کستانی کرکٹ کا پہلا اصول
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کستانی کرکٹ کا پہلا اصول
بیٹنگ کے وقت بولنگ کا آسرا، بولنگ کے وقت دعاؤں کا ۔
Pakistan has never beaten India in World Cups or World T20s, but has beaten them in ICC U19 World Cups, Champions Trophies and Asia Cups.
Pakistan defeated India by 5 wickets with 5 balls remaining during the warm up fixture at this very venue in Colombo 13 days before this fixture.
The two Pakistan-India games that have been played in this format were over 5 years ago. One was won by 5 runs and the other was tied with India taking the points courtesy of a bowl out.
India hasn’t won a super eight game in World T20s since 2007, losing all 3 matches in 2009 and 2010 during the second phase of the tournament and subsequently finishing last in their super 8 pool, unable to progress further in the championship.
Pakistan last beat India in a full on official international on 26th September 2009 during the Champions Trophy in South Africa.
Pakistan and India both played their first game in World T20s against each other, on the same day Rahul Dravid stepped down as Indian captain in the other formats of the game.
When they last met in this format Shoaib Malik was captaining the greens with Geoff Lawson as coach.
India in Twenty20 internationals this year: Played 8 | Won 4 | Lost 3 | NR 1
Pakistan in Twenty20 internationals this year: Played 11 | Won 6 | Lost 4 | Tied 1
Hafeez has captained in 8 Twenty20 internationals, winning 5, losing 2 and 1 will go down as tied officially (although Pakistan won the super-over)
The Pakistan Super League (PSL) ( ) is a professional Twenty20 cricket franchise league in Pakistancomposed of 5 member clubs. Headquartered in Lahore, the PSL is the major professional cricket league in Pakistan..
Instead of operating as an association of independently owned teams, the PSL is a single entity in which each franchise is owned and controlled by the league’s investors. The early commercial rights of franchises were sold for PKR 985 Crores ($93 million) for a span of 10 years in December 2015.
The first winner for PSL was Islamabad United.
In September 2015, the Pakistan Cricket Board officially announced the launch of the Pakistan Super League. Former Pakistan cricket team captains Wasim Akram and Rameez Raja signed up to become brand ambassadors of the league for three years. They will promote PSL and will enhance the image of Pakistan in world
After several years of planning, the league officially began on 4 February 2016, in the United Arab Emirates, after the suspension of operations of its predecessor organization, the Haier T20 Cup. The first season included five teams nominally based in Pakistani cities. 
The first season of the league features players from 11 different countries. Pakistanis have historically constituted the majority of the players in domestic T20 competitions, but the PSL has a higher percentage of international players. The league uses the draft system for player recruitment, similar to that of the National Football League in the United States, as opposed to the auction system used in some other T20 leagues. 
The PSL’s official logo and anthem were launched on 20 September 2015 in a ceremony in Lahore. The anthem, Ab Khel Ke Dikha, was sung by Ali Zafar and the PSL logo was revealed by 3Di. The ceremony was attended by current and retired cricketers, as well as Pakistani celebrities.
The first season of the PSL will be played in a double round-robin format. Every team will play each other twice and the top 4 will qualify for a series of playoff games. The top 2 teams will play the first qualifier, and the next two will play an eliminator. The loser of the first qualifier and the winner of the eliminator will meet in the second qualifier. The final will be between winners of both qualifiers.
The PSL follows rules and regulations dictated by the ICC. Points in the group stage are awarded as follows:
|No Result||1 Point|
In the event of tied scores after both teams have faced their quota of overs, a super over will determine the winner, even in the group stage. In the group stage, teams will be ranked on the following criteria:
According to a Pakistan Cricket Board press release, around 20 parties showed an interest in buying franchises for the league before the first season. On 18 October 2015 the Board began accepting tenders for franchises with a deadline for bids of 15 November. According to a statement by the PCB, bid winners will be granted the rights to a franchise for a term of 10 years. Interested parties included the ARY Media Group, Omar Associates, Arif Habib Group, Haier, Mobilink as well as two international groups including Leonine Global Sports and the Qatar Lubricants Company (QALCO).
All five franchises for the first season of the league were sold on 3 December 2015 after seven presented formal proposals.
|Team||City||Owner||Price||Ten Year Agreement||Captain||Head Coach|
|Islamabad United||Islamabad, Capital Territory||Leonine Global Sports
(Ali Naqvi & Amna Naqvi)
|US$1.5 million||US$15 Million||Misbah-ul-Haq||Dean Jones|
|Karachi Kings||Karachi, Sindh||ARY Media Group
(Salman Iqbal, CEO)
|US$2.6 million||US$26 Million||Shoaib Malik||Mickey Arthur|
|Lahore Qalandars||Lahore, Punjab||Qatar Lubricants Company Limited
(Fawad Rana, MD)
|US$2.5 million||US$25 Million||Azhar Ali||Paddy Upton|
|Peshawar Zalmi||Peshawar, Khyber Pakthunkhwa||Haier Pakistan
(Javed Afridi, CEO)
|US$1.6 million||US$16 Million||Shahid Afridi||Mohammad Akram|
|Quetta Gladiators||Quetta, Balochistan||Omar Associates
(Nadeem Omar, Director)
|US$1.1 million||US$11 Million||Sarfraz Ahmed||Moin Khan|
|Details||Host Nation(s)||Final Venue||Final|
United Arab Emirates
|Dubai International Cricket Stadium,
| Islamabad United
175/4 (18.4 overs)
|Islamabad United won by 6 wickets
| Quetta Gladiators
174/7 (20 overs)
The PSL’s title sponsorship was awarded to Habib Bank Limited for three years. Sponsorship deals associated with the league, including the title sponsorship, are estimated to be worth more than $6 million. Other sponsors include Brighto Paints, J. Triptym, Zong 4G, Cool and Cool, Giggly Boom Boom Bubble, ZIC Lubricant Oil, Huawei, PTCL, Qatar Airways, Mobilink and OLX.
Sunset + Vine were awarded rights as official broadcasters for the first four seasons of the league. Ten Sports, PTV Sports and Geo Super were awarded broadcast rights in Pakistan for the first three seasons. The value of the broadcasting deal was $15 million, with the PCB selling the global television rights to Tech Front, a United Arab Emirati group, for the same duration. Matches will be streamed live on YouTube in Pakistan. Viewers worldwide, excluding Pakistan and the Middle East, can live stream matches on cricketgateway.
|Pakistan||2016 – present||PTV Sports
|United Arab Emirates||2016 – present||OSN|
|United Kingdom||2016 – present||Prime TV|
|Bangladesh||2016 – present||Gazi TV|
|West Indies||2016 – present||Flow TV|
wenty20, often abbreviated to T20, is a form of cricket originally introduced in England and Wales for professional inter-county competition by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), in 2003. A Twenty20 game involves two teams, each has a single innings, batting for a maximum of 20 overs.
A Twenty20 game is completed in about three and half hours, with each innings lasting around 100 minutes (with a 10–20-minute interval), thus bringing the game closer to the timespan of other popular team sports. It was introduced to create a lively form of the game which would be attractive to spectators at the ground and viewers on television and as such it has been very successful. The ECB did not intend that Twenty20 would replace other forms of cricket and these have continued alongside it.
