Jan 292018
 

Good luck to Lloyd Pope who will be playing in the Australia vs Afghanistan semi final today at the U/19 World Cup.

The game is being played in Christchurch and starts at 8am Adelaide time. Coverage is live on Foxtel.

Preview from ESPN Cricinfo:

No sooner had Lloyd Pope sealed a dramatic semi-final berth for Australia at the Under-19 World Cup that his captain Jason Sangha made a request. It wasn’t about extending the team’s curfew time so that they could have a bit of fun. He wanted “assistance or footage” of Afghanistan. He wanted information on Mujeeb Zadran, who runs in like a medium-pacer and bowls a mix of offspin, legspin, googly and a carom ball and Zahir Khan, the left-arm wristspinner.

The hype around Mujeeb, in particular, is substantial. A few hours after Australia’s training session had ended, the 16-year old was bought for an astonishing USD 625,000 by Kings XI Punjab to play the Indian Premier League. So you can see where Sangha is coming from.

Only video of Under-19 players is hard to come by because most matches at this level are simply not televised. Analysts have been spending long workhours poring through every last bit of available footage to help their batsmen understand the angles Mujeeb creates and the variations he carries.

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