Blue-eyed Fazal Mahmood on a crackling transistor radio would begin it all with a 12-wicket haul at The Oval in 1954, setting benchmarks for Pakistan's quicks. Many failed to live up to that standard, but it wasn't a coincidence that plenty who went on to earn immortality could trace it back to an England tour. Open-chested Imran Khan, who tormented David Gower on English pitches and Ian Botham in English courthouses, learned the basics of his trade entirely in the English university and county system. A bit of guidance from Sarfraz Nawaz didn't hurt, and it was Nawaz's discovery of reverse swing that took cricket from the back pages to being a matter for the English courts in the first place. Wasim Akram enjoyed the privilege of having both Khan's ear and his backing on his first English tour in 1987, where he would finish below only his mentor on the wickets chart as Pakistan won a series there for the first time. … [Read more...] about Will this be the summer of Naseem Shah and Shaheen Afridi?
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Correspondence on the issue accessed by ESPNcricinfo suggests that while Vinod Rai, one of the members of the Committee of Administrators, is in favour of a two-match ban, BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry has pushed for a stronger penalty should the players be found guilty - under their contracts - of bringing cricket and Indian cricket into disrepute. There is even a view that the punishments for the two differ according to what each of them said on the show. … [Read more...] about Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul likely to be suspended
"He can absorb pressure for long periods of time now, and he's shown as well that he can score at ten an over. So I'm sure that sides around the world will look at him as a batter alone, and think, 'this guy has a serious plan. We want his wicket because if he gets going, and he gets in, he can really hurt us'." … [Read more...] about England wait on Ben Stokes’ bowling fitness after delaying final team
"We need to develop the culture of girl's football at the club level as well as school and college level. Participation of girls in football have significantly grown in Delhi in the last few years and with new competitions more girls will be encouraged to play football which was not the case when I started to play football in Delhi," said Dalima. … [Read more...] about Hosting U-17 World Cup can transform women’s game in country: FIFA official
I was looking at Barry Richards's record - if we use four Test matches as the base, is he the batsman with the most runs and most centuries? asked Hemant Kher from the United StatesBarry Richards is indeed top with 508 runs - second, with 353, is another South African from that 1969-70 series, Lee Irvine. The only other man with two centuries from four Tests or fewer is Abid Ali, of Pakistan, who has two from three matches so far - but he'll presumably play again soon. … [Read more...] about Has Jimmy Anderson now taken more wickets against West Indies in Tests than anyone else?