Since its inception the game has spread around the cricket world. On most international tours there is at least one Twenty20 match and all Test-playing nations have a domestic cup competition. The inaugural ICC World Twenty20 was played in South Africa in 2007 with India winning by five runs against Pakistan in the final. Pakistan won the second tournament in 2010, and England are the reigning champions after winning the 2011 title.
On 17 February 2005 Australia defeated New Zealand in the first men’s full international Twenty20 match, played at Eden Park in Auckland. The game was played in a light-hearted manner – both sides turned out in kit similar to that worn in the 1980s, the New Zealand team’s a direct copy of that worn by the Beige Brigade. Some of the players also sported moustaches/beards and hair styles popular in the 1980s taking part in a competition amongst themselves for best retro look, at the request of the Beige Brigade. Australia won the game comprehensively, and as the result became obvious towards the end of the NZ innings, the players and umpires took things less seriously – Glenn McGrath jokingly replayed the Trevor Chappell underarm incident from a 1981 ODI between the two sides, and Billy Bowden showed him a mock red card (red cards are not normally used in cricket) in response.
The first Twenty20 international in England was played between England and Australia at the Rose Bowl in Hampshire on 13 June 2005, which England won by a margin of 100 runs, a record victory which lasted until 2007.
On 9 January 2006 Australia and South Africa met in the first international Twenty20 game in Australia. In a first, each player’s nickname appeared on the back of his uniform, rather than his surname. The international match drew a crowd of 38,894 people at The Gabba. Australia convincingly won the match with man of the match Damien Martyn scoring 96 runs.
On 16 February 2006 New Zealand defeated West Indies in a tie-breaking bowl-out 3–0; 126 runs were scored apiece in the game proper. The game was the last international match played by Chris Cairns – NZC handed out life-size cardboard masks of his face to patrons as they entered the ground.
Every two years an ICC World Twenty20 tournament is to take place, except in the event of a ICC Cricket World Cup being scheduled in the same year, in which case it will be held the year before. The first tournament was in 2007 in South Africa where India defeated Pakistan in the final. Two Associate teams had played in the first tournament, selected through the 2007 ICC World Cricket League Division One, a 50-over competition. In December 2007 it was decided to hold a qualifying tournament with a 20-over format to better prepare the teams. With six participants, two would qualify for the 2009 World Twenty20 and would each receive $250,000 in prize money. The second tournament was won by Pakistan who beat Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in England on 21 June 2009. The 2010 ICC World Twenty20 tournament was held in West Indies in May 2010, where England defeated Australia by 7 wickets.The 2012 ICC World Twenty20 is spotted at Sri Lanka between 18 September – 7 October 2012. It will be the first time in Cricket history when a T20 World Cup tournament is going to take place in an Asian country. There are going to be 12 participants for the Title including Ireland and Afghanistan as 2012 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier.
Twenty20 match format is similar to limited overs cricket in that it involves two teams, each with a single innings, the key difference being each team bats for a maximum of 20 overs. In terms of visual format, the batting team members do not arrive from and depart to traditional dressing rooms, but come and go from a “bench” (typically a row of chairs) visible in the playing arena, analogous to association football’s “technical area” or a baseball “dugout”.
The Laws of cricket apply to Twenty20, with some exceptions:
+ Each bowler may bowl a maximum of only one-fifth of the total overs per innings. For a full, uninterrupted match, this is 4 overs.
+ Should a bowler deliver a no ball by overstepping the popping crease, it costs 1 run and his next delivery is designated a “free-hit”. In this circumstance the batsman can only be dismissed through a run out, hitting the ball twice, obstructing the field or handling the ball.
+The following fielding restrictions apply:
– No more than five fielders can be on the leg side at any time.
– During the first six overs, a maximum of two fielders can be outside the 30-yard circle (this is known as the powerplay).
– After the first six overs, a maximum of five fielders can be outside the fielding circle.
+ If the fielding team does not start to bowl their 20th over within 75 minutes, the batting side is credited an extra six runs for every whole over bowled after the 75-minute mark; the umpire may add more time to this if he believes the batting team is wasting time.
Currently, if the match ends with the scores tied and there must be a winner, the tie is broken with a one over per side “Eliminator” or “Super Over”: Each team nominates three batsmen and one bowler to play a one-over per side “mini-match”, sometimes referred to as a “One1”. In turn, each side bats one over bowled by the one nominated opposition bowler, with their innings over if they lose two wickets before the over is completed. The side with the higher score from their Super Over wins.
Tied Twenty20 matches were previously decided by a “bowl-out”.
Twenty20 Internationals have been played since 2005. To date, 17 nations have played the format, including all test playing nations.
Nations with Date of T20I debut
Australia 17 February 2005
New Zealand 17 February 2005
England 13 June 2005
South Africa 21 October 2005
West Indies 16 February 2006
Sri Lanka 15 June 2006
Pakistan 28 August 2006
Bangladesh 28 November 2006
Zimbabwe 28 November 2006
India 1 December 2006
Kenya 1 September 2007
Scotland 12 September 2007
Netherlands 2 August 2008
Ireland 2 August 2008
Canada 2 August 2008
Bermuda 3 August 2008
Afghanistan 2 February 2010
The India–Pakistan cricket rivalry is one of the most intense sports rivalries in the world. An India-Pakistan cricket match has been estimated to attract up to one billion viewers, according to TV ratings firms and various other reports. The 2011 World Cup semifinal between the two teams attracted around 988 million television viewers.
The arch-rival relations between the two nations, resulting from the extensive communal violence and conflict that marked thePartition of British India into India and Pakistan in 1947 and the subsequent Kashmir conflict, laid the foundations for the emergence of an intense sporting rivalry between the two nations who had erstwhile shared a common cricketing heritage. The first Test series between the two teams took place in 1951-52, when Pakistan toured India. India toured Pakistan for the first time in 1954-55. Between 1962 and 1977, no cricket was played between the two countries owing to two major wars in 1965 and 1971. The 1999 Kargil War and the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks have also interrupted cricketing ties between the two nations.
The growth of large expatriate populations from India and Pakistan across the world led to neutral states like the United Arab Emirates and Canada hosting several bilateral and multilateral ODI series involving the two teams. Players in both teams routinely face intense pressure to win, and are threatened by extreme reactions in defeat. Extreme fan reactions to defeats in key matches such as in the ICC Cricket World Cup have been recorded, with a limited degree of violence and public disturbances. At the same time, India-Pakistan cricket matches have also offered opportunities for cricket diplomacy as a means to improve relations between the two countries by allowing heads of state to exchange visits and cricket followers from either country to travel to the other to watch the matches.
The partition of British India in 1947 that led to the creation of an independent India and Pakistan was characterised by intense and bloody conflict between Hindus, Muslims andSikhs that left one million people dead. An estimated ten million people migrated to the nation of their choice. The bloody legacy of the partition and the subsequent emergence of territorial disputes and wars being fought over them have all added to the growth of intense rivalries in field hockey, association football but especially in cricket, which had been developed during British colonial rule and is the most popular sport in both nations. Many of the players in the first post-independence teams of India and Pakistan had played together as team-mates in regional and local tournaments.
