camp.2. Wayne RooneyDebut: 12 February 2003 vs AustraliaAge: 17 years, 111 daysCaps: 120 It was an England debut to forget for Raheem Sterling 6 Callum Hudson-Odoi has become the fifth youngest player to make his England debut in the post-war era.The Chelsea winger made his senior Three Lions bow in Friday’s 5-0 victory over Czech Republic at just 18 years and 136 days old. Michael Owen burst on to the international scene in 1998 Sven-Goran Eriksson shocked the country by naming a 17-year-old Walcott in his 2006 World Cup squad. The winger even made his England bow before debuting for Arsenal. He was a 65th-minute substitute in England’s 3-1 win over Hungary, but watched the World Cup from the bench as the Three Lions were knocked out by Portugal on penalties in the quarter-finals.His most memorable moment in an England shirt came when he bagged a hat-trick against Croatia in a World Cup qualifier in 2008. 6 Callum Hudson-Odoi ceased his chance with England Wayne Rooney during his England debut Owen played the full 90 minutes in a 2-0 friendly defeat to Chile at Wembley to mark the start of a long England career.The 39-year-old is England’s fifth all-time top scorer with 40 goals. He became England’s youngest ever player to appear and score at a World Cup after coming on as a substitute against Tunisia in 1998. He then came off the bench in the following match to net England’s equaliser in a 2-1 defeat to Romania.Owen won the Ballon d’Or in 2001 for his prolific performances with Liverpool and England – he remains the only Englishman to bag the award, which honours the best footballer over a calendar year.3. Raheem SterlingDebut: 14 November 2012 vs SwedenAge: 17 years, 342 daysCaps: 48 6 Rooney was a 52nd-minute substitute in England’s friendly defeat to Australia. He is England’s most-capped outfield player and is just five short of legendary goalkeeper Peter Shilton. Along with that accolade, the 33-year-old is the Three Lions’ all-time top scorer with 53 goals.At the third attempt, he scored his first ever World Cup goal against Uruguay in the 2014 finals.1. Theo WalcottDebut: 30 May 2006 vs HungaryAge: 17 years, 75 daysCaps: 47 Hudson-Odoi has been frustrated by his lack of regular game-time at Stamford Bridge this season, but was ready to cease his chance in an England shirt.The youngster – who is yet to start a league game for the Blues but has flourished in the Europa League with four goals and two assists – even helped wrap things against the Czechs, with his shot leading to an own-goal to make it 5-0 at Wembley.But where does he rank in the Three Lions’ youngest post-war debutants? talkSPORT had a look…5. Callum Hudson-OdoiDebut: March 22, 2019 vs the Czech RepublicAge: 18 years, 136 daysCaps: 1last_img read more

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