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World Cup Blog: Afghan superhero called Shapoor Zadran

By Rediff Sports Desk
March 04, 2015 09:20 IST
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A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup

Shapoor Zadran

Shapoor Zadran of Afghanistan celebrates a wicket. Photograph: Martin Hunter/Getty Images

“My height is very big, my hair is very big and I have too much style,” Shapoor Zadran, tells you in broken English, the reason why Afghanistan World Cup jerseys with his name on it are flying off the counter of official merchandise shops.

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Stuart Broad: Suffering broken nose while batting has given me nightmares

Stuart Broad

Indian fielders attend to England batsman Stuart Broad after he is hit, by a Varun Aaron delivery, through the grill of his helmet in the fourth Test at Old Trafford on August 9 2014. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Stuart Broad has admitted he is still having nightmares about enduring a broken nose while batting last summer and is working with a sports psychologist to conquer the problem.

Broad had surgery to repair damage to his face after being struck between the peak of the helmet and the grille by a short ball from India fast bowler Varun Arun in the third Test at Old Trafford. He wore a mask in the next match at the Oval to protect the injury but the nightmares did not begin until after he had surgery on his knee in September.

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England cricket team 'are too nice', says Stuart Broad

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The England team sing the national anthem. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

There has been a lot of focus on "positive influences" and the right characters playing for England in recent times but, as the team come to terms with their World Cup predicament, there is a growing sense this bunch are too nice for their own good.

Stuart Broad admitted that is part of the problem as England contemplate how to recover this World Cup campaign before it is too late.

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