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For the first time, three Muslim players included in England cricket team

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For the first time, three Muslim players included in England cricket team

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For the first time ever in the history of English cricket, three Muslim were part of the playing eleven. Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid were part of the playing eleven with Lancashire pacer Saqib Mahmood making his ODI debut for England. Interestingly all three are of Pakistani-Kashmiri origin, with Moeen hailing from Birmingham, Adil from Bradford and Saqib, who was born in Birmingham and raised in Rochdale to parents who emigrated from Pakistan.

England won the match by two wickets to level the series 1-1 with all three players playing a part in the victory. Batting first the Proteas scored 256-7 in their 50 overs. Saqib opened the bowling for England and picked up a wicket conceding 17 runs in five overs. South Africa’s Reeza Hendricks was Saqib’s first scalp in ODIs. On the other hand, England’s spinning bowling duo Moeen and Adil playing together for the first time since the World Cup July last year, bowled their quota of 10 overs each. Moeen picked up one wicket for 42 while Adil picked up three wickets for 51 runs.

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