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O’Brien showers praise on Afif ‘the next Gayle or Pollard’

Former Ireland player and current cricket commentator Niall O’Brien believes Afif Hossain could be the next big-hitting star.

Afif will play for Bangladeshi based team Bangla Tigers in the Abu Dhabi T10 League 2021. His power-hitting and fielding skills could potentially play big part in the short tournament.

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“We love Gayle. We love Pollard. We love these players. But actually it’s unearthing the next Chris Gayle or the next Kieron Pollard. The yougsters are coming through. There’s a guy from Bangladesh – Afif Hossain. Left handed batsman, exceptional. He’s tallish, very slim and he just absolutely smashes the ball over legside,” O’Brien said in a video posted by Bangla Tigers on Facebook.

“Beautiful timer of the ball. I saw him two or three years ago in the BPL in Dhaka and Chattogram. He’s a wonderful player. I’m looking forward to watch him play.”

The 21-year-old has Bangladeshi teammate Mahedi in his team. Both were Bangladesh ODI squad for West Indies series.

In last year’s Bangabandhu T20 Cup, Afif made 188 runs at a strike rate of 146.87 with two fifties in nine matches for Fortune Barishal.

Afif was named as the icon for Bangla Tigers and later vice-captain. Andre Fletcher will lead the team. Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Johnson Charles, Mohammad Irfan and Isuru Udana make up a strong line-up.

Bangla Tigers will face Dwayne Bravo’s Delhi Bulls in the third match of the day at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.

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