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Masters Champions League under fire for non-payment of players
Masters Champions League under fire for non-payment of players

Virender Sehwag and Brian Lara were among the major attractions in the T20 leagueThe Masters Champions League which completed its inaugural season during February is now under criticism for not paying the vast majority of players involved. ESPN Cricinfo reported Federation of International Cricketers Associations (FICA) Chief Tony Irish slamming the organizers of the UAE-based league for not honoring contractual obligations.Irish asserted, &ldquo

May 20 2016
How English cricket has been hampered by repeated changes in personnel
How English cricket has been hampered by repeated changes in personnel

The English team seems to be sighing for the services of a specialist opener matching Strauss’ and Alastair Cook’s quality It has been forty-five months since their incumbent Team Director Andrew Strauss bid adieu to international cricket. And his exit originated a procession of England retirees over this period – just eclipsing three and a half years.His leave left a hole so deep that despite after so long, his t

Apr 27 2016
Looking at India's struggles against spin in the recent past
Looking at India's struggles against spin in the recent past

The Indian batsmen, over the course of years, have been found wanting against quality spin bowlingIndia’s cricket history has been based on rhetoric as much as it has been based on nostalgia. Every generation of cricketers is compared with the era gone by, and Indians have had divided opinions about how one newbie has or hasn’t been able to fill in the shoes of a legend who left behind a legacy to be carried.Soliloquies have been sung

Mar 29 2016
Cricketer's first Tweets including Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli and more
Cricketer's first Tweets including Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli and more

Some first tweets are inexplicable, while some are funnyTwitter turned 10 yesterday and it is hard to see a medium being as important in reducing the barrier between sportsmen and their fans quite like Twitter has done in the last decade.As Twitter celebrated it’s 10th birthday, the list of players who  have made headlines on Twitter is only on the rise. So let us take a look at what the first Tweets of some of those cricketers were.He

Mar 22 2016
5 players who had to wait for a long time before making their Test debuts
5 players who had to wait for a long time before making their Test debuts

For cricketers, a call-up to the national squad means a lot. That is what they play for. Every cricketer dreams to represent his national squad and don the national colours. However, a call-up to the squad isn’t the end of the story. Some cricketers have to wait for a long time before making their debuts.Especially, in Test cricket, which is undoubtedly the pinnacle of all the formats, a player sometimes have to wait for a long time before

Everything you need to know about the 6 MCL teams
Everything you need to know about the 6 MCL teams

The stage is set for the legends of the game to take each other on one more time with the inaugural edition of the Masters Champions League getting underway in the UAE on 28 January 2016. The 6-team event features a host of retired players including some of the true greats of the game. Each of the six teams will take on the other five in the round robin stage and the top four will qualify for the semi-finals. The two venues where the teams will

Jan 26 2016
5 classic duels we'll get to watch in MCL
5 classic duels we'll get to watch in MCL

In less than 2 weeks time, we will be seeing some of the biggest cricketing legends battle it out in the Masters Champions League (MCL). The tournament features six teams, which have been named after zodiac signs, consisting of retired players from different countries. The MCL roster includes some big names that have played cricket in the past two decades and brought glory to their respective nations. This provides us with the exciting prospect

Jan 18 2016
Ganguly named captain of Libra Legends in Masters Champions League
Ganguly named captain of Libra Legends in Masters Champions League

Former Indian captain, Sourav Ganguly will lead the Libra Legends in the MCLKolkata, Jan 12 (IANS) Former India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday was named the captain and team ambassador of Libra Legends, a franchise of the Masters Champions League (MCL).The 43-year-old who recently played for Sachin's Blasters in the Cricket All-Stars series will be seen wielding his willow again in the MCL starting on January 28 in Dubai.He would l

Jan 12 2016
Stats: Highest wicket-takers in Test cricket in each year starting from 1877 to 2015
Stats: Highest wicket-takers in Test cricket in each year starting from 1877 to 2015

Ashwin is the leading Test wicket-taker in 2015 The first Test match was played between Australia and England from 15th March to 19th March 1877. To date, 2194 Test matches have been played and many records have been created and broken in those Test matches. We know that cricket is a team game. All the players in the squad have a role to play in the side, even those who don’t make it to the play

Dec 20 2015
Stats: Test players with most career runs without scoring a hundred
Stats: Test players with most career runs without scoring a hundred

Shane Warne is the player who had scored most runs in a career without scoring a hundred This record might sound strange to many. However, scoring 50s and centuries is only one criterion of judging how well a batsman plays. There are other factors to be considered too. Batting as an opener and as a middle order batsman usually requires different techniques in the game. Also, the game plan might change if the ball is new or old and also if

Nov 30 2015
Who has highest T20I wickets?
Who has highest T20I wickets?

Shahid Afridi is a proven match winnerPakistan’s t20 team captain Shahid Afridi, playing in his 86th t20 international match, became the highest wicket-taker in the format after capturing the wicket of England’s batsman James Vince in the 2nd t20 match between England and Pakistan at Dubai, thereby overtaking his team-mate Saeed Ajmal, who has taken 85 wickets for Pakistan in 64 t20 international matches.Also read: Players with f

Nov 28 2015
5 spinners who made Sachin Tendulkar struggle
5 spinners who made Sachin Tendulkar struggle

There are no two ways about the fact that Sachin Tendulkar is arguably the greatest batsman to have played the game. However, just like other legends of the game, he too has had his own struggles during his playing career. Whether beset by injuries, lack of form or difficult conditions, the master batsman has faced them all and still managed to come out trumps. Other than these, Sachin has also been troubled by certain bowlers in his playin

Nov 23 2015
7 cricketers who retired midway through a Test series
7 cricketers who retired midway through a Test series

Johnson is the latest in the ‘retiring’ faculty list “I just lost that hunger to play on these tough days, and that's where my decision came. I felt like I couldn't compete at this level anymore." These were the words spoken by outgoing Mitchell Johnson who recently, and more surprisingly, retired from all forms of the cricket at WACA, Perth. If his losing prowess in the bowling was easily visible in his figur

Nov 19 2015
5 reasons why the All Stars series is already a blockbuster
5 reasons why the All Stars series is already a blockbuster

Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne have masterminded this brilliant tribute to the game's best Even as we begin the countdown to the final match in the All Stars T20 series which will be played in Los Angeles, the verdict is out on how it has fared; the only word that comes to mind is 'BLOCKBUSTER'. This blast from the past is the brainchild of arguably the game's greatest ambassadors, Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne. This en

Nov 14 2015
Thank you, Cricket All-Stars
Thank you, Cricket All-Stars

Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne with the Citi Cricket All-Stars Cup 2015 When I first heard about the Cricket All-Stars, the only thing that excited me, being an Indian, was to see Sachin Tendulkar take guard again. But then I saw the line-up with the likes of Warne, Lara, Ganguly, Wasim, McGrath, Walsh, Ambrose, Murali, Kallis and Donald and I thought to myself – this is not just about Sachin, it’s a c

Nov 13 2015
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