Chittagong: Rahmat Shah on Thursday became the first Afghanistan player to score a century in Test cricket. Rahmat reached the three-figure mark on the opening day of Afghanistan’s only Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong. He scored 102 off 187 balls before being dismissed by Nayeem Hasan.Afghanistan won the toss and chose to bat first in Chittagong. Rahmat came into the middle in the 13th over after the dismissal of opener Ihsanullah. He went on to put on a 120-run stand with former skipper Asghar Afghan. At the end of the first session, Rahmat was on 97.He finally crossed the coveted mark with a four off Nayeem Hassan. However, he went for a loose drive off the next ball and got a thick edge that was grabbed by Soumya Sarkar at first slip.Rahmat Shah had previously scored 98 in Afghanistan’s last Test against Ireland in Dehradun. His ton means that all 12 Test playing countries now have a centurion. The only team to have played Test cricket and not had a centurion is the World XI that was put together with Graeme Smith as captain for a lone Test against Australia in 2005. Virender Sehwag’s 76 was the highest score for them in that match. IANSAlso Read: World Cup 2019: Najibullah, Rahmat steer Afghanistan to 207Also Watch: Woman found dead in Biswanath, Police suspect Murder
New Delhi: Pakistan are all set to create a first when they tour England for the ICC World Test Championship next year when they tour Netherlands and Ireland for ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals respectively. In a statement by the Pakistan Cricket Board, the team will tour Netherlands for the first time and they will play three ODIs. This will be the first bilateral series encounter between the two sides but they have met thrice in ICC World events. Apart from three ODIs against Netherlands, Pakistan will play Ireland for two Twenty20 Internationals. “The VRA Cricket Club in Amstelveen will host the three ODIs on July 4, 7 and 9, while the two T20Is in Ireland will be played on July 12 and 14,” Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said in a statement. Not only will this be the first time Pakistan play a bilateral series in Netherlands, they will also tour Ireland for the first time for Twenty20 Internationals. Ireland played their first-ever Test match when they took on Pakistan in Belfast in 2018. Pakistan withstood an onslaught from Kevin O’Brien and they won by five wickets. Also Read | Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah Stay On Top But Mohammad Amir Makes Big Jump In ICC ODI RankingsSpeaking about the development, both Netherlands and Ireland cricket board welcomed the tour. “This series will contribute significantly in our endeavours to put together a strong and formidable side for the 13-team ICC ODI League, which commences next year. It will provide the much-required exposure and experience to our talented men’s side and will also help in the promotion and development of the game in our part of the world,” KNCB chair Betty Timmer said. Also Read | World Needs To Help Pakistan To Revive Cricket After Decade Of Terrorism: Misbah-ul-HaqCricket Ireland’s performance director Richard Holdsworth said Ireland and Pakistan have a close affinity, both across men’s and women’s cricket. “The two-match series will be well-timed, being just 12 weeks from the start of the T20 World Cup, a tournament that we hope to be joining Pakistan via the Qualifier tournament later this year,” he said.After the tour of Netherlands and Ireland, Pakistan will travel to England where they will play three World Test Championship Tests from July 30 to August 20 before taking on the 50-over world champions in three T20Is on August 29 and 31 and September 2 respectively. Pakistan had toured England in 2018 and the two-match Test series ended 1-1. In the previous series between the two sides in 2016, Pakistan and England played out a 2-2 draw. However, in the 2019 series before the World Cup, Pakistan lost the one-off T20I and the five-match ODI series 1-4. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.