Mohammad Shahzad, wicketkeeper-batsman of Afghanistan, was born on this day. In his first 11 ODI innings, Shahzad made three hundreds and three fifties. He hit a 67-ball 118 – then the highest T20I score by an Associate batsman – against Zimbabwe in Sharjah in 2016.
A classic Test match between India and Pakistan ended with Pakistan winning by 12 runs. The match was held in Chennai. 18-year-old Shahid Afridi scored 141 to give a lead of 263 for Pakistan. Venkatesh Prasad took 5 for 0 in 18 balls. India were left to chase 271. Sachin Tendulkar made a brilliant 136 but when he was dismissed, India was only 17 runs behind the target. But the tail collapsed and India lost the match.
The first Test in Sharjah was played. This was due to West Indies’ decision of not playing in Pakistan in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks in USA.
Shahid Afridi was caught biting the ball by TV umpires in the fifth ODI against Australia in Perth. He was banned for two T20s.
Andre Russell of West Indies was banned for a year for repeated violations of a drug-testing clause in 2015.