Pakistan became a permanent member of the International Cricket Council in 1948, and their tour of India was their first in Test cricket history. They lost the first Test in Delhi to India, but won the second Test in Lucknow, which led to an angry reaction from the home crowd against the Indian players. India clinched the Test series after winning the third Test in Bombay, but the intense pressure affected the players of both teams to the point that they pursued mainly defensive tactics that led to drawn matches and whole series without a victor. When India toured Pakistan in 1955, thousands of Indian fans were granted visas to go to the Pakistani city of Lahore to watch the Test match. But both the 1955 series and Pakistan’s tour of India in 1961 ended in a drawn series with no test yielding a winner or loser. Complaints about the fairness of umpires also became routine.
The Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 and subsequent Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 put a hold on India-Pakistan cricket that lasted till 1978, when India toured Pakistan and cricket resumed for a brief period. In the post-1971 period, politics became a direct factor in the holding of cricketing events. India has suspended cricketing ties with Pakistan several times following terrorist attacks or other hostilities. The resumption of cricketing ties in 1978 came with the emergence of heads of government in both India and Pakistan who were not directly connected with the 1971 war and coincided with their formal initiatives to normalize bilateral relations. Shortly after a period of belligerency during the Operation Brasstacks war games, Pakistani president Zia-ul-Haq was invited to watch the India-Pakistan test match being played in the Indian city of Jaipur. This form of cricket diplomacyhas occurred several times afterwards as well. Pakistan toured India in 1979, but an Indian tour of Pakistan in 1984 was cancelled mid-way due to the assassination of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
In the late 1980s and for most of the 1990s, India and Pakistan squared-off on neutral venues such as Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates and in Toronto, Canada, where large audiences of expatriates regularly watched them play. The series between the teams in Canada in the 1990s and early 2000s were officially known as the “Friendship Cup”. Sharjah even though a neutral venue was considered as the “back yard of Pakistan” given the close proximity and the massive support the team generated.
In 1999, immediately following Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee‘s historic visit to Pakistan, the Pakistani team toured India for Test matches and played in an ODI competition before the Kargil War again put bilateral relations in deep freeze. Prime Minister Vajpayee’s peace initiative of 2003 led to India touring Pakistan after a gap of almost 15 years. Subsequent exchange tours were held in 2005 and 2006 before the 2008 Mumbai attacks led to the suspension of India’s planned tour of Pakistan in 2009 and all future engagements in Pakistan. India was scheduled to begin the tour of Pakistan from 13 January to 19 February 2009, but was cancelled because of the tension existing between the two countries after the terrorist attacks in Mumbai.
The rise of domestic terrorism led to Pakistan not hosting international cricket since the Sri Lankan team was attacked in 2009, and Pakistan was stripped of its co-host status for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. India and Pakistan qualified for the first semi-final in Chandigarh, India, and the Indian government invited the Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to watch the match along with his Indian counterpart, Dr. Manmohan Singh. Bilateral ties finally resumed when BCCI invited the Pakistan national team to tour India for 3 ODIs and 2 T20s in December 2012. The three ODIs were held in New Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai with Ahmedabad and Bangalore hosted two Twenty20 fixtures.
In March 2013, 66 Kashmiri students studying at Swami Vivekanand Subharti University in Meerut, India were expelled and briefly threatened with sedition charges because they cheered for the Pakistani cricket team during a televised match against India at the Asia Cup.
The first ever test match between India and Pakistan was played at Delhi from 16–19 October 1952. It was a four-day test, India required just three days to beat Pakistan by an innings and 70 runs. India won the 5-match series 2–1. The following two test series of 5 tests each were draws. Pakistan’s first series win against India came after 26 years, in the 1978–79 series.
Even though winning a cricket match in backyard of opposition country in cricket is rare, Pakistan is having a complete dominance over India in India. Pakistan won 19 matches in Indian soil while India won 11 matches in India. India has always beaten Pakistan in World Cup clashes. Pakistan leads India in the number of wins in Tests (12–9) and One Day Internationals (72–51). While India leads Pakistan in T20s (4-1).
India has continued its World Cup winning streak by beating Pakistan in their 2015 World Cup Match on 15 February 2015 by 76 runs. India leads Pakistan 22-12 in Major World Level/ Tournament matches mainly due to the 10-0 margin in World Cup matches be it 50 over or T20 World Cups.India dominates Pakistan once again in the International/ World Level Trophy wins 13-6, Pakistan similarly outperforms India 13-5 in other ICC held events. Pakistan lead India by a margin of 51-28 in matches played at India,Pakistan and Sharjah. India have a small advantage over Pakistan 23-21 in matches played at other neutral venues spread over Australia, England, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and South Africa.
While Pakistan has been completely dominant in both Tests (12 vs. 9) and ODIs (72 vs. 51), India has an upperhand in the shortest format (4 vs. 1). Even though winning a cricket match in backyard of opposition country in cricket is rare, Pakistan is having a complete dominance over India in India. Pakistan won 19 matches in Indian soil while India won 11 matches in India.
† The 2007 ICC World Twenty20 match between the teams ended in a tie, but India was awarded the points as a result of a Bowl Out. The match result was officially recorded as a tie.
