WATCH: Afghanistan's Hazratullah Zazai becomes third T20 player to hit six sixes in one over

Afghanistan’s Hazratullah Zazai has become only the third batsmen in Twenty20 history to hit six sixes in an over. (Screenshot: ICC)
Updated 15 October 2018

WATCH: Afghanistan's Hazratullah Zazai becomes third T20 player to hit six sixes in one over

  • Zazai opened the batting for Kabul Zwanan chasing a massive 245 in their match against Balkh Legends
  • Struck 37 off six balls and a wide delivery in the Afghanistan Premier League

SHARJAH: Afghanistan’s Hazratullah Zazai has become only the third batsmen in Twenty20 history to hit six sixes in an over, as he struck 37 off six balls and a wide delivery in the Afghanistan Premier League.
Zazai opened the batting for Kabul Zwanan chasing a massive 245 in their match against Balkh Legends, who had Chris Gayle’s 48-ball 80 to thank for their imposing total.
Zazai's heorics pushed Kabul to 70 for no loss in just four overs and looking likely to push Balkh all the way.

In the process, Zazai also brought up his half-century off just 12 balls, equalling the record for the fastest T20 half-century jointly held by Yuvraj Singh and Gayle. In the end, though, it was not enough as Kabul only managed to reach 223/7 in their 120 balls.
The 20-year-old Zazai, who recently made his one-day international debut against Ireland, told the ICC that it was a "proud moment".
"It is a very enjoyable moment for me that my name is now linked to so many big names of the game, who are really legends of the game," he said after the match.
"It was a surreal moment for me to perform in front of my idol (Gayle). I was just trying to play my natural game and did not in any way think of outshining anyone."

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OTHER SIX SIXES IN AN OVER

Garry Sobers against Malcolm Nash for Nottinghamshire v Glamorgan, 1968 (First Class)

Ravi Shastri against Tilak Raj Mumbai v Baroda, 1985 (First Class)

Herschelle Gibbs against Dan van Bunge for South Africa v Netherlands, 2007 (ODI)

Yuvraj Singh against Stuart Broad for India v England, 2007 (T20I)

Ross Whiteley against Karl Carver for Worcestershire v Yorkshire, 2017 (T20)

 


Milan turn to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, Liverpool to revive glory

Updated 09 July 2020

Milan turn to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, Liverpool to revive glory

ROME: Preparing to complete a ninth Serie A campaign without winning the Scudetto, AC Milan decided returning to the pinnacle of football required a new approach.

Jay-Z’s entertainment agency Roc Nation is at the center of it, linking up with Milan to scour the world for sponsors and use concerts and other high-profile events to attract new fans.

And who better to ask about how to end a title drought than the team that just won their league for the first time in 30 years?

“We have been talking to Liverpool,” Milan chief revenue officer Casper Stylsvig told The Associated Press, “because they’ve been through the same path as we are going through now.”

Milan are enduring their longest Serie A drought since the 1980s. Despite beating leader Juventus on Tuesday, even the top four Champions League places are out of reach in this pandemic-delayed season. It’s been seven years since Milan last competed in Europe’s elite competition.

“We’re working very hard to get back to where we should be, and from that perspective, it does help open doors when you have won seven Champions Leagues,” Stylsvig said. 

“Playing European football is top of the agenda. It is our natural habitat and somewhere we should be.”

Only Real Madrid has lifted the European Cup more often than Milan. But that seventh title was won 13 years ago, by beating Liverpool.

Now Liverpool are the lodestar for Milan, which have fallen to 21st in the Deloitte ranking of football’s moneymakers with revenue of €206.3 million  ($234 million) in the last financial year, a third of the income at the newly crowned Premier League champions.

“Four, five years ago, no one considered Liverpool and see where they are now,” Stylsvig said. “They obviously play very attractive football. They are winning, they have a fantastic manager, a fantastic team and now they are following suit from a commercial perspective. It has taken time, but their model seems to work.”

Liverpool have been run for a decade by John Henry’s Fenway Sports Group. Milan have also had American ownership for three years since the takeover by the Elliott Management hedge fund.

“We are obviously a global brand,” Stylsvig said in a telephone interview. “I’ve probably been talking too much in the Italian market in the last few years and (the coronavirus) sort of pushed us to think more global again.”

The pandemic that shut down sports produced the first public manifestation of the partnership with Roc Nation when Milan staged a live virtual fundraising concert headlined by Alicia Keys.

“I do think merging sport and entertainment could be the way of engaging new fans,” Stylsvig said. “The world has changed dramatically and we need to follow suit. Roc Nation is helping us, challenging us with that, having someone on the sideline to do that.”

The biggest audiences logging in to watch “From Milan with Love” were from China and the US.

With no games being played during the three-month Serie A shutdown — and crowds still prohibited from matches — Milan have had to find new ways of connecting with its fan base and fulfilling commercial deals.

“It’s been incredibly challenging,” Stylsvig said. “You basically have to rethink the model. So one of the first things we did was focusing much more on a digital space, creating content and trying to be engaging and trying to talk to our partners.”

Further down the line is moving into a new stadium, with plans to rebuild the San Siro it shares with Inter Milan.

“That will change the club,” Stylsvig said. “The revenues are incredibly important but also for the perception of the club.”