Dubai: Pakistan and New Zealand dedicated the trophy for their two Twenty20 matches in the Dubai starting on Thursday in memory of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes who died last week.
Hughes died last Thursday, two days after being hit by a bouncer in a first class match in Sydney, leaving the cricketing world to mourn his death.
Hughes’s funeral was held early Wednesday, as Pakistan and New Zealand prepare for the shortest format of the game after drawing a preceding Test series 1-1.
Pakistan’s Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi said Hughes`s tragic death has left the cricketing world in a shock.
“Hughes died very young and his tragic death has left everyone shocked,” said Afridi on Wednesday. “We are thankful to the sponsors who have decided to dedicate the trophy in memory of Hughes as a mark of respect,” said Afridi on Wednesday.
Pakistan are boosted by the return of paceman Umar Gul, who has not played international cricket since April due to a knee problem.
His inclusion will help Pakistan overcome the absence of ace off-spinner Saeed Ajmal who is suspended from international cricket after his bowling action was found illegal in September this year.
The 23-year-old returns from a knee problem which kept him away from international cricket since the fifth edition of the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh in April this year.
Umar Gul has played 124 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and 47 Test matches for Pakistan and took 173 wickets in ODIs and 163 in test matches.
Gul is the second highest wicket-taker in the shortest format of the game with 80 in 56 games, five behind Ajmal’s 85.
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