Results of Matches played in Major International / World Level Tournaments 
|Cricket World Cup||6||0|
|World Championship of Cricket||2||3|
|Silver Jubilee Independence Cup- Bangladesh||3||3|
|Pepsi Independence Cup- India||0||4|
|Australian Tri Series||1||5|
Major International/ World Level Tournaments Won
|Cricket World Cup||2||1|
|Under-19 World Cup||3||2|
Other Tournaments Won
|Asian Test Championship||0||1|
|World Championship- 1985||1||1|
|MRF Nehru Cup – 1989||0||1|
|Tri- Series Australia||1||1|
|Silver Jubilee Independence Cup-1998||1||1|
|Austral- Asia Cup||0||3|
|Coco Cola Cup||0||2|
|Singer World Series||1||1|
|Sharjah Champions Trophy||0||1|
|Women’s World Twenty20||0||0|
|Women’s Asia Cup||5||0|
|Series||Years||Host||First match||Tests||IND||PAK||Drawn/No Result||Winner|
|1||1952–53||India||16 October 1952||5||2||1||2||India|
|2||1954–55||Pakistan||1 January 1955||5||0||0||5||Drawn|
|3||1960–61||India||2 December 1960||5||0||0||5||Drawn|
|4||1978–79||Pakistan||16 October 1978||3||0||2||1||Pakistan|
|5||1979–80||India||21 November 1979||6||2||0||4||India|
|6||1982–83||Pakistan||10 December 1982||6||0||3||3||Pakistan|
|7||1983–84||India||14 September 1983||3||0||0||3||Drawn|
|8||1984–85||Pakistan||17 October 1984||2||0||0||2||Drawn|
|9||1986–87||India||3 February 1987||5||0||1||4||Pakistan|
|10||1989–90||Pakistan||15 November 1989||4||0||0||4||Drawn|
|11||1998–99||India||28 January 1999||2||1||1||0||Drawn|
|12||1998–99||India||20 February 1999||1||0||1||0||Pakistan|
|13||2003–04||Pakistan||28 March 2004||3||2||1||0||India|
|14||2004–05||India||8 March 2005||3||1||1||1||Drawn|
|15||2005–06||Pakistan||13 January 2006||3||0||1||2||Pakistan|
|16||2007–08||India||22 November 2007||3||1||0||2||India|
|Series||Years||Host||First match||ODIs||IND||PAK||Tie/No Result||Winner||Notes|
|1||1978–79||Pakistan||1 October 1978||3||1||2||0||Pakistan|
|2||1982–83||Pakistan||3 December 1982||4||1||3||0||Pakistan|
|3||1983–84||India||10 September 1983||2||2||0||0||India|
|4||1984–85||Pakistan||12 October 1984||2||0||1||1||Pakistan|
|5||1986–87||India||27 January 1987||6||1||5||0||Pakistan|
|6||1989–90||Pakistan||16 December 1989||3||0||2||1||Pakistan|
|7||1996||Canada||16 September 1996||5||2||3||0||Pakistan|
|8||1997||Canada||13 September 1997||5||4||1||0||India|
|9||1997–98||Pakistan||28 September 1997||3||1||2||0||Pakistan|
|10||1998||Canada||12 September 1998||5||1||4||0||Pakistan|
|11||2003–04||Pakistan||13 March 2004||5||3||2||0||India|
|12||2004–05||India||13 November 2004||1||0||1||0||Pakistan|
|13||2004–05||India||2 April 2005||6||2||4||0||Pakistan||Shahid Afridi nine 6s in ODI #5|
|14||2005–06||Pakistan||6 February 2006||5||4||1||0||India|
|15||2005–06||UAE||18 April 2006||2||1||1||0||Drawn|
|16||2007–08||India||5 November 2007||5||3||2||0||India|
|17||2012–13||India||30 December 2012||3||1||2||0||Pakistan|
The table contains details and results only of matches played between India and Pakistan in the respective series and not matches with other teams involved in the series.
|S. No.||Series/Tournament||Host||Other Teams||First Match||ODIs||IND||PAK||Tie/No Result||Series Winner|
|2||Rothmans Four-Nations Cup 1984–85||UAE||Australia, England||22 March 1985||1||1||0||0||India|
|3||World Championship of Cricket1984–85||Australia||Australia, England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and West Indies||12 October 1984||2||2||0||0||India|
|4||Rothmans Sharjah Cup 1985–86||UAE||West Indies||17 November 1985||1||0||1||0||West Indies|
|5||Austral-Asia Cup 1986||UAE||Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka||18 April 1986||1||0||1||0||Pakistan|
|6||Champions Trophy 1986–87||UAE||Sri Lanka, West Indies||5 December 1986||1||0||1||0||West Indies|
|7||Sharjah Cup 1986–87||UAE||Australia, England||10 April 1987||1||0||1||0||England|
|8||Champions Trophy 1988–89||UAE||West Indies||19 October 1988||1||0||1||0||West Indies|
|10||Champions Trophy 1989–90||UAE||West Indies||15 October 1989||2||0||2||0||Pakistan|
|11||Nehru Cup) 1989–90||India||Australia, England, Sri Lanka, West Indies||28 October 1989||1||0||1||0||Pakistan|
|12||Austral-Asia Cup 1990||UAE||Australia, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Sri Lanka||27 April 1990||1||0||1||0||Pakistan|
|13||Wills Trophy 1991–92||UAE||West Indies||18 October 1991||3||1||2||0||Pakistan|
|14||Austral-Asia Cup 1994||UAE||Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, UAE||15 April 1994||2||0||2||0||Pakistan|
|15||Singer World Series 1994||Sri Lanka||Australia, Sri Lanka||15 April 1994||1†||0||0||0||India|
|17||Singer Cup 1995–96||Singapore||Sri Lanka||5 April 1996||1||0||1||0||Pakistan|
|18||1996 Pepsi Sharjah Cup||UAE||South Africa||12 April 1996||2||1||1||0||South Africa|
|19||Pepsi Independence Cup 1997||India||New Zealand, Sri Lanka||21 May 1997||1||0||1||0||Sri Lanka|
|21||Champions Trophy 1997–98||UAE||England, West Indies||14 December 1997||1||0||1||0||England|
|22||Silver Jubilee Independence Cup 1997–98||Bangladesh||Bangladesh||11 January 1998||4||3||1||0||India|
|23||Pepsi Cup 1998–99||India||Sri Lanka||24 March 1999||3||0||3||0||Pakistan|
|24||Coca-Cola Cup 1998–99||UAE||England||8 April 1999||3||1||2||0||Pakistan|
|25||Carlton & United Series 1999-00||Australia||Australia||10 January 2000||4||1||3||0||Australia|
|26||Coca-Cola Cup 1999-00||UAE||South Africa||23 March 2000||2||1||1||0||Pakistan|
|28||Kitply Cup 2008||Bangladesh||Bangladesh||10 June 2008||2||1||1||0||Pakistan|
|679-7 d||Pakistan||Gaddafi Stadium||2005/06|
|675-5 d||India||Multan Cricket Stadium||2003/04|
|Last updated: 27 November 2011|
|116||Pakistan||M. Chinnaswamy Stadium||1986/87|
|126||India||Feroz Shah Kotla||1979/80|
|145||India||M. Chinnaswamy Stadium||1986/87|
|India||National Stadium, Karachi||1954/55|
|Last updated: 27 November 2011|
|Innings and 131 runs||India||Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium||2003/04|
|Innings and 119 runs||Pakistan||Niaz Stadium||1982/83|
|Innings and 86 runs||Pakistan||National Stadium, Karachi||1982/83|
|Innings and 70 runs||India||Feroz Shah Kotla||1952/53|
|Innings and 52 runs||India||Multan Cricket Stadium||2003/04|
|Last updated: 27 November 2011|
|341 runs||Pakistan||National Stadium, Karachi||2005/06|
|212 runs||India||Feroz Shah Kotla||1998/99|
|195 runs||India||Eden Gardens||2004/05|
|168 runs||Pakistan||M. Chinnaswamy Stadium||2004–05|
|131 runs||India||Wankhede Stadium||1979/80|
|Last updated: 27 November 2011|
|1||356–9 (50 overs)||India||Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam||5 April 2005|
|2||349–7 (50 overs)||India||National Stadium, Karachi||13 March 2004|
|3||344–8 (50 overs)||Pakistan||National Stadium, Karachi||13 March 2004|
|4||330–4 (47.5 overs)||India||Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium||18 March 2012|
|5||330–8 (50 overs)||India||Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium||10 June 2008|
|Source: Cricinfo.com. Last updated 18 March 2012.|
|1||79 (34.2 overs)||India||Jinnah Stadium Sialkot||13 October 1978|
|2||87 (32.5 overs)||Pakistan||Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium||22 March 1985|
|3||112 (30.2 overs)||India||Gaddafi Stadium||22 December 1989|
|4||116 (45.0 overs)||Pakistan||Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club||14 September 1997|
|5||125 (45.0 overs)||India||Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium||16 April 1999|
|Source: Cricinfo.com. Last updated 18 March 2012.|
|2,474 (66 innings)||Sachin Tendulkar||1989–2012|
|2,403 (64 innings)||Inzamam-ul-Haq||1992–2006|
|2,002 (48 innings)||Saeed Anwar||1989–2003|
|2,005 (55 innings)||Rahul Dravid||1996–2012|
|1,657 (59 innings)||Mohammad Azharuddin||1985–2000|
|Last updated: 3 January 2013|
|194||Saeed Anwar||M. A. Chidambaram Stadium||21 May 1997|
|183||Virat Kohli||Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium||18 March 2012|
|148||Mahendra Singh Dhoni||ACA-VDCA Stadium||5 April 2005|
|143||Shoaib Malik||R. Premadasa Stadium||25 July 2004|
|141||Sachin Tendulkar||Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium||16 March 2004|
|Last updated: 18 March 2012|
|Last updated: 3 January 2013|
After the partition in 1947, Pakistan emerged to play cricket. But India had already been playing cricket matches pre-independence. Three players have played for Pakistan after appearing for India. They are:
Although Pakistan was created in 1947, Gul Mohammad continued to represent India until 1955, and played for India against Pakistan in Pakistan’s first tour of India in 1951-52.
