Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

An aggressive, attack-oriented batman and penetrative spin bowler, Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi could turn a match with either bat or ball. Out of the seven fastest ODI centuries of all time, Afridi has produced three of them.

Throughout his career, he had an ODI strike rate of 117 runs per 100 balls, the third-highest in the game's history. He is known for hitting long sixes, while his trademark shot is a cross-batted flick to the leg-side to a ball outside off stump.

As a bowler, his stock ball was the leg break but his armoury also includes the googly and a "quicker one" which he can deliver in the style of a medium-pacer, reaching speeds of around 130 km/h (81 mph).

At the 2007 World Twenty20, he performed poorly with the bat but brilliantly with the ball, earning the Man of the Series award, though he failed to take a wicket in the final and was out for a golden duck.

He also became the first person to receive the Player of the Tournament award in T20 World Cup history. But in the next ICC Twenty20 World Cup, held in 2009 Afridi performed brilliantly in the series scoring 50 runs in the semi-final and 54 in the final and leading his team to victory.

At the 2009 ICC World T20 final versus Sri Lanka at Lord's, he set several all-round records. He became the first player to score a fifty in a successful run chase in a World T20 final. He also became the first player to score a fifty and to take at least a single wicket in a World T20 final.

He also became the only player to win both the Player of the Final (2009) and the Player of the tournament awards in ICC World T20 history.

 

Career statistics (2004-present)

Full name: Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi

Born: March 1, 1980, (40) Khyber Agency

Major teams: Pakistan, Asia XI, Brampton Wolves, Deccan Chargers, Dhaka Gladiators, Dhaka Platoon, Edmonton Royals, Fly Emirates XI, Griqualand West, Habib Bank Limited, Hampshire, ICC World XI, Jamaica Tallawahs, Karachi, Karachi Kings, Karachi Region Blues, Kowloon Cantons, Leicestershire, Melbourne Renegades, Multan Sultans, Northamptonshire, Peshawar Zalmi, Rangpur Riders, Ruhuna Royals, South Australia, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.

Playing role: Allrounder

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Legbreak googly

 

T20I Career (Pakistan) Batting

Mat       Inns        NO         Runs      HS          Ave        BF           SR           100        50           4s         6s          

99           91          12          1416      54*        17.92     944        150.00          0          4           103        73          

T20 Career Batting

Mat      Inns        NO         Runs      HS          Ave        BF           SR           100        50           4s               6s          

317       271        38           4310      101        18.49     2801      153.87           1           9          320             245     

 

T20I Career Bowling

Mat       Inns        Balls       Runs      Wkts      BBI         BBM      Ave        Econ      SR           4w        5w          10w

99           97         2168        2396        98         4/11       4/11       24.44      6.63      22.1          3            0             0

 

T20 Career Bowling

Mat       Inns      Balls      Runs      Wkts      BBI         BBM      Ave        Econ      SR           4w           5w          10w

317        311        6742      7547       339        5/7         5/7       22.26       6.71      19.8           9             2             0

 

Career Highlights

  • Most T20 WC scalps (39)
  • 2007 T20 WC player of the tournament
  • 3 4-wicket hauls in T20I
  • Made 1416 T20I runs at an average of 17.92
  • Secured 98 T20I wickets at 24.45
  • Most T20I balls bowled (2168)
  • 4310 T20 runs at 18.49

With 63 international T20 wickets, Imran Tahir is South Africa’s leading bowler in that format.

At the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, Tahir returned his best figures of 4–21 in South Africa's match against the Netherlands and was awarded man of the match. Tahir was joint highest wicket-taker in the tournament along with Ahsan Malik from the Netherlands; both took 12 wickets in the tournament.

In the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup quarter-final match between South Africa and Sri Lanka, Tahir helped South Africa to their first ever World Cup knockout win with a Man of the Match performance of 4-26.

In February 2017, he reached the top position in both the ODI and T20I rankings for bowlers, and three months later was named T20I Cricketer of the Year at Cricket South Africa's annual awards.

 

Career Statistics (2006-present)

Full name: Mohammad Imran Tahir

Born: March 27, 1979, Lahore, Punjab (41)

Major teams:  South Africa, Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils, Derbyshire, Dolphins, Durham, Durham 2nd XI, Duronto Rajshahi, Eastern Transvaal, Easterns, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Hampshire, Hampshire 2nd XI, Hampshire 2nd XI, ICC World XI, Lahore City, Lahore Lions, Lahore Ravi, Lahore Whites, Lions, Middlesex, Middlesex 2nd XI, Multan Sultans, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, North Eastern Transvaal, Nottinghamshire.

