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5 recent cricketers who were unlucky to not play more Test cricket
5 recent cricketers who were unlucky to not play more Test cricket

Playing Test cricket is a dream that all cricketers have. However, only some lucky ones are able to make the cut. Alongside those who are unable to achieve this dream, there are also few who reach there but are rather unfortunate to not hang on to their place for long. There are numerous tales from all over the cricketing world about how players with enviable first-class records either could not break into Test cricket or had very brief stints.

Feb 14 2016
5 players who took up cricket against their family's wishes
5 players who took up cricket against their family's wishes

A career in sport comes with its own set of hurdles and cricket is no exception to this. For some, these hurdles come in the journey towards becoming a professional; however, for a few, they come even before the first step is taken. This happens when the family of the individual, particularly the parents, are not willing to let him or her take up the sport. Cricket has quite a few examples of players who has to face the opposition of their paren

Feb 12 2016
Thisara Perera becomes only the second cricketer after Brett Lee to take hat-trick in both ODIs and T20Is
Thisara Perera becomes only the second cricketer after Brett Lee to take hat-trick in both ODIs and T20Is

Perera dismissed Pandya, Raina and Yuvraj off successive deliveries to register the fourth hat-trick in T20IsSri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera might be known more his power hitting with the bat but he has time and again proved that he can be a more than useful bowler as well. After all 123 wickets from just 110 matches at an average of 31.61 is a statistic any frontline bowler would be proud of.The 26-year-old has had his moments in T20 crick

Feb 12 2016
ICC Under 19 World Cup: Pakistan finish fifth; beat England by 7 wickets
ICC Under 19 World Cup: Pakistan finish fifth; beat England by 7 wickets

Zeeshan Malik made a 105-ball 93 for PakistanPakistan ended their campaign in the U-19 World Cup on a winning note, defeating England by seven wickets here on Friday to finish fifth in the 16-nation tournament.England amassed a healthy total of 264 for seven after being sent in to bat with Sam Curran making 83 runs and Tom Moores contributing 47. Seamer Sameen Gul took two wickets for 42 and Saif Ali snapped up two for 37.Opener Zeeshan Malik led

Feb 12 2016
IPL spot-fixing: Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf banned for five years by the BCCI
IPL spot-fixing: Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf banned for five years by the BCCI

Asad Rauf was withdrawn by the PCB from the ICC's elite panel after the allegations against him broke outThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has slapped a five-year ban on Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf over charges of corruption and misconduct. With this, Rauf won’t be able to be a part of matches that are associated with activities of the BCCI and its affiliates.Rauf was named as a wanted accused in the Mu

ICC World T20 2016: India-Pakistan World T20 match in jeopardy amid ex-servicemen's protest
ICC World T20 2016: India-Pakistan World T20 match in jeopardy amid ex-servicemen's protest

India and Pakistan are scheduled to play each other on March 19 in the ICC World T20 2016A cricket match between India and Pakistan can only be compared to the hype of Brazil vs Argentina in football as the sheer enigma of the contest is no less than the Latin American tussle. These two neighbouring countries and arch-rivals are scheduled to battle it out once again in the upcoming ICC World T20 on March 19 in Dharamshala, Himachal Prad

Feb 12 2016
5 occasions when cricket matches were called off due to violence
5 occasions when cricket matches were called off due to violence

Perhaps one of the worst reasons for play to get disrupted during a cricket match is crowd violence. There has been a number of times when there was trouble on the cricket field due to a riot initiated by the crowd. While such incidents generally tend to happen when the home side is in a losing position, there have been cases where issues with the ground authorities or infighting among the crowd triggered a riot. Whatever the cause, these i

Feb 11 2016
ICC World T20 2016: Teams and squads
ICC World T20 2016: Teams and squads

ICC World T20 trophyThe 2016 World T20 is just around the corner and the teams are announced their squads to take part in the tournament. This year’s edition is scheduled to take place in India from March 8 to April 3.This year’s tournament features 16 teams out of which 10 will play in the main round. Out of those ten teams, the top two teams from each qualifying group will join the top 8 teams in the main round.There are some big na

