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Wahab Riaz claims Pakistani bowlers will test England in the upcoming series
Wahab Riaz claims Pakistani bowlers will test England in the upcoming series

Wahab Riaz hailed Misbah ul Haq’s contributions to Pakistan cricketIf the ongoing Test series between England and Sri Lanka is anything to go by, Pakistan certainly have their task cut out. However, pace bowler Wahab Riaz remained quietly optimistic about his team’s chances.Speaking to PakPassion.net, Riaz expressed hope that his team-mates can exploit the loopholes in England’s batting lineup. But, the 30-year old conceded that

May 27 2016
England vs Sri Lanka 2016: The pros and cons of the points system in cricket
England vs Sri Lanka 2016: The pros and cons of the points system in cricket

Sri Lanka’s tour to England would, for the first time, see a points system being used in cricketCricket, historically, has been a sport that has resisted change. The jury has always been divided on any cricketing innovation that has been suggested, and many of those innovations have fizzled out due to the lack of support from the practitioners, sponsors, and other personnel involved in the successful execution of the sport. Several examples

May 23 2016
England vs Sri Lanka 2016: Alastair Cook showers praise on Jonathan Bairstow
England vs Sri Lanka 2016: Alastair Cook showers praise on Jonathan Bairstow

Bairstow celebrates after he scores his second Test tonEngland skipper Alastair Cook showered praise on the team's wicket-keeper Jonathan Bairstow, who scored a century against Sri Lanka in the first innings of the opening Test of the series at Headingley in Leeds. The hosts beat their opponents by an innings and 88 runs within three days, as Bairstow made 140 to record his second international century.Bairstow's ton laid t

May 22 2016
Ben Stokes might miss the second Test match against Sri Lanka
Ben Stokes might miss the second Test match against Sri Lanka

Ben Stokes injured his left knee while fielding on Day 2 of the first Test England cricket team all-rounder Ben Stokes is doubtful to start the second Test against Sri Lanka which is scheduled to start on 27 May at Chester-le-Street, Durham. The 24-year-old endured a knee injury while fielding on the second day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley.Stokes went through a lengthy treatment process immediately after he left the fiel

May 22 2016
Who is Sachin Tendulkar’s real successor, the one who can follow his unparalleled legacy?
Who is Sachin Tendulkar’s real successor, the one who can follow his unparalleled legacy?

Sachin Tendulkar, who re-wrote the history of cricket with his willow and climbed the mountain of runs in his 24-year-old nonpareil career, might be in a dilemma in finding his right successor. The once impossible feat has started looking like “I’m + possible” within a span of three years. Many of his records are in jeopardy, but between two different possible ‘successors’ – Alastair Cook and Virat Kohli.W

ECB announces new points system for series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan
ECB announces new points system for series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan

Strauss said the idea behind the system was to keep pace with the evolving gameEngland and Wales Cricket Board has announced a new points system that will be used for England’s matches against Sri Lanka and Pakistan this summer. The system, which will be used across all formats, was announced by ECB director Andrew Strauss on Wednesday, ahead of the first Test between England and Sri Lanka. Although individual series trophies will

May 19 2016
England v Sri Lanka, 2014: One of the most underrated Test series
England v Sri Lanka, 2014: One of the most underrated Test series

Sri Lanka with the Investec Test series trophy in 2014Fans of the gentleman's game will be reeling in an overload of limited-overs cricket with nothing but the shorter formats of the game being played since the start of the year. It will come as a relief to many fans who appreciate the longest format more that normalcy will resume when Sri Lanka take on England in the first Test of the summer on Thursday.Both the sides have gone through a lot

May 18 2016
5 most genuine Test-only players of all time
5 most genuine Test-only players of all time

They say that you can’t judge a book by its cover. To know whether a book is solid, one must read it and only then can a verdict be put in place. However, to read a whole book, one need patience—that in itself is a perfect test to evaluate the character of a person.In this time of internet, where social media has become one of the greatest source of distraction, book-readers are decreasing by the day. People are more interested in wat