March 26, 2011 at 10:58 am (Uncategorized)
Test status granted 1952
First Test match v India at Delhi, October 1952
Coach Bob Woolmer
Official ICC Test and ODI ranking 3rd (Test), 4th (ODI)
– this year 329
Last Test match v South Africa at Cape Town, 10 December 2006
– this year 103/87
As of 27 February 2007
The Pakistani cricket team is a national cricket team representing Pakistan. It is administrated by the Pakistan Cricket Board. Pakistan is a full member of the International Cricket Council with Test and one-day international status. As of 5 January 2007, Pakistan is ranked third in the ICC Test and fourth place in the ICC ODI Championship
Following the Partition of India in 1947, and the establishment of the separate nation state of Pakistan, cricket in the country developed steadily and Pakistan was given Test Match status at a meeting of the Imperial Cricket Conference at Lord’s Cricket Ground on 28 July 1952 following recommendation by India, which, being the successor state of the British Raj, did not have to go through such a process.
Pakistani™s first Test match was played in Delhi in October 1952 as part of a five Test series which India won 2-1. Pakistan made their first tour of England in 1954 and drew the series 1-1 after a memorable victory at The Oval in which fast bowler Fazal Mahmood took 12 wickets. Pakistani™s first home Test match was in Dacca in January 1955 against India, after which four more Test matches were played in Bahawalpur, Lahore, Peshawar and Karachi (all five matches in the series were drawn, the first such occurrence in test history).
The team is considered a strong but unpredictable team. Traditionally Pakistani cricket has been filled with players of great talent but limited discipline, making them a team which could play inspirational cricket one day and then perform less than ordinarily another day. Over the years, competitions between India and Pakistan have always been emotionally charged and provide for intriguing contests, as talented teams from both sides of the border elevate their game to new levels to produce high-quality cricket. Pakistani contest with India in the Cricket World Cup have seen packed stadiums and elevated atmospheres no matter where the World Cup has been held.
Ball tampering accusations re-surfaced with the forfeiture by the Pakistani team of the 4th Test against England at the Oval on 20 August 2006. On the fourth day of the Test, during England’s second innings, the ball began to late reverse swing for Umar Gul in particular, resulting in him dismissing Alastair Cook LBW to an inswinging yorker. Four overs later, on examining the ball, umpire Darrell Hair decided there was evidence that the ball had been tampered with. He consulted with the other umpire, Billy Doctrove, and penalised the Pakistani team for interfering with the condition of the ball, awarding five runs to England. Following the playing conditions for that Test, the England batsmen were allowed to choose a replacement ball from a selection of six provided.
Although play continued until the end of the afternoon session, the Pakistani team failed to reappear on time at the start of the third session in protest of what they believed to be an unjust and insensitive decision. As a result of the Pakistani team’s failure to appear at the field, the umpires awarded the test to England, cricket’s first and only forfeiture. However the Pakistani team was cleared of any wrongdoing when further proceedings saw captain Inzamam-ul-Haq found not guilty of ball tampering. However, the team’s protest led to him being banned for four games on the charge of bringing the game of cricket into disrepute.
Immediately following the ball tampering controversy was the news that its front-line pace bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif had both tested positive for Nandrolone, the banned anabolic steroid. Though both denied any substance abuse, on November 1, 2006 both Akhtar and Asif were banned for a period of 2 years and 1 year respectively. However, both bowlers were successful in their appeals with the earlier bans being revoked, although the World Anti-Doping Agency has made an appeal in the International Court of Arbitration for Sport over the revoking of this ban.
World Cup ICC Champions Trophy Asia Cup
• 1975: First Round
• 1979: Semi Finals
• 1983: Semi Finals
• 1987: Semi Finals
• 1992: Champions
• 1996: Quarter Finals
• 1999: Runners Up
• 2003: First Round • 1998: Quarter Finals
• 2000: Semi Finals
• 2002: First Round
• 2004: Semi Finals
• 2006: First Round • 1984: Third Place
• 1986: Runners Up
• 1988: Third Place
• 1990/91: Did not participate
• 1995: Third Place
• 1997: Third Place
• 2000: Champions
• 2004: Third Place
Australasia Cup Asian Test Championship Commonwealth Games
• 1986: Champions
• 1990: Champions
• 1994: Champions • 1999: Champions
• 2001/02: Runners Up • 1998: First Round
1986 Australasia Cup
The 1986 Austral-Asia Cup, played in Sharjah, is remembered as a famous last-ball victory for Pakistan against arch-rivals India, with Javed Miandad emerging as a national hero.
India batted first and set a target of 245 runs, leaving Pakistan with a required run rate of 4.92 runs per over. Javed Miandad came in to bat at number 3, and Pakistan lost wickets at regular intervals, leading to what looked to be an easy Indian victory. Later recalling the match, Miandad stated that his main focus was to lose with dignity. With 31 runs needed in the last three overs, Miandad hit a string of boundaries while batting with his team’s lower order, until four runs were required from the last delivery of the match. Miandad received a leg side full toss from Chetan Sharma, which he hit for six over the midwicket boundary. The shot is still considered as one of the most historic moments in ODI cricket history.
1992 Cricket World Cup
The 1992 Cricket World Cup in Australia & New Zealand marked Pakistan’s first World Cup victory. It is remembered for the improbable comeback Pakistan made after losing key players such as Waqar Younis and Saeed Anwar, and being led by an injured captain in Imran Khan. Pakistan lost 4 of their first 5 matches and were nearly eliminated in the first round of the tournament after being bowled out for 74 against England, until the match was declared a “no result” due to rain. Captain Imran Khan famously told the team to play “as cornered tigers”, after which Pakistan won five successive matches, including, most famously, the semi-final against hosts New Zealand and the final against England.
