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Introduction on T20 International Cricket

Did you know that the T20 format was originally conceptualized for domestic fans in various countries? Yes, it is true. But we all know how wildly popular it became throughout the commonwealth nations because of various domestic tournaments.

But, amidst their presence, the development and emergence of T20 international cricket has been forgotten. Let’s talk about that in detail besides other related details about it.


There were a few tournaments before T20 format went global that can be considered as the predecessors.

Cricket Max

Developed by Martin Crowe, Cricket Max allowed each team to bat for 10 overs. But wait, there was a catch, the size of the overs was changed from 6 balls to 8 balls.

Super 8s

This was an Australian attempt to make teams play matches with 8 players in each side.

First Ever Twenty 20 International Match

First T20I match was played on 17th February 2005 between Australia and New Zealand in Auckland. Some interesting things did happen though that day. While Australia managed to win the match by 44 runs, their skipper Ricky Ponting came close to making a century (98* runs).

While one might expect the scores to have been low given the limited number of overs, Australia put up a total of 214 runs.

Positive Effects

  • Increase In Popularity Of Cricket

Given the reduction in time of a cricket match getting over, more people found it easy to watch entire cricket matches without compromising their day or days in stadiums or at home.

  • Positive Economic Impact On Several Countries

For countries like India, the indirect impact of T20I cricket has been immense. This includes the economic impact. The huge marketing opportunities that such matches provide and unique.

  • Made The Sport More Interesting

While ODI and test format are great in themselves without a doubt, the possible oscillations in T20I format and the associated adrenaline rush appeals to young fans quite a lot.

  • Great Way Of Finding Young Talented Players

Since the matches for just 50 overs for each side, players have to give their best possible performance. Taking a chance on young players in T20I format before ODI and test cricket has led to many youngsters being discovered as great players.

Batsmen With 50+ Average In T20 International

There are only two batsmen who have their batting averages in Twenty-20 international cricket above 50. They are:

Top Individual Batting Scores In T20 International Cricket






AJ Finch 172 Australia Zimbabwe 3rd July 2018
H Zazai 162 Afghanistan Ireland 23rd February 2019
AJ Finch 156 Australia England 29th August 2013

Do check out our article on whether a double century is possible in T20 cricket or not (interlink).

Ease Of Doing Spot Fixing

Given the rapid changes that are possible in the format, T20I matches are particularly more susceptible to unfortunate tactics like match fixing by players and fixers alike.

Best Bowling Figures In T20 International






Man of The Match

DL Chahar 6 7 3.2 India Vs Bangladesh Yes
BAW Mendis 6 8 4.0 Sri Lanka Vs Zimbabwe Yes
BAW Mendis 6 16 4.0 Sri Lanka Vs Australia Yes
YS Chahal 6 25 4.0 India Vs England Yes
AC Agar 6 30 4.0 Australia Vs New Zealand Yes

Some points are clear after looking at the top 5 best bowling performance in this format at the international level though.

  • Beating DL Chahar’s record will be a challenge for bowlers given his precision and highly economical performance. This will obviously require a bowler to take either 7 wickets or to take 6 wickets with a better economy rate.
  • Everyone of these have secured the man of the match award that shows how important wicket taking is in T20 as it breaks the backbone of the opposing team.

Fastest Century In T20 International

Player Name David Miller
Team South Africa
Balls Taken 35
Against Bangladesh

This unique feat was achieved by David Miller on 29th October 2017 when he made 101* runs in 36 balls. During his innings, he hit 9 sixes and 7 fours with a phenomenal strike rate of 280.55. The Proteas ended up defeating the Bangladeshi team by 83 runs and Miller was awarded as the man of the match.

Rohit Sharma Also Achieved This Feat

On 22nd December 2017, Rohit Sharma too made a century in 35 balls against the Sri Lankan team. This involved him making 118 runs off 43 deliveries with the help of 12 fours and 10 sixes.

Comparing Them Both

While in terms of strike rate, Rohit seems to be lacking, but it would also be great if we take a look at the percentage contribution of fours and sixes and their combined one as well for getting a better idea about their ability as a T20 batsman.

