The highly-anticipated Ashes will go all guns blazing on December 8 at Australia’s fortress, The Gabba. Before that, the cricket fraternity will witness two big showpiece events.
The second phase of the IPL will kick off in the UAE from September 19. Following the conclusion of the IPL, the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 will kick off in the UAE and Oman on October 17.
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Case in point, Australian Test captain Tim Paine is doubtful for the upcoming Ashes 2021-22 with a neck injury. Australia might field the team without their regular Test captain Tim Paine. The 36-year-old is all set to undergo surgery due to a chronic neck injury. His current condition makes him a doubtful starter for the Ashes.
The experienced campaigner hasn’t trained in the last 6 weeks. Earlier, it was also believed that normal treatment would serve as a catalyst to a complete recovery.
Meanwhile, Tim Paine strongly feels that it will give him the best chance to recover. The doctors also feel Paine could start training within a month from the date of surgery.
This means that the Tasmanian cricketer would have a preparation time of one month for the Ashes 2021-22. Tim Paine came under fire for his inconsistency of late. However, he will be looking forward to showcasing his mettle against England.
Tim Paine under fire for his remarks on Afghanistan
Australian Test captain made the headlines recently after his remarks on Afghanistan went viral. He stressed the fact that it will be quite tough for Afghanistan to take part in the forthcoming ICC T20 World Cup.
The marquee event will kick off on October 17 in the UAE and Oman. While speaking to the SEN radio show, Tim Paine said: “I don’t think we want to be associated with countries that are taking opportunities or things off literally half their population.”
“We’ve heard nothing from the ICC, which is fascinating given there is a T20 World Cup in just over a month’s time. I’d imagine it’s impossible [for Afghanistan to take part] if teams are pulling out of playing against them and governments are not letting them travel to our shores.”
“How a team like that can be allowed to play in an ICC-sanctioned event is going to be very, very hard to see,” he added. Meanwhile, Paine’s comments caught the attention of Asghar Afghan and he came up with a statement.
Meanwhile, former Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan hit out at Tim Paine for talking about the possibility of teams boycotting Afghanistan cricket. Afghan told Paine to refrain from delivering aggressive statements.
“It requires too much hard work and dedication to reach this level of cricket. You should refrain from delivering aggressive statements which would result in isolating the Afghan cricket,” he added.