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Monday, June 29, 2009

History of Cricket

History of Cricket
The game of cricket has a known history spanning from the 16th century to the present day, with international matches played since 1844, although the official history of international Test cricket began in 1877. During this time, the game developed from its origins in England into a game which is now played professionally in most of the Commonwealth of Nations.

Eighteenth century cricket
Cricket was introduced to North America via the English colonies in the 17th century , probably before it had even reached the north of England. In the 18th century it arrived in other parts of the globe. It was introduced to the West Indies by colonists and to India by British East India Company mariners in the first half of the century . It arrived in Australia almost as soon as colonization began in 1788 . New Zealand and South Africa followed in the early years of the 19th century .

Development of the Laws
The game continued to spread throughout England and, in 1751, Yorkshire is first mentioned as a venue . The original form of bowling (i.e., rolling the ball along the ground as in bowls) was superseded sometime after 1760 when bowlers began to pitch the ball and study variations in line, length and pace . Scorecards began to be kept on a regular basis from 1772 and since then an increasingly clear picture has emerged of the sport's development .
The first famous clubs were London and Dartford in the early 18th century. London played its matches on the famous Artillery Ground, which still exists. Others followed, particularly Slindon in Sussex which was backed by the Duke of Richmond and featured the star player Richard Newland. There were other prominent clubs at Maidenhead, Hornchurch, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Bromley Addington, Hadlow and Chertsey.

An artwork depicting the history of the cricket bat.

21st century cricket

Cricket remains a major world sport in terms of participants, spectators and media interest.
The ICC has expanded its Development Program with the goal of producing more national teams capable of competing at Test level. Development efforts are focused on African and Asian nations; and on the United States. In 2004, the ICC Intercontinental Cup brought first-class cricket to 12 nations, mostly for the first time.
In June 2001, the ICC introduced a "Test Championship Table" and, in October 2002 a "One-day International Championship Table". Australia has consistently topped both these tables in the 2000s.
Cricket's newest innovation is Twenty20, essentially an evening entertainment. It has so far enjoyed enormous popularity and has attracted large attendances at matches as well as good TV audience ratings. The inaugural ICC Twenty20 World Cup tournament was held in 2007. The formation of Twenty20 leagues in India - the unofficial Indian Cricket League, which started in 2007, and the official Indian Premier League, starting in 2008 - raised much speculation in the cricketing press about their effect on the future of cricket


Schedule of ODI Matches

India in West Indies 2009 From 3rd Jul, 2009
Canada in Scotland 2009 From 7th Jul, 2009
Kenya in Ireland 2009 From 8th Jul, 2009
Canada in Netherlands 2009 From 11th Jul, 2009
Bangladesh in West Indies 2009 From 26th Jul, 2009
Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2009 From 30th Jul, 2009
Ireland in Scotland 2009 From 22nd Aug, 2009
England in Ireland 2009 From 27th Aug, 2009
Australia in British Isles 2009 From 28th Aug, 2009 England, Australia, Scotland
New Zealand in Sri Lanka 2009 From 5th Sep, 2009
England XI in South Africa 2009/10 From 20th Nov, 2009
Schedule of TEST Matches

Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2009 From 4th Jul, 2009
Australia in British Isles 2009 From 8th Jul, 2009 England, Australia, Scotland
Bangladesh in West Indies 2009 From 9th Jul, 2009
New Zealand in Sri Lanka 2009 From 18th Aug, 2009
England XI in South Africa 2009/10 From 16th Dec, 2009
Pakistan Cricket

Star Cricketer of Pakistan


Right Hand Bat, Leg Break Googly
Saturday, 1st March 1980. Khyber Agency
Thursday, 22nd October 1998 3rd Test v. Australia at National Stadium, Karachi (Aged: 18)
Matches: 26Runs: 1683 Ave: 37.40Wkts: 47 Ave: 34.89Catches: 9Last Test: 2006 2nd Test v. England at Manchester (Old Trafford)
Test Record
Date Test Venue Opp. 1st Inns 2nd Inns Batting Ct St Result
22/10/98 3 Karachi Aus 23.3-6-52-5 18-3-49-0 10 & 6 2 0 Draw
28/01/99 1 Madras Ind 7.1-0-31-3 16-7-23-0 11 & 141 0 0 Won
04/02/99 2 Delhi Ind 4-1-14-0 8-1-24-0 32 & 41 0 0 Lost
Summary of all matches
M Runs HS Ave 100s 50s W BB Ave 5w Ct St
26 1683 156 37.40 5 8 47 5-52 34.89 1 9 0

Shoaib Akhtar

Shoaib was born at Morgah, a town near Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan. His father was a worker in Attock Oil Refinery, Morgah. Shoaib started his studies at Elliott High School, Morgah and then took admission in the Asghar Mall College, Rawalpindi. There he was given the chance to show off his talent and consequently come into the limelight.