Playing role: Bowler

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Legbreak googly

 

T20I Career

Mat   Inns    Balls    Runs     Wkts     BBI      BBM     Ave      Econ    SR      4w    5w    10w

38       38        845     948         63       5/23      5/23     15.04    6.73    13.4      2        2      0

 

T20 Career

Mat   Inns   Balls     Runs     Wkts     BBI     BBM    Ave     Econ     SR       4w    5w    10w

290     276    6203      7246      365      5/23     5/23    19.85    7.00     16.9     10       2       0

 

Career Highlights

  • 63 T20I scalps in 38 matches at 15.04
  • 2 Four wkt hauls, 2 five wkt hauls in T20I
  • Leading wicket taker in 2014 T20 WC (12)
  • Tied 2nd fastest player to reach 50 T20I wickets (31 matches)
  • 4th most T20 wickets (365)
  • IPL purple cap winner for most wickets in 2019

When the pandemic shut the world down in March, it also shut down the world of sports.

All the major football leagues – the EPL, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, Primera Liga; the NBA, Swimming, Super League Netball, everything was shut down for like four months.

It was the same here in Jamaica. The ISSA Boys and Girls Champs, Red Stripe Premier League, everything. If it was classified as a sport, it was done.

However, things gradually started to open back up.

The EPL and the other major European football leagues found a way to complete their respective seasons even if it came at great expense. Massive levels of testing of players and support staff, as well as technical people to facilitate the broadcast of the matches, played in empty stadia.

Players were quarantined in hotels and not allowed outside their respective bubbles in order to ensure that there was little chance that they or their teammates would become infected.

Here in Jamaica, there is talk of getting the Red Stripe Premier League going again later this year.  That should present quite a challenge for the 12 teams in the league and the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), who will have to figure out how they are going to get things going while keeping the players and support staff safe.

Will they quarantine players and staff? Where will they house them? Will fans be allowed into the stadia where the teams are playing? This latter issue could be a major factor in how teams will approach the season.

In the absence of broadcast money and most likely corporate sponsorship, teams in the RSPL will depend heavily on gate receipts. However, with restrictions being placed on the number of supporters that will be allowed inside the stadia, how will teams stay afloat while still paying players and covering all the other costs associated with running a football franchise?

Perhaps, the JFF and the 12 teams will be able to fashion some semblance of a season but for schoolboy football, things are a lot more uncertain. The situation is so tenuous that not even the JFF President Michael Ricketts can say for sure whether there will be a school-boy season.

More than 40 teams contest the Manning Cup in Jamaica’s Corporate Area. Out in rural Jamaica, the magnitude of the undertaking is so much larger. More than a hundred schools are set to take part in the daCosta Cup competition.

I am not sure the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association can pull that off.

How will schools handle the players? Will they be allowed to go home once training camps begin? Will players be allowed to attend regular classes with other kids from so many different backgrounds and communities that might have asymptomatic people walking around or living in their homes?

 How will the schools protect coaches? How do schools plan to pay for sanitizers and all the other things needed to ensure that everyone remains safe during the course of the season?

On the face of it, I don’t think they can.

There are way too many schools, way too many environments to control and secure and way too many players to place in any kind of bubble that will guarantee their safety while preventing a national outbreak of the coronavirus in schools across the island.

As of today, fewer than 1000 Jamaicans have been confirmed to be carrying the COVID-19 virus. If there are any missteps, any gaps in proposed protocols, ISSA runs the risk of causing an island-wide outbreak that could see tens of thousands of Jamaicans becoming infected and possibly hundreds, if not thousands, of deaths.

The disaster would be on such a scale, Jamaica’s medical facilities would be significantly overwhelmed.

The way I see it, there should be no school-boy football in Jamaica for 2020. It would be foolhardy to even attempt it.

 

 

Jamaica Tallawahs CEO Jeff Miller said batsman Andre McCarthy is devastated that he will not be able to play in the 2020 CPL season that begins in Trinidad later this month.

Jamaican bodybuilder Dwayne Walker is as pleased as punch following his debut performance in the Open Class at the IFBB Tampa Pro tournament this past weekend.