1992 Cricket World Cup Semi Final
After winning the toss, New Zealand chose to bat first and ended with a total of 262, which was considered a very good score in 1992, when run rates were generally much lower. Pakistan batted conservatively yet lost wickets at regular intervals. With the departure of Imran Khan and Saleem Malik shortly thereafter, Pakistan still required 115 runs at a rate of 7.67 per over with veteran Javed Miandad being the only known batsman remaining at the crease. A young Inzamam ul-Haq, who had just turned 22 and was not a well-known player at the time, burst onto the international stage with a match-winning 60 off 37 balls. Once Inzamam got out, Pakistan required 36 from 30 balls, which wicketkeeper Moin Khan ended with a towering six over long off, followed by the winning boundary to midwicket. The match is seen as the emergence of Inzamam onto the international stage, and would later become the symbolic starting point of his rise to become Pakistan’s top batsman, replacing Miandad, the player with whom he shared his historic partnership.
Stadium City Test matches ODI matches
Jinnah Stadium Sialkot 4 9
Zafar Ali Stadium Sahiwal 0 2
Gaddafi Stadium Lahore 38 49
Ayub National Stadium Quetta 0 2
National Stadium Karachi 39 32
Niaz Stadium Hyderabad 5 6
Jinnah Stadium Gujranwala 1 11
Ibn-e-Qasim Bagh Stadium Multan 1 6
Arbab Niaz Stadium Peshawar 6 15
Iqbal Stadium Faisalabad 24 12
Pindi Club Ground Rawalpindi 1 2
Sargodha Stadium Sargodha 0 1
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium Rawalpindi 8 21
Bugti Stadium Quetta 0 1
Sheikhupura Stadium Sheikhupura 2 1
Multan Cricket Stadium Multan 5 4
Notes: Pakistan have a strong record at the National Stadium, Karachi, where they have won 21 of their 39 test matches and lost only 1 test match.
Pakistan’s Test captains:
Name Captaincy Period
Abdul Kardar 1952/53 – 1957/58
Fazal Mahmood 1958/59 – 1960/61
Imtiaz Ahmed 1959/60 – 1961/62
Javed Burki 1962
Hanif Mohammad 1964/65 – 1967
Saeed Ahmed 1968/69
Intikhab Alam 1969/70 – 1974/75
Majid Khan 1972/73
Mushtaq Mohammed 1976/77 – 1978/79
Wasim Bari 1977/78 – 1978
Asif Iqbal 1979/80
Javed Miandad 1979/80 – 1992/93
Imran Khan 1982 – 1991/92
Zaheer Abbas 1983/84 – 1984/85
Wasim Akram 1992/93 – 1999/00
Waqar Younis 1993/94 – 2002/03
Saleem Malik 1993/94 – 1994/95
Rameez Raja 1995/96 – 1996/97
Saeed Anwar 1996/97 – 1999/00
Aamer Sohail 1997/98 – 1998/99
Rashid Latif 1997/98 – 2003
Moin Khan 1998/99 – 2000/01
Inzamam-ul-Haq* 2000/01 – 2006/07
Mohammad Yousuf 2003/04 – 2004/05
Younis Khan 2005 – 2005/06
* Indicates current captain.
Notes: Kardar led the first Pakistani team to victory over all the Test playing nations of the 1950s, including historic victories over England in England in 1954, and against Australia in Karachi in 1956. Imran Khan led Pakistan to a World Cup victory in 1992 in Australia.
Notable Pakistani cricketers:
Famous Pakistani batsman;
• Hanif Mohammad
• Mushtaq Mohammad
• Saeed Ahmed
• Zaheer Abbas
• Asif Iqbal
• Majid Khan
• Sadiq Mohammad
• Javed Miandad
• Mudassar Nazar
• Shoaib Mohammad
• Mohsin Khan
• Aamer Sohail
• Saeed Anwar
• Saleem Malik
• Ijaz Ahmed
• Mohammad Yousuf
• Younis Khan
• Hanif Mohammad scored 337 against the West Indies in 1958, the first triple hundred by an Asian cricketer, and at the time the longest innings by any batsman in terms of time spent at the wicket.
• Hanif also held the record for the highest individual first class innings for just over 35 years, 499 runs, until Brian Lara scored 501 for Warwickshire in 1994.
• Saeed Anwar holds the record for scoring the highest ODI innings against the Indian cricket team (194) at Chennai in 1997.
• Mohammad Yousuf holds the record for the most Test match runs in a calendar year (1788), the most centuries in a calendar year (nine) and the most centuries in successive tests (six centuries in five successive tests).
Famous Pakistani fast bowlers;
• Imran Khan
• Wasim Akram
• Aaqib Javed
• Waqar Younis
• Fazal Mahmood
• Sarfraz Nawaz
• Shoaib Akhtar
• Mohammad Sami
• Rana Naved-ul-Hasan
• Umar Gul
• Mohammad Asif
• Wasim Akram has taken 502 ODI wickets, the most in ODI cricket.
• Shoaib Akhtar holds the record for the fastest delivery recorded, clocked at 100.2 Miles/H.
Famous Pakistani spin bowlers;
• Intikhab Alam
• Iqbal Qasim
• Abdul Qadir
• Mushtaq Ahmed
• Saqlain Mushtaq
• Danish Kaneria
• Tauseef Ahmed
• Shahid Afridi
• Saqlain Mushtaq is credited with inventing the delivery now known as the doosra, and is regarded as one of the best off-spin bowlers in cricket history
Well known Pakistani all-rounders
• Imran Khan
• Aamer Sohail
• Moin Khan
• Abdul Razzaq
• Shahid Afridi
• Kamran Akmal
• Shoaib Malik
• Wasim Akram
• Azhar Mahmood
• Shahid Afridi holds the record for the fastest ODI century reaching the milestone off just 37 balls and also equalled the second fastest ODI century (45 balls).
Reverse swing was first discovered by Sarfraz Nawaz in the 1970s, who then passed it on to another Pakistani bowler, Imran Khan. Khan mastered reverse swing and the evidence of reverse swing by him was seen in 1983 in a Test match against India at Karachi, where he took 5 wickets in 25 balls. Imran Khan subsequently passed this skill on to Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram who are considered to have been the finest exponents of the art.
On Pakistan’s 1992 tour of England, the England had no answer to the reverse swing, a new phenomenon to them. Pakistan won the series 2-1. The series was controversial one as the Pakistani team were accused of ball tampering, particularly by the English media.
Reverse swing soon expanded around the cricket world and more bowlers, including those from England, mastered the art.