Feb 11 2016
Brendon McCullum's top career highlights in pictures
Brendon McCullum's top career highlights in pictures

Brendon McCullum will go down in the history books as one of the most prolific New Zealand cricketers to ever play the game. That was never in question as he went about shaping his legacy. But along the way he carved his name among the greatest cricketers of all time with some of his outstanding records. New Zealand has been in the shadow of Australia, literally and figuratively, for ages. Watching Brendon McCullum go about his business, you wou

Feb 10 2016
Pakistan squad for World T20 announced; Ahmed Shehzad dropped for Khurram Manzoor
Pakistan squad for World T20 announced; Ahmed Shehzad dropped for Khurram Manzoor

Shahid Afridi, as expected, will be leading the Pakistan teamPakistan have announced a 15-man squad that is to travel to India to compete in the World T20 from 8 March. Shahid Afridi will be leading the 15-man contingent.The biggest surprise is the axing of opener Ahmed Shehzad for 29-year-old Khurram Manzoor, who has never played a T20I. Manzoor has played 16 Tests and 7 ODIs before, but his game has never been seen as fit for the shortest forma

Feb 10 2016
5 instances when relationships of team-mates got sour post retirement
5 instances when relationships of team-mates got sour post retirement

A camaraderie between players is one of the essentials for building a great team. However, at the end of the day, a team consists of individuals who have their separate identities and may have diverse opinion on matters. Two players who are part of the same team may seem to share a good understanding of each other in their playing days. But there may be a few skeletons in the cupboard which mostly tend to come out when one or both the players ha

Feb 9 2016
West Indies stun Pakistan by five wickets to enter semi-finals of Under-19 World Cup
West Indies stun Pakistan by five wickets to enter semi-finals of Under-19 World Cup

Tevin Imlach’s half century played a vital role in guiding West Indies towards the target.Skipper Shimron Hetmyer and Tevin Imlach hit half-centuries as the West Indies upset Pakistan by five wickets to cruise into the semi-finals of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh on Monday.Hetmyer scored 52 and Imlach made 54 to ensure a gallant 113 by Umaid Masood went in vain as the West Indies surpassed Pakistan’s 227 for six wit

Feb 8 2016
Stats: Brendon McCullum becomes only the fourth batsman to hit 200 ODI sixes
Stats: Brendon McCullum becomes only the fourth batsman to hit 200 ODI sixes

Brendon McCullum finished his ODI career with a record and a winAfter Brendon McCullum gave New Zealand a blistering start in the final ODI against Australia, like he usually does, his side gave him the perfect send-off as they defended 246 and won the Chappell-Hadlee trophy.During his whirlwind 47, McCullum also managed to achieve something that only three players had done before him. Hit 200 sixes in ODI cricket.Playing in his final ODI, McCull

Feb 8 2016
Down the memory lane: Remembering Anil Kumble's perfect ten at the Kotla
Down the memory lane: Remembering Anil Kumble's perfect ten at the Kotla

On this day, Anil Kumble became the second player in the history of Test cricket to take all 10 wickets in an innings.Before February 7th, 1999 not many Indians would have heard about Jim Laker. But a certain turn of events on that foggy day in India’s capital New Delhi, meant that Laker was now a household name and a new phrase- perfect 10- was a part of the vocabulary of an Indian cricket fan. The protagonist of this event

Feb 7 2016
Yasir Shah banned by ICC for failing drug test
Yasir Shah banned by ICC for failing drug test

ICC bans Pakistani leg-spinner Yasir Shah for three monthsPakistani spinner Yasir Shah has been banned for three months by the ICC after failing a drug test. The leg-spinner tested positive for a prohibited substance back in December. However, Yasir will be available to play again post March 27, once the retrospective penalty ends.Shah's suspension is a major blow to Pakistan cricket, and a shock to the cricketing fraternity, especi

Feb 7 2016
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