Shoaib's run of impressive performances started in 1999 in a pre-World Cup series against India when he shot to prominence. It was followed by outstanding bowling displays in Sharjah and later in 1999 Cricket World Cup. His memorable performance came in India in 1999 when, as a newcomer to the Pakistan team, he took eight wickets in the Asian Test championship match at Calcutta – including the wickets of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid off successive deliveries. This was Shoaib's first encounter with Sachin Tendulkar in which Shoaib bowled him for the first ball he delivered to Sachin.
Later in 2002 he fared a spirited bowling attack against Australia. The 2003 World Cup was a huge disappointment, especially given the hype, after which he was dropped from the team. He came back in the team with a bang in the 2004 series against New Zealand but struggled in a lost series against
India in 2004. The series ended with a controversy when he left the field citing an injury leading to suspicions by the captain, Inzamam-ul-Haq, about his commitment. As a result, his relationship with Inzamam-ul-Haq and the coach Bob Woolmer deteriorated. A medical panel set up by PCB to investigate the nature of his injury, however, dispelled all suspicions.

In 2005, Shoaib regained his reputation as a potent bowler for his side. Playing in a three-Test home series against England, he made a series of impressive bowling efforts on lifeless pitches. His effective use of slower ball proved to be unplayable by English batsmen. He emerged as the highest wicket taker of the series with seventeen wickets. His performance was also acknowledged by the English captain Michael Vaughan, who remarked "I thought he (Shoaib) was a big difference between the two teams". He is also known as the bowler who broke the 100 mph barrier in cricket bowling history, with a delivery of 100.2 mphyoutube. Shoaib's delivery at 161.3 km/h stands as the fastest recorded to date.
On October 29, 2007 Akhtar made his comeback from his 13-match ban and performed well, taking 4-43 against South Africa in the fifth and deciding ODI in Lahore. Subsequently, he was included in the 16-man Pakistan squad for the
2007 tour of India, which he completed successfully without further incident.

Pakistan t20 Champion !!!

At least after facing lot's of difficultiies Pakistan has finely won the world cup. it gives pakistan a lot of happinies . let's hope for the best on the future of pakistan .May god bless us.


The stage is set for another battle between Pakistan's Senators and the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) top brass as the MPs probe the decline of cricket in Pakistan. A parliamentary committee on sports has summoned team management, former PCB director-general Javed Miandad and PCB officials for a meeting in the country's capital, Islamabad.
Senator Tahir Mashhadi said the committee is determined to find the causes behind the deteriorating standards of the Pakistan team. "Cricket is our top game so we want to address the reasons behind team's defeat against Sri Lanka and want to improve our cricket board affairs, which look in a shambles," Mashhadi told AFP.
The predictable fallout from the disastrous loss to Sri Lanka in the series-deciding ODI had begun with the PCB asking Shoaib Malik and the Pakistan team management to submit a detailed report of the loss. After Malik was replaced by Younis Khan as Pakistan captain, after an emergency meeting, Miandad quit as director-general of the PCB, bringing to an abrupt end his fourth stint with the board since retiring as a player.
Mashhadi said the committee wanted to also probe the controversy behind Miandad's resignation. "We have requested Miandad to give his version and wants to listen PCB's point of view on Miandad's resignation and we want to resolve the issue," he said. "Miandad has given his life to Pakistan cricket and was the man behind Pakistan's World Cup success in 1992 and he did not deserve the treatment meted out by the PCB."
The committee is also expected to probe PCB chairman Ijaz Butt about the board losing the hosting rights for the Champions Trophy after several ICC member boards expressed reservations about touring the troubled nation. Senator Enver Baig, who is part of the sports committee, had said the PCB was as much to blame for the event's shifting as the ICC.
Pakistan was scheduled to host the Champions Trophy in September this year after the tournament was postponed due to security concerns in 2008. India's cancellation of their tour in January because of cooling of relations between the two countries following the terror attacks in Mumbai was a big blow to Pakistan's chances of staging the event.


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