Pakistan wins first 20-overs-a-side international

Pakistan has beaten New Zealand by five runs in the first 20-overs-a-side international at the Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad.

It happened on November 23, 1984. Bad weather delayed the start of the game, which was set at twenty overs for each team when it finally got under way. Pakistan made 157 for 5, New Zealand were held to 152 for 7.

Despite Mudassar Nazar’s four-over haul of 4/27, it was Saleem Malik (41 from 40 balls) who was named Man of the Match. See the scorecard for further details.

There were no silly names like “Twenty20” in those days. Remember this as New Zealand faces Australia for its second 20-overs international in two decades tomorrow at Eden Park.

Hellas the champions!

It’s probably the only time that indoor cricket is officially embraced by the outdoor game. The European Cricket Council’s annual indoor championship was decided on Sunday in the Danish city of Herning. Congratulations to Greece, who beat the host nation by three runs in the final. Continue reading “Hellas the champions!”

It’s official. Pi equals 3.2

The Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians will be recording January 10’s ICC World XI v ACC XI match in Melbourne, and the yet-to-be-rescheduled rematch, as official one-day internationals in accordance with the ICC’s wishes. The ACS committee discussed the matter at their latest meeting on Saturday, and their ruling was emailed to association members (including myself) yesterday. Continue reading “It’s official. Pi equals 3.2”

Cricket community in the Australia Day honours list

At least four members of the cricketing community have been awarded medals in the 2005 Australia Day Honours List. Continue reading “Cricket community in the Australia Day honours list”

Tsunami appeal games, official ODIs or not?

Everyone involved in the organisation of January 10’s game at the MCG between an ICC World XI and an Asian Cricket Council XI should be commended for their efforts in putting the event together at short notice following the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami of December 26. More than 14 million dollars Australian was raised for the World Vision Tsunami Appeal that day in front of a packed house and many millions of television viewers. Continue reading “Tsunami appeal games, official ODIs or not?”

Congratulations Bangladesh!

^BAN_ZIM: 64.2 Enamul Haque jnr to Mpofu, OUT: Allover! tosses up, outside off and spins away, tries to defends it on the front foot, gets the outside edge and Ashraful takes a good sharp catch at silly point
^BAN_ZIM: Zimbabwe 154/10, Partnership of 9
^BAN_ZIM: CB Mpofu c Mohammad Ashraful b Enamul Haque jnr 5 (9b 1×4 0x6)
^BAN_ZIM: DT Hondo 6* (12b 1×4) Enamul Haque jnr 22.2-5-45-6 (4nb)
^BAN_ZIM: That’s it, Bangladesh won this match by 226 runs
^BAN_ZIM: Bangladesh have made history – a first Test win after a long wait

(Text commentary from Wisden CricInfo. Full transcript)

Congratulations Bangladesh on their first Test victory.

Australia by 9 wickets

In the end it took about an hour short of four days for Australia to wrap up the series. Not quite as close as the equivalent Test on the SCG 32 years earlier which set alight my interest in the game. Continue reading “Australia by 9 wickets”

Bangladesh on the brink of history

As I write this, Bangladesh are four wickets away from their first-ever Test win. It might be tempting to think that a win over a youthful Zimbabwean eleven cheapens the honour a bit, but I for one am not going to scoff at that. Cricket should be expanding its constituency, not clinging on to an exclusive post-imperial elite club. As with the inauguration of the ICC Intercontinental Cup last year, a Bangladesh Test win can only be a positive in expanding the game’s horizons.

Zimbabwe currently 126/6 in their second innings in the pre-lunch session on day five. Live ball-by-ball commentary on IRC at irc://cricinfo.lo.uk.starlink.org/cricket. Live scorecard at CricInfo or, if that’s getting a bit overloaded while the charity game in Melbourne is on, Ananova

Day 2: Cough up Danish

For giving Pratten Park Golden Boy Michael J Clarke a “far cough” after having him stumped at the SCG yesterday, Danish Kaneria is coughing up. Continue reading “Day 2: Cough up Danish”

Day 1: Enter the pantheon, Salman Butt

Five wickets for twenty runs. If Pakistan were consistent, they’d be dangerous. Continue reading “Day 1: Enter the pantheon, Salman Butt”