Name Batting Style Bowling Style Domestic team
Inzamam-ul-Haq RHB Slow left-arm orthodox –
Younis Khan RHB Right-arm medium, Legbreak Yorkshire
Kamran Akmal RHB – –
Zulqarnain Haider RHB – –
Mohammad Hafeez RHB Right-arm offbreak –
Imran Farhat LHB Legbreak –
Imran Nazir RHB Legbreak –
Salman Butt LHB Right-arm offbreak –
Yasir Hameed RHB Right-arm offbreak –
Taufeeq Umar LHB Right-arm offbreak –
Specialist middle-order batsmen
Mohammad Yousuf RHB – –
Faisal Iqbal RHB Right-arm medium –
Asim Kamal LHB – –
Hasan Raza RHB Right-arm offbreak –
Abdul Razzaq RHB Right-arm fast-medium –
Shahid Afridi RHB Right-arm medium, Legbreak googly –
Shoaib Malik RHB Right-arm offbreak –
Azhar Mahmood RHB Right-arm fast-medium Surrey
Yasir Arafat RHB Right-arm medium –
Shoaib Akhtar RHB Right-arm fast –
Mohammad Sami RHB Right-arm fast –
Mohammad Asif LHB Right-arm fast-medium Leicestershire
Umar Gul RHB Right-arm fast-medium Gloucestershire
Rana Naved-ul-Hasan RHB Right-arm medium-fast Sussex
Shahid Nazir RHB Right-arm fast-medium –
Shabbir Ahmed RHB Right-arm fast-medium –
Ifthikar Anjum RHB Right-arm medium –
Danish Kaneria RHB Legbreak Essex
Abdur Rehman LHB Slow left-arm orthodox –
The team’s coach is currently Bob Woolmer, who succeded Javed Miandad.
• Abdul Jalil aka Chacha cricket (photo) has been following the team since 1969. The PCB pays him 10,000 Pakistani rupees per month to follow the team, and he himself has a number of his own followers.
• Pakistan are the only cricket team to lose a test match by forfeiture. They did so against England at The Oval on the 20 August, 2006, following a refusal to play, in protest of their penalty of 5 runs, the changing of the ball that they were using, for being accused of unfairly altering the condition of the ball.However the jury later decided that the ball was not tampered but charged captain Inzamam-ul-Haq with bringing the game into disrepute.
These were a combination of match reports, commentaries and opinions. If it was about cricket, I read it.
The best cricket writing not only informs, but relates the sport to the reader in a way that feels personal.
And that’s the key: the reader must feel. We can get the gist of a match, the main events, the details of a punch-up in a Walkabout from 30-second highlights on Sky News.
Anybody can tell you what happened.
But the best cricket writers don’t just tell us about cricket. They write personal anecdotes, they use vocabulary that is multi-toned yet accessible. They write stories, they draw on a deep knowledge of the wider world and pop culture to inform us about our sport.
The very best will include humour, because what is the point in spending so much time reading, if it is not entertaining? I still maintain that there are a few better feelings than laughing whilst reading. (There are a few, but they involve dreams of Hashim Amla and a beard made entirely of chocolate).
I’m a firm believer that when you read a piece, you should be able to return to it ten times and still be discovering new tricks from the writer.
The best cricket writers have a deep understanding of structure. They tell stories that make the reader ooh and ah, they change the flow, they might use a prolepsis, and they build to a fiery climax so emotive that it makes the reader scan desperately for the next word.
In no particular order, I have compiled my 15 favourite cricket articles of 2013. Several authors could have been nominated more than once, but as this is intended to be a wider appreciation, I’ve tried to pick each author’s best piece of the year.
If you enjoy any of these pieces, please do make sure to share on Facebook, Twitter, email etc, or send the writer a message to say “well played.” If your favourite articles aren’t on this list, then post them in the comments below!
Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement left many cricket fans raw, in tears, and yearning for cricket writers (OK, ummm, maybe not) to fill the sudden void in their lives.
Many writers churned out pre-prepared, generic drivel. Some, like Mihir aka Non Striker, upped their game.
“Because we knew him from the start, we felt entitled to Sachin. That’s the way it is when someone grows in front of our eyes. We felt a sense of interest which quickly moved to entitlement, ownership and … investment. At some stage, fuelled by the emotion that it generated, that matrix moved to the edge of religion. That’s just the way we are.”
Learning Atheism from Sachin Tendulkar was a magnificent effort, a carefully crafted, seminal take on how the Indian public perceived – and misperceived – Tendulkar’s career.
One of the most rewarding aspect about reading so many authors is when you discover new talent. Christian Drury is a young writer based in England, and he is already outstanding.
His tribute to Sachin Tendulkar stood out for the delicate shifts in colourful language, whilst still being a captivating read:
“And so he left, amid showers of rose petals and hyperbole. A small man, he should have been inconspicuous in the kaleidoscopic stadium. But they had come for him, to show their devotion, to genuflect before his genius. The crowd had anointed him decades before, and now they came to weep at his passing, to pay homage to his achievement.”
Just to make it clear: I liked this kid before he was cool.
He has more passion for cricket than Shahid Afridi with a ball in his mouth, as evidenced when he flew from Pennsylvania to Mumbai for Tendulkar’s final Test. Here, he recants his deeply personal reasons for making the journey:
“It wasn’t just that this would be a trip to see Sachin one last time. The Sachin I grew up with, celebrated and idolized has long since left the building. At 40, this Sachin is very much a shadow of the man-child superstar that single handedly captivated an entire nation and provided reasons for hope when there were none. No, this trip is not just for Sachin—this trip is for closure.”
Full disclosure: this next writer is my cricketing soulmate, so I might be a bit biased…
James Marsh keeps it heartfelt, with doses of pop culture, and a stunning understanding of the art of writing. You won’t find him writing any match reports, but you will find plenty of sardonic, intricate takes on the cricket world. Marsh’s knowledge of English cricket is second-to-none, yet always manages to come across as modest and understated.
If Kevin Pietersen ever needs a post-career biographer, Marsh is the man. His Bitter Love Letter to Genius is typical of their love-hate relationship:
“It’s always, though, actually been quite telling who’s piped up for and against Pietersen in the superfluous disputes over his greatness, and not least than when Nasser Hussain gave a hard-nosed, withering besting of Nick Knight’s criticisms on Sky Sports during the winter tour when Pietersen launched his Wankhede destruction of turning pitch logic and India’s spinners. I know who I’m siding with, but you’re welcome to stand shoulder to shoulder with dear old Nick.”
One of the best cricket writers going, Marsh’s best work arguably comes on his Radio Cricket podcast, a weekly piss-take with his fellow English expat stranded in the Czech Republic. (Full disclosure: umm, listen to it).
Associate and affiliate cricket is an inaccessible wasteland of misinformation and apathy. Therefore, top-class journalism in this field deserves praise, as it is especially cumbersome and unrewarding. Fewer people read articles about the ‘developing’ cricket nations, and so journalists who go the extra mile do so out of sheer passion and dedication.
“It is worth saying here that the development arm of the ICC is restricted from doing as much as they’d like thanks to the anachronistic structure of the ICC. The full members call the shots, and they don’t see global development as being a priority.”
Siddhartha Vaidyanathan has been one of the foremost cricket writers in recent years, one who conveys a deep attachment to the game without ever becoming over-emotional. His structure, cadence and outstanding knowledge of the game always make for brilliant reading.
Here, Vaidyanathan makes even an India vs Sri Lanka ODI sound like it’s the only thing that matters in the world:
“There is a reason India adores Dhoni. For those who followed Indian cricket in the ’80s and ’90s, he may even come across as a messiah. Those were the days India choked and crumbled. They withered at the first hint of pressure. Their batsmen seemed to know exactly when and how to combust. All would be hunky dory until a slew of wickets wrecked their progress.”
“If you’ve never seen a batsman use a review based purely on his own ego, you’ve not watched modern cricket. But to do it so often and recklessly with so little chance of redemption in a team with more managers and staff than a Tina Turner gig is nowhere near good enough. Australia should be better, Shane Watson should be better.”
