ECB Releases Saqib Mahmood From England’s Test Squad, Bowler Will Return To The Hundred

Saqib Mahmood (PHoto- Twitter)
Saqib Mahmood (PHoto- Twitter)

On Thursday, England pace bowler Saqib Mahmood was released from England’s Test squad that is currently playing India in the ongoing second Test at Lord’s in London.

Mahmood was included as a backup bowler ahead of the second Test but the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in its statement mentioned that the Lancashire player is released and he will be joining back Oval Invincibles in The Hundred tournament.

Saqib Mahmood (PHoto- Twitter)
Saqib Mahmood (PHoto- Twitter)

ECB released Saqib Mahmood from England’s Test Squad

“Saqib Mahmood has been released from the England Men’s Test squad and will return to Oval Invincibles for their The Hundred match against London Spirit on Saturday,” ECB said in a statement.

England suffered a heavy blow after senior pacer Stuart Broad was ruled out of the Test series as he endured a calf injury. Durham bowler Mark Wood replaced Broad at Lord’s in England’s bowling attack led by James Anderson.

Anderson picked two wickets of Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara with Ollie Robinson getting the better of Indian skipper Virat Kohli in the wee hours of the day’s gameplay. KL Rahul’s stunning knock of 127* kept India ahead of their opponents as they ended the day with the score reading 276/3.

Saqib Mahmood
Saqib Mahmood. Credits: Twitter

The 24-year-old Mahmood impressed everyone in the Pakistan series where he was the highest wicket-taker among both teams. Mahmood rattled Pakistan’s top-order in the first ODI to return with the figures of 4/42 as the visitors were bowled out for 141.

Mahmood has picked five wickets in as many games for Oval Invincibles in The Hundred. The Invincibles will play their next game against London Spirit on Friday (August 14).

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