Jamaica, West Indies and Guyana Amazon Warrior batsman Brandon King is doing his part in supporting the Black Lives Matter and assisting communities by the COVID19 pandemic.

Briana Williams has signed a three-year deal to become a Digicel  brand ambassador.

Asafa Powell has been paying child support to Amita Persaud-Webb but the mother of his child wants the former 100m world record holder to pay more.

Trinidad and Tobago High Court Justice Carol Gobin will hand down a decision on August 13 whether the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) will be compelled to abide by the arbitration process at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) or whether FIFA will be subject to the jurisdiction of the TT High Court in their ongoing dispute.

The TTFA and FIFA have been in dispute since March when FIFA dissolved the association’s administration who were in office four months and installed a normalization committee to oversee the affairs of the debt-ridden association.

TTFA took the matter to the CAS but later withdrew citing fears of institutional bias.

On May 18, lawyers for the William-Wallace executive had filed an application in the Trinidad and Tobago High Court seeking a permanent injunction to prevent FIFA from interfering or seeking to override the “fair and transparent democratic processes of the TTFA and/or preventing them from removing the executive of duly elected officers from office.

They are also seeking a permanent injunction against FIFA preventing FIFA and/or its agents from interfering with the day-to-day management of the association, including its bank accounts, website and real property.

Attempts at mediation failed when FIFA decided to withdraw citing a lack of confidentiality.

FIFA now wants the court to send the matter back before the CAS.

On Wednesday, the parties appeared before the Honourable Justice Carol Gobin after FIFA filed an application on June 15, 2020, challenging the jurisdiction of the Court to adjudicate on the impending issues between the parties.

The TTFA was represented by attorneys-at-law Dr Emir Crowne, Matthew Gayle, Crystal Paul and Jason Jones of New City Chambers while FIFA was represented by Christopher Hamel-Smith SC, Jonathan Walker and Cherie Gopie of M Hamel-Smith and Co.

Hamel-Smith submitted that the TTFA’s commencement of the proceedings before the TT High Court was an act beyond its legal authority and that the TTFA’s commencement of the proceedings before the TT High Court was done without the due and proper authority of those who purported to do so on behalf of the TTFA.

Hamel-Smith also submitted that proceedings be stayed in favour of arbitration at CAS as agreed between TTFA and FIFA. He also submitted that the permission initially granted to the TTFA to issue and serve the originating documents outside of the jurisdiction be set aside as, among other reasons, electronic service of the documents were contrary to Swiss Law.

However, in submissions for the TTFA, Dr Emir Crowne said the TTFA was created by an Act of the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament and so if the Parliament intended to abdicate its supervision and/or jurisdiction over the TTFA- thereby ousting the jurisdiction of the TT High Court- then the Parliament would have clearly done so.

These submissions were made in support of Dr Crowne’s insistence that the matter before the Court posed far-reaching public policy implications of which the Court should consider.

As it relates to Swiss Law, Dr Crowne indicated that the question should not have any significant relevance since the alleged breaches, torts, property rights and other issues affecting the TTFA are all occurring and have its ultimate effect within Trinidad and Tobago, not Switzerland.

Further, he contended that the FIFA submitted no evidence before the Court to support its assertions regarding Swiss Law and the TTFA’s service of its originating documents outside of Trinidad and Tobago.

Dr Crowne also raised the issue of the institutional bias at CAS and whether there was, in fact, an enforceable agreement between the TTFA and FIFA to arbitrate before the CAS.

He submitted that the decision to be bound by the arbitration clause, as FIFA alleges, cannot be said to have been entered into freely by the TTFA given the drastic consequences to the TTFA of not being affiliated or participating in international football.

It will now come down to Justice Gobin’s decision on August 13.

“The TTFA, perhaps like many other stakeholders of Trinidad and Tobago football, patiently awaits the ruling of the Honourable Court in this Application,” said Jason Jones in a comment to Sportsmax.TV.

Prior to the start of Wednesday’s proceedings, Justice Gobin asked whether the parties would consider Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods. The TTFA said it was willing to engage in mediation. However, FIFA reiterated that it remains willing only to engage in arbitration before the CAS.

 

Two-time Jamaican Olympian Shevon Nieto has been awarded the IOC President’s Award for honouring the fight and path of an Olympian.