Jarrod Kimber continued his inevitable rise to Chief Cricket Correspondent of Earth last year, with his light-hearted journalism complementing his excellent understanding of the game. Despite his close relationships with players – Kimber is rumoured to have a bedroom oil painting of Ian Bell batting naked in a cage – he was consistently fair and balanced, never shying away from harsh words when they were deserved. Kimber’s pop culture references and natural humour have helped him to become one of the most revered writers around.
“Most female reporters – especially on television – are dented and painted with the same brush as the glamorous ones – as most people, including some of our male colleagues, think we know as much or as little about the game as the women who are signing up to be eye candy.”
It was a punch to the gut, and a journalistic evisceration of insidious, sexist values that have infected the IPL.
“This attitude is omnipresent, even among so-called liberated men who think they are quite open-minded. The sexism is so insidious and the biases run so deep that most men reveal themselves in the most subtle yet telling ways.”
With an output probably more substantial than any other cricket writer, George Dobell manages to offer new insights on a daily basis. He ferociously hunts down players, and discerningly goads out nuggets of gold. He sets the bar extremely high, and manages to consistently maintain them.
During 2013’s mutant conjoined-twin of an Ashes series, Dobell took us through a journey from unmitigated joy to, well, um, slightly less joy.
“Had a wedge-tailed eagle settled on top of the England dressing room ready to pick at the carcass of the team, the signs could not have been more obvious: for much of this match England have looked spent, broken and shattered. For the Ashes, at least, the party is over, the song is sung, the jig is up.”
Relatively speaking, the art of longform cricket writing is exceptionally weak.
Perhaps as a symptom of the T20 generation, our collective attention spans have diminished, and our brains want easy, fast-food online content? America leads the world in longform sports writing, with Grantland, Sports Illustrated, SB Nation and others granting budgets to their writers that incentivize long, detailed stories.
Despite cricket’s huge market, editors seem reluctant to dip their toes into longform, content to tread water with shorter pieces. Therefore, it was encouraging to see the launch of The Nightwatchman in 2013, a quarterly magazine for cricket longform.
Here, Nightwatchman editor Osman Samiuddin writes a piece on ‘The Haal of Pakistan‘, describing the ethereal, mercurial nature of Pakistan’s cricketing genius. It shows off how good cricket longform can be: a specialist subject, made accessible to the outsider, with insight that could not be accommodated within a shorter piece.
“Alongside Wasim, Waqar remains the most vivid ringmaster of the tamasha and as he’d also just had a productive stint as the side’s coach, I asked him to make sense of it. “I tell you what, you know why this happens?” Waqar begins. “Because we’ve always had match-winners, individual match-winners. Not the team. Our team used to be titther-bitther [literally meaning scattered, but in this sense disunited and disparate] in the early days but there were guys like Wasim, myself, Inzi, Saeed Anwar, you know, one-man-show kind of players. We used to have so many that we would never lose hope. “
Jon Hotten heads up The Old Batsman website, a contender for the most consistently outstanding single-writer cricket website. An author and screenwriter by trade, Hotten gets it. Everything is ultra-concise, nothing feels superfluous, and not a word feels out of place.
Here, Hotten recalls watching Barry Richards, and ponders whether Apartheid-era players should be looked at in a different light.
“He made about 60 before retiring to the pavilion. I still recall one that he hit over the trees, out of the ground and on to the first hole of the pitch-and-putt course. And I still recall the only words he ever spoke to me: ‘Not now I’m having my sandwich,’ uttered gently as we hassled him for an autograph during tea.
Forget Richard Dawkins, God walked among us that day. Everyone has a moment like this; one that binds us to the game and brings it alive in a magical way. Mine was Barry Richards.”
Gideon Haigh has 19 cricket books to his name, and is a treasure trove of cricket knowledge. He writes with an underlying diligence that shines through in his writing, and 2013 saw him target the incompetence and suspect management surrounding the BCCI. With his ultra-logical takes, Haigh scythes through dishonesty and buffoonery, and is content to take on the bullies.
“The other salient fact is that the BCCI has its annual general meeting coming up on September 29, the overpowering presence at which will be its il capo dei capi, N Srinivasan, temporarily restricted by the betting misadventures of his son-in-law in the IPL but still the master string-puller. Since the May allegations about Gurunath Meiyappan, and about spot-fixing in the IPL, the BCCI has lurched about like many a debauched and embattled political regime.
Quick private inquiry to exonerate all concerned – thank you, former judges Chouta and Balasubramanian!Rehabilitation of former enemies it is now expedient to embrace – sorry that we once expelled you “for life” for corruption, Mr Dalmiya! Morale-boosting tributes from selected kiss-ass courtiers – congratulations, Mr Shastri, on a Sardesai Lecture that had it been delivered in North Korea would have brought a blush to the cheek of the Dear Leader!”
Arguably the cricketing masterpiece of the year, SB Tang’s breakdown of Shaun Marsh’s career is one of the best profiles of recent years. A staunch devotee to the art of longform writing, Tang has a painstaking passion for fact-checking, and he ruthlessly edits and re-edits his work to make sure that it is perfect.
Tang’s writing is all about diligence, as he digs up troves of years-old quotations and obscure stats. His attention to detail is arguably matched only by Haigh, and these attributes make Tang one of the most promising young sportswriters in the world. His myth-busting, reality-adjusting piece on Marsh changed the cricket world’s perceptions:
“When the Australian selectors look at Shaun Marsh they see, as his nickname suggests, his father’s son. They see a batsman who, in addition to his modern strokeplay and free-scoring, offers a direct genealogical link to a different, better era, when men were men, above the lip facial hair was de rigueur, and a battle-hardened, free-swearing, beer-swilling Australian cricket team was unmistakably on its way back to the top of world cricket. That link in blood to history is particularly potent when one recalls that Shaun Marsh made his debut for Australia at the very onset of Australian cricket’s first major trough since the one in which his father debuted more than two decades before.”
Gary Naylor is one of the most critically underrated cricket writers around. With an ascetic, clean style of writing, Naylor is regularly outstanding. This year, Naylor’s best contributions were his end-of-week county summaries, ‘The Final Over of The Week’, but anything on his 99.94 website is worthy of your time.
Mahesh Sethuraman is a banker, and a part-time cricket writer. It’s a shame that one doesn’t pay more than the other!
Here, Mahesh relives India vs Australia in 2001.
“Sachin Tendulkar produced one of the most glorious seventies the game has seen – with five pristine straight drives – against Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie and Shane Warne at their peak. After failing to put up a big score in the first innings, India got Australia in trouble at 99 for 5, before Adam Gilchrist came out and rewrote the job description of a wicketkeeper in the game forever. Has any other cricketer ever had such a huge impact on their respective discipline?”
Mahesh often makes passing references to Radiohead in his work, which can only ever be a good thing.
For sheer consistency, I’d like to single out Russell Degnan, a staunch advocate of associate & affiliate cricket, and whose research has yielded some wonderful stats. He celebrates ten years of his Idle Summerswebsite in 2014, an incredible feat of indefatigability.