May 5 2016
Alastair Cook set to break Sachin Tendulkar's 11-year-old record
Alastair Cook set to break Sachin Tendulkar's 11-year-old record

Alastair Cook is set to become the first English cricketer to score 10,000 runs in Test cricketEngland Test skipper Alastair Cook is just 36 runs away from becoming the youngest man in history to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket, eclipsing the record of the Indian maestro Sachin Tendulkar. The ‘Master Blaster’ set the record 11 years back in March 2005 against Pakistan in Kolkata, a little more than a month before his

May 4 2016
IPL 2016: Eoin Morgan feels franchise cricket cannot diminish Ashes rivalry
IPL 2016: Eoin Morgan feels franchise cricket cannot diminish Ashes rivalry

Morgan believes there is an added pressure on the overseas players in the IPLThe Ashes in one of the oldest rivalries in the sporting world. With tournaments like IPL and BBL allowing England cricketers to share the same dressing room alongside Australian players, many opine that the fierceness involved in the famed rivalry is declining.However, Eoin Morgan has asserted that the new found friendships between players belonging to different nationa

May 3 2016
Confident Stuart Broad targets clean sweep against Sri Lanka and Pakistan
Confident Stuart Broad targets clean sweep against Sri Lanka and Pakistan

Stuart Broad is the number one ranked Test bowler in the worldStuart Broad has rallied his troops by laying down the gauntlet ahead of a packed English summer. Speaking to Sky Sports, the tall fast bowler wants to clean sweep both Sri Lanka and Pakistan in front of lively crowds.Apart from Sri Lanka and Pakistan, England currently hold all the Test trophies which are on offer. Broad wants to extract revenge for the tense 0-1 loss at home against

Apr 23 2016
Deciphering the controversy around the new verified ECB helmets
Deciphering the controversy around the new verified ECB helmets

An ECB-verified helmet is mandatory for professional English playersAlastair Cook, the England test captain is in the news these days and it is not because of his batting but because of the helmet he is wearing.Following the tragic death of Australian Phillip Hughes when he was hit by a bouncer, and the career-ending injury to Craig Kieswetter, the English and Wales Cricket Board have stepped in and have issued new regulations and guidelines to e

Apr 20 2016
5 highly successful Captain-Vice Captain pairs in Cricket
5 highly successful Captain-Vice Captain pairs in Cricket

The Indian Captain and the Vice-Captain complement each otherIn cricket, a captain is undoubtedly the boss as he is the one who runs the team. He is the one who decides what’s good and what’s bad for the team. It is also expected that he will lead from the front and set examples for his other teammates. But as a family can’t be run by a single person, a cricket team also needs someone other than the skipper to hold the team toge

Apr 2 2016
Alastair Cook expresses displeasure over MCC's sin-bin experiment
Alastair Cook expresses displeasure over MCC's sin-bin experiment

Cook believes that introduction of stump mics and numerous TV cameras has made the game ‘a lot quieter’England Test captain Alastair Cook has expressed his discontent following reports that the game is about to experiment with sin-bins to counter bad behavior. He has urged cricket lawmakers not to become “too politically correct.”The 31-year-old has also pointed out that the introduction of the stump mics and an increase i

Feb 12 2016
Though ranked No. 1, are India really the best in Test cricket?
Though ranked No. 1, are India really the best in Test cricket?

Virat Kohli’s boys now sit atop the ICC rankings.Self-criticism, for Indians, is analogous to antacids. You are bound to have heart-burn and acidity unless you have completed your daily ritual of criticizing the country, its politics, its economy and its sporting figures.But Indians like to look at themselves as realists. ‘Everything has its drawbacks, as the man said when his mother-in-law died, and they came down upon him for the fu

Jan 30 2016
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