Asafa Powell appeared before the Family Court in Jamaica on Thursday over child support payments. Meantime, Powell has requested that the court order a paternity test.

Powel, 37, appeared before the court after the child’s mother Amita Persaud-Webb filed documents seeking financial maintenance of JMD$25,000 a month.

Attorney-at-law Michelle Thomas represents Webb while Annaliesa Lindsay is representing the former world record holder.

The parties are to return to court on October 9.

Dave Cameron’s vision for the future of cricket involves longer T20 seasons, fewer Test matches for weaker teams but more players earning decent livelihoods playing all over the globe.

 The former president of Cricket West Indies is pushing this vision as he attempts to become the next Chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC), a platform that will provide him with the opportunity to create a more equitable environment in cricket globally.

 It is a job made harder for not having the support of the CWI but Cameron, who needs two votes to become a contender, is confident that he has a legitimate shot against ECB Chairman Colin Grave and possibly India’s Sourav Ganguly.

 “I have those votes I don’t think it will change. I am still waiting to hear about Ganguly’s future in the ICC. They have not finalised the election process yet,” said Cameron.

 During an interview with Indian Express, Cameron revealed his belief in a longer Indian Premier League (IPL), while noting the irony that the cancellation of the ICC World Cup paved the way for the IPL in the same window.

  “The IPL is way a more valuable product than the T20 World Cup. Let’s be very clear about that,” he said. “India will make a lot more money and so too the players. The players themselves would prefer would playing in IPL than the World Cup.

 “A lot of T20 leagues need to run concurrently, which is not happening now. Everybody wants to not clash with the other guys. The IPL needs to happen alongside BPL, CPL and Big Bash and the best players will get picked in the best leagues.

 “There will be room for everyone including the Indian players who are unsold in the IPL. They have the opportunity to play elsewhere. One has to make a decision on tradition versus profitability.”

 That being said, Cameron lamented the lack of growth in the sport, believing it should be played in more non-traditional markets that will make the sport more valuable for all concerned.

 “We need to grow in China and other places. It is a plan that has to include India. Any globalisation will require investments from India,” Cameron said.

 “A team like the West Indies plays less international games in a year but their players are able to play in the best leagues around the world and then they come to play for the country.

 “That way players make more money, their board will not have to spend money on retaining its best players and we focus on the continuous development of the sport with that money.

 We are living in a capitalist world. We are trying to talk about tradition versus what the players want. The players want to be paid.

 “Yes, Test cricket is great and it is a tradition and it will survive for another few years between the big countries but the truth is smaller counties like Afghanistan and Ireland should not be forced to play Test cricket until they can be competitive. You are wasting resources.”

 He continued: “This thing of trying to do more ICC events is not going to help the smaller countries because there is not enough space in the calendar. Test cricket should be a choice for smaller teams like Afghanistan and Ireland, it should not be mandatory.”

Picked for the Indian squad for the four-Test tour against the West Indies in 2016, KL Rahul played in the second Test at Jamaica and scored 158, his highest Test score then.

In the process, he became the first Indian opener to score a century in his debut Test in the West Indies.

In the first match of the T20I series in the United States, he scored a century off 46 balls in a losing cause, the second-fastest ever and fastest by an Indian. He also set the world record for being the only player to score a hundred in his first innings as an opener in both Tests and ODIs.

Rahul set the record for the fastest batsman to have scored centuries in all three formats in just 20 innings surpassing the record of Ahmed Shehzad who took 76 innings.

He is the first player in T20I history to score a century when batting at the number 4 position or lower (110*). On July 3, 2018, Rahul smashed his second T20 International ton against England. He is also the first Indian batsman to be dismissed hit-wicket in T20Is.

