QPlay: Kapil Dev Praises Kohli, Imran Khan to Mentor in PSL & More

All the latest sports news in The Quint’s morning wrap.

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File photo of Virat Kohli. (Photo: AP)

1. Kapil Dev Lauds Virat Kohli

Former Indian World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev said that India’s Test skipper Virat Kohli has the perfect attitude for the tour of Australia. The Baggy Greens are known for their aggression and Kapil Dev feels that Virat Kohli can match them in every step.

Virat has an attitude of a fast bowler despite being a batsman. With Australia you need to be aggressive and in your face. Teams of the past didn’t have that attitude of looking into the opposition’s eye. This was started by Sourav Ganguly who got a good team and despite being a Bengali was aggressive.
Kapil Dev
(Photo: Reuters)
(Photo: Reuters)

2. Imran Khan to Mentor Peshawar in PSL

Cricket legend-turned-politician Imran Khan has agreed to mentor the Peshawar franchise in the upcoming Pakistan Super League.

Javed Afridi, who owns the Peshawar Zalmi franchise, confirmed that Imran will be the mentor for the side and provide guidance and vision to the team led by Shahid Afridi.

Imran Khan has become the mentor of our team and we are overjoyed with this development as he represents the best of Pakistan cricket and we will benefit immensely from his guidance and advice.
Javed Afridi, Owner, Peshawar Zalmi Franchise
(Photo: Reuters)
(Photo: Reuters)

3. Mohammad Amir Eligible for National Team Selection: PCB

Tainted pacer Mohammad Amir is eligible for national team selection though it’s up to the selectors to pick him or not, the Pakistan Cricket Board said on Wednesday. The Pakistan Cricket Board issued a press statement in which it apparently tried to pave the way for an expected return to the national side for left-arm pacer Aamir.

After serving his six-month probation, Amir has been participating in domestic first class cricket with success. He has also performed well in BPL. Accordingly, Amir has been called to fitness camp which will enable him to bond with the national players. His selection for the national team, for which he is eligible, would depend on the selectors.
PCB Statement
(Photo: Reuters)
(Photo: Reuters)

4. Former England Defender and Coach Don Howe Dies

Former England defender and respected coach, Don Howe, passed away at the age of 80, the Football Association said on Wednesday. Howe played 23 matches for England and was also part of the World Cup squad in 1958.

After finishing his club career, during which he played 379 times for West Bromwich Albion and 74 times for Arsenal, Howe established himself as one of the country’s top coaches.

(Photo: Reuters)
(Photo: Reuters)

5. Robin Soderling Retires

Two-time French Open finalist Robin Soderling has decided to retire at the age of 31 due to an illness.

The big-serving Swede, who ended Rafael Nadal’s 31-match winning streak at the French Open in 2009, has never fully recovered from contracting glandular fever in 2011, when he last played competitively.

His highest ATP world ranking was number four and he finishes his career with a pretty impressive win/loss record of 310-170.

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