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Mithali Raj becomes first female cricketer to win Wisden India Cricketers of the Year recognition
Mithali Raj becomes first female cricketer to win Wisden India Cricketers of the Year recognition

India Women’s captain Mithali Raj Mithali Raj, the captain of the India Women’s cricket team, was honoured to be recognised as one of the six Wisden India Cricketers of the Year for 2015. She is the first female cricketer to win the award, and is part of a list consisting of Ajinkya Rahane, Rishi Dhawan, Angelo Mathews, Umar Akmal and Mominul Haque. The Wisden Cricketers of the Year awards represent a tradition t

Apr 25 2015
Pakistan cricketers' parody Twitter accounts - An overview
Pakistan cricketers' parody Twitter accounts - An overview

  Nasir Jamshed may not have done much as batsman besides scoring three ODI centuries against India, but he has definitely started a trend in Pakistan. He is the showstopper of Pakistan Cricket Parody accounts on Twitter. There are so many parody accounts on Twitter now that it has become hard to keep track of all of them. I don't know which one of them came first but they are all doing a fine job. None better than BIG NAS however. H

Apr 7 2015
Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal exclusion from Pakistan squad recommended by Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis
Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal exclusion from Pakistan squad recommended by Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis

Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad congratulate Mohammad Irfan during Pakistan’s World Cup match against South Africa Umar Akmal and Mohammed Shehzad, who have been excluded from the Pakistan squad for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh, were axed on the recommendations of coach Waqar Younis and recently retired captain Misbah-ul-Haq, reports have surfaced. According to Geo news channel, Pakistan’s World Cup coach and cap

Apr 3 2015
Brad Haddin & Australia's appeal for hit wicket against Umar Akmal causes controversy
Brad Haddin & Australia's appeal for hit wicket against Umar Akmal causes controversy

The appeal for hit wicket against Umar Akmal by Brad Haddin & co. has raised a few eyebrows The ongoing 3rd quarter-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup between Pakistan and Australia was the subject of some controversy when the Aussies appealed for hit wicket against Umar Akmal. On the final ball of the 26th over of Pakistan’s innings, Akmal hit a spanking square cut for four off the bowling of off-spinner Glenn Maxwell but ju

Mar 20 2015
Top five wicketkeeper-batsmen at the World Cup
Top five wicketkeeper-batsmen at the World Cup

The Kiran More-Javed Miandad duel in the ’92 World Cup remains etched in our memories. Through the early decades and well into the advent of day/night cricket, wicketkeepers have long been perceived as specialists, with glovework being the primary skill sought from them. Add a healthy dash of exuberance and the ability to chirp away all day long, and you had the perfect wicket keeper. Any runs that they amassed lower down the order were al

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Best Tweets after Pakistan bowl Ireland out for 237
ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Best Tweets after Pakistan bowl Ireland out for 237

Pakistan need to chase down 238 in order to progress to the quarter-final stages Ireland were bowled out for 237 from exactly 50 overs after winning the toss and choosing to bat first against Pakistan in a must-win Pool B World Cup encounter. Ireland captain William Porterfield led from the front with a sparkling innings of 107 from 131 balls but didn’t get enough support from the other end to take Ireland to a score of over

Mar 15 2015
5 controversial decisions in the 2015 World Cup so far
5 controversial decisions in the 2015 World Cup so far

The 2015 World Cup has seen some memorable performances so far with both bat and ball. Chris Gayle being the first man to slam a double hundred in the history of the tournament, AB de Villiers smashing the fastest 150 in the history of ODI cricket, Tim Southee recording the best figures by a New Zealand fast bowler by taking 7 wickets for 33 against England, and so on. As much exciting as the on-field action has been, there have b

Mar 14 2015
Comparisons with Virat Kohli unfair to me: Umar Akmal
Comparisons with Virat Kohli unfair to me: Umar Akmal

Umar Akmal wants to bat higher up the order for Pakistan When Umar Akmal first burst onto the scene in 2009, he made a massive impact on everyone with his audacious strokeplay, even drawing comparisons with former Pakistan batting greats like Javed Miandad and Inzamam-ul-Haq. On his Test debut against New Zealand in Dunedin, he slammed a majestic 129 to make everyone sit up and take notice of the then 19-year-old. The start to his ODI c

Mar 13 2015
Twitter trolls Umar Akmal despite taking 5 catches against Zimbabwe
Twitter trolls Umar Akmal despite taking 5 catches against Zimbabwe

Umar Akmal Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Umar Akmal has been the butt of all jokes on Twitter ever since he dropped Virat Kohli, who was only in his 70s then and went on to make a match-winning hundred, in their opening game of the World Cup against arch-rivals India. Coming into the World Cup, Sarfraz Ahmed, who is the lone specialist wicketkeeper in the side, was widely expected to don the gloves, but Pakistan have opted for Akmal instea

Mar 1 2015
Pakistan fielding coach threatens to quit after spat with senior players
Pakistan fielding coach threatens to quit after spat with senior players

Pakistan fielding coach Grant Luden Pakistan fielding coach, Grant Luden, reportedly threatened to resign from his post complaining of misbehaviour by three senior players. Luden complained to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Sheheryar Ahmed Khan regarding the reported spat that he was involved in with Shahid Afridi, Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal during a training session Luden had joined the Pakistan team after quitting from the&

Feb 18 2015
Pakistan made several blunders against India: Mohammad Hafeez
Pakistan made several blunders against India: Mohammad Hafeez

Mohammad Hafeez All-rounder, Mohammad Hafeez, was left out of the Pakistan World Cup squad due to an injury. He feels that the Pakistan think-tank made several blunders in their defeat against neighbours and arch-rivals India. He thinks that Pakistan should not have opened with Younis Khan and the team should have included specialist keeper Sarfaraz Ahmed in the playing eleven. He questioned, “When you have asked for

Feb 17 2015
ICC World Cup 2015: India vs Pakistan - Quick flicks of the match
ICC World Cup 2015: India vs Pakistan - Quick flicks of the match

Suresh Raina ducks out of Mohammad Irfan’s beamer Too much butter for breakfast? It seemed that the Pakistan players had applied a lot of butter on their bread for breakfast. Virat Kohli was dropped twice. Once by Yasir Shah at long-on, and the second time by stand-in keeper Umar Akmal. While the drops did prove to be costly, adding to the misery were some repeated misfields. In fact, Pakistan should consider themselves luc

Feb 15 2015
Why the criticism towards Umar Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez is unfair
Why the criticism towards Umar Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez is unfair

Umar Akmal (L) and Mohammad Hafeez (R) draw unwarranted criticism I have always wondered why Umar Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez (the batsman) draw so much criticism from Pakistan's fans and experts. One can understand fans being emotional and lashing out at Umar Akmal for playing a rash stroke or criticising Hafeez for repeatedly failing against Dale Steyn, but for the cricket experts to do the same is quite strange. The moment Hafeez was

Feb 7 2015
Pakistan lack game changers of the past: Rahul Dravid
Pakistan lack game changers of the past: Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid   Former Indian Cricket team captain, Rahul Dravid, assesses Pakistan’s chances at the World Cup. However, the absence of match winners in the Pakistan World Cup squad made Dravid fear for their chances at lifting the World Cup. Dravid also felt that Shahid Afridi’s instinct to swing at everything not help Pakistan. “They lack those big-ticket players or game changers which you would associate the Pakis

Feb 4 2015