 

Career statistics (2013-present)

Full name: Kannaur Lokesh Rahul

Born: April 18, 1992, Bangalore, Karnataka (28)

Major teams:  India, Bangalore Brigadiers (Urban), India Under-19s, India Under-23s, Karnataka, Karnataka State Cricket Association Colts XI, Kings XI Punjab, Royal Challengers Bangalore, South Zone, Sunrisers Hyderabad

Playing role: Opening batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Fielding position: Wicketkeeper

 

T20I Career

Mat    Inns        NO         Runs      HS          Ave        BF           SR           100        50  

42           38           6        1461      110*      45.65     1000      146.10           2         11                        

 

T20 Career

Mat    Inns        NO         Runs      HS          Ave        BF           SR           100        50  

131        118        21         4076      110*      42.02     2908      140.16          3          33         

 

Career highlights

  • 1461 T20I runs scored at an average of 45.65
  • First T20I player to score a century when batting at number 4 position or lower
  • Fastest 50 in IPL history (14 balls)
  • One of three Indian batsmen to score a century in all formats (two T20I centuries)
  • 4076 T20 runs at 42.02

Quinton De Kock grew up as a baseball player and even considered a move to the United States, but his father convinced him to pursue cricket instead.

De Kock was contracted to the Lions in 2012-13 and caught the national selectors' eyes when he starred in a match-winning partnership with Neil McKenzie in the Champions League T20 against Mumbai Indians. He also finished fourth on the first-class rankings, despite playing only six of the 10 matches that summer.

He was selected for South Africa's T20I series against New Zealand in 2012-13 to keep wicket in place of AB de Villiers, who asked to be rested. But he did not make much of a first impression on the international stage. After a lean series in Sri Lanka in July 2013, he was dropped.

De Kock was eventually recalled and hit his stride in the shortest format, scoring his maiden half-century in the 2016 World T20. Along with two contributions in the 40s, he was South Africa's most successful batsman and was named to the ICC's team of the tournament.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Quinton de Kock - South Africa

Born: December 17, 1992, Johannesburg, Gauteng (27)

Major teams: South Africa, Cape Town Blitz, Cape Town Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils, Easterns, Gauteng, Gauteng Under-19s, King Edward VII High School, Lions, Mumbai Indians, North of South Africa, Royal Challengers Bangalore, South Africa A, South Africa Under-19s, South African Composite XI, South African Invitation XI, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Titans

Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style: Left-hand bat

 

T20I Career

Mat        Inns       NO         Runs      HS          Ave        BF              SR          100        50             

44           44           5           1226      79*        31.43     901        136.07           0           6             

T20 Career

Mat        Inns       NO         Runs      HS          Ave        BF              SR           100        50

184        178         13           5510      126*      33.39     3978         138.51          4         31

 

Career highlights

  • 1226 runs scored in T20I at an average of 31.43
  • ICC T20 World cup team of the tournament (2016)
  • Most runs by a South African at 2016 ICC T20 WC
  • Fastest South African to a T20I half-century (17 balls)
  • 5510 T20 runs at 33.39

Brutal and brilliant, Brendon McCullum is capable of destroying the best of bowling attacks.

A wicketkeeper-batsman, McCullum has been used throughout the New Zealand batting order, but whenever he arrives at the crease it's impossible to look away.

He was responsible for getting the IPL off to an electrifying start, lighting up the tournament's first match with 158 and showing what the format had to offer. And he reprised that style in Tests too - striking the fastest century in the format's history in his final match.

He also became the second man, after Chris Gayle, to score a Twenty20 international century when he brazenly scooped 155kph offerings from Shaun Tait and Dirk Nannes over the wicketkeeper's head in Christchurch in 2009-10.

 

Career statistics (T20s 2005-present)

Full Name: Brendon Barrie McCullum

Born: September 27, 1981, Dunedin, Otago (38)

Major teams:  New Zealand, Brisbane Heat, Canterbury, Chennai Super Kings, Glamorgan, Gujarat Lions, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Kolkata Knight Riders, Lahore Qalandars, New South Wales, Otago, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sussex, Toronto Nationals, Trinbago Knight Riders, Warwickshire

Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

 

T20I Career

Mat        Inns        NO         Runs      HS          Ave        BF           SR           100        50         

71           70           10           2140      123        35.66     1571      136.21          2         13         

T20 Career

Mat        Inns        NO         Runs      HS          Ave        BF           SR           100        50 

370        364           33           9922      158*      29.97     7269      136.49          7         55

Career highlights

  • 6th most runs all-time in T20I, 2140 avg. 35.66
  • 71 T20I caps for NZ
  • Record for the highest runs scored at a T20 WC (123)
  • 1st player to score 1,000 T20I runs
  • Has scored a century in all three formats of the game
  • First player to score two T20I tons
  • New Zealand T20 Player of the Year (2012/13)
  • 3rd most runs scored in T20 matches (9922 at 29.97)
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