Stories about England cricket team

Pakistan: The most deserving Test team

Pakistan finally bagged the number one spot in the International Cricket Council Test ranking table. This is a great achievement for a team that has faced various difficulties and issues, such as playing home games away from Pakistan and the 2010 spot fixing fiasco. ICC Test tablePhoto: ICC After the Lord’s spot fixing fiasco in 2010, Misbahul Haq was handed the reins of the Pakistan Test side. Initially, Misbah’s selection as a Test captain was perceived as a stopgap. But little did we know that after a seven year continuous stint, Misbah would raise his team from the ruins and lead them towards becoming the ...

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Four reasons to watch the Pakistan-England Test series

Only halfway through the summer of 2016 and the average sports fan is already having the time of his life! Starting off with the much anticipated Euros, which the Portuguese won rather unconvincingly, to the green grass of Wimbledon where familiar faces triumphed again, both in the men’s and women’s category. Only if you thought this was too much to handle, wait till the Pakistanis step onto the Lord’s cricket ground after almost five long years. Yes, that’s right. In case you have forgotten, a lot of sports is still left and interestingly enough, it’s Pakistan who takes on a ...

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How I came to own the sweater Wasim Akram wore at the 1992 World Cup final

Neatly folded away in a box at the back of my study is a short-sleeved sweater. It is fluorescent lime-green, with red, blue and white stripes across the shoulders. It is undeniably hideous. Whoever was in charge of its design was either having a bad day or a good laugh. It is, though, one of my most treasured sporting possessions. It is the sweater that Wasim Akram wore in the final of the 1992 Cricket World Cup in Australia and gave to me in the dressing-room of the Melbourne Cricket Ground just minutes after Pakistan had won the final against England and ...

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Will the 2014 World T20 be the most competitive ever? Yes!

In 2012, West Indies won the ICC World T20 final after defeating host Sri Lanka. Irrespective of conditions, Pakistan considers it its birth right to play in, at least, the semi-final of every World T20. Conditions are ideally suited for Asian champions, Sri Lanka and the ODI World champions, India. The Aussies and the Kewis (New Zealand) are in hot form, especially in limited-overs cricket. South Africans are looking for their first ever title in world cups. England, down, dilapidated, desperate and defeated in recent times, will be looking to repeat their heroics from the 2010 World T20, when they lifted the ...

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BCCI cannot be trusted, PCB should vote against the ‘Big Three’

While everyone talks about the ‘Big Three’ ruling the cricket world, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is taking it’s time to decide whether to accept the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)’s deal or vote against this idea. All of a sudden, BCCI is ready to let our players play in the Indian Premier League (IPL), for obvious reasons, but the point is, what were the reasons that made them not include our cricketers before? The basis of the ‘Big Three’ concept is just money. Since BCCI, Cricket Australia (CA) and the England Cricket Board (ECB) are generating the most amount of money ...

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Sarah Taylor, the female version of Umar Akmal?

It is always saddening when a person is highly talented but unable to deliver. There are always expectations and predictions when a new player appears on the stage of international cricket. International cricket has seen a number of cricketers with some extraordinary capabilities but they never performed as well as they were expected to do. In the current era of cricket, I personally feel that when you talk about a player with immense talent that has not done justice to their potential is Umar Akmal. Sarah Taylor is another player who has some immeasurable potential of the gentlemen’s game but could ...

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The English cricket team and it’s ‘imported’ players

England, after ruling the Ashes series over the last few years, was outclassed by Australia by a huge margin of 5-0 and lost its beloved trophy to the victors. After a very long time, the English team had finally reached perfection and it was claimed that they could beat any team at any venue – which they actually did for a couple of years – before all hell broke loose in the form of the Ashes (pun intended).  The Australian cricket team celebrate their victory in the Ashes series 2014. Photo: AFP England proudly stood at its pinnacle where the team had at ...

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Social media and sports just don’t gel!

The modern era of sports has seen the industry experience an overhaul of the conventional modes of communication. The integration of the social media with the world of sports meant that communication was taken to a whole new level — one that now seems to be getting the better of most sports organisations and athletes. Social media portals such as Facebook and Twitter are not just confined to sports boards and organisations. The ‘social circle’ now entails athletes and players as well, who have redefined the use of these portals as an outlet to directly communicate with their fans and ...

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Why should Afridi steer the ship?

On March 30, 2011, when the team lost to our arch rivals and eventual champions, India in the semi-finals of the coveted 2011 World Cup, this is what our team captain at the time, Shahid Afridi had to say: “I want to say sorry to my nation. We tried our level best but couldn’t make it. I am pleased with the way my team played throughout the competition.” He apologised for leading a fragmented, jaded, and weak team to the top four; something which he envisaged on February 9, 2011. The talismanic all-rounder was ...

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Overconfidence cost Pakistan

” Before you attempt to beat the odds, be sure you could survive the odds beating you. “ Pakistan were clearly overconfident when the ODI series between England and Pakistan started but forgot that overconfidence precedes carelessness. Perhaps they underestimated the English side as did everyone else, they lead the four match series 2-0. Who would have thought things will turn around within a week? For Pakistan the problem lies with the team selection and poor planning. England didn’t bring drastic changes to their team for the ODI’s and just included specialists Ravi ...

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