David Miller Rohit Sharma
Runs 101 118
Runs With 4s 28 48
Runs With 6s 54 60
Percentage Runs Due To 4s 27.72 % 40.67 %
Percentage Runs Due To 6s 53.46 % 50.85 %
Percentage Runs Due To 4s and 6s 81.18 % 91.52 %

As we can see, Rohit scored more portion of his runs with the help of fours and sixes and the difference is all thanks to the greater proportion of boundaries secured by him.

Still it would be a challenge for someone to break this record of making the fastest 100 in T20I cricket.

Highest Individual Score In T20 International

Aaron Finch currently holds the record for the highest score as a batsman in T20I cricket. He made 172 runs in 76 balls before he was dismissed because of getting hit wicket against Zimbabwe on 3rd July 2018.

If we look at it, he came very close to hitting a double hundred in the format. Thanks to his performance, Aussies won the game by 100 runs while as expected, he was given the man of the match award.

When it comes to talking about some other batsman breaking this award, it is going to be difficult given the number of things that he would need in his favor.

Highest Team Score In T20 International

Surprisingly, the record in terms of team score in international twenty 20 cricket is currently with Afghanistan. They made 278 runs against the Irish on 23rd February 2019. While we discussed about Finch’s innings in the last section, this match also involved a batsman securing the second position in terms of individual scores in T20 cricket.

Hazratullah Zazai made 162* notches in 62 balls hitting 11 fours and 16 sixes and propelled the Afghan team towards a total that is considered a strong one even in ODI cricket.




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Most Dangerous Team In IPL | IPL Most Dangerous Team


Which is the most Dangerous Team in IPL?

Mumbai Indians. Yes, we know the suspense isn’t worth it. But, there will always be people who just became fans of IPL. To deduce why MI (as it is fondly referred to by most IPL fans) is called the most dangerous team in IPL (Indian Premier League), we need to look at their performance evolution over time.

MI’s Journey

The team struggled (yes, MI also had this phase) initially but later picked up momentum and made it into the finals of IPL 2010. There they defeated the Chennai Super Kings in 2013 to win the league who had won 2 titles before.

Interesting thing to note here is that MI had lost the 2010 final to CSK and not just that, 2013 was the 5th championship match for CSK then itself! Then, curiously, MI won alternate championships till 2019 and then again in 2020 to bring the total tally of their trophies to 5.

Total Domination Of MI In Recent Years

Given their track record of winning, they are indeed a team whose performance almost all fans of the Indian T20 league want to know about. If they keep winning more titles in the upcoming years, then it would be interesting to see if another team takes up the initiative to keep them in check.

Rohit Sharma Effect

Rohit Sharma has been leading the team since 2013 and it is under his leadership the team has won all its titles. There is a clear correlation of MI’s performance and his presence. His ability to take in young players and ensure that their potential gets developed to its maximum is something that many fans praise him for.

Message To RCB Fans

No, we don’t create those fancy and lame memes that you see on Twitter and the internet. If you believe that RCB is the best IPL team, more power to you. But keep the comments section of this post clean (no Rohit Sharma vada pav memes).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When did MI first reach in the finals?

MI reached the finals in 2010 to face the CSK.

When did MI win its first title?

MI did this in 2013 by defeating CSK by 23 runs.

How many titles has MI won under Rohit Sharma?

MI has won 5 titles under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma

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Moin Khan Player Profile I Pakistani Cricketer I Cricketfile


About Moin Khan

Born on 23rd September 1971 in Rawalpindi, Moin Khan is a former Pakistani cricketer who played the role of wicketkeeper batsman. You might not know this but he was the one who coined the word ‘Doosra’ for Saqlain Mushtaq’s revolutionary deliver.

As it is with most wicketkeeper batsmen, he too had to compete with fellow players like Rashid Latif for securing his spot in the team. Few know that it was Moin who ensured Pakistan’s qualification into the final as he batted well in the last couple of overs of the semi final match.

Domestic Career

  • First-Class

He played more than 200 first-class matches and made more than 8000 runs with a batting average of 30.7. Scoring 14 centuries and 40 half-centuries, Moin’s highest score stands at 200* runs.

  • List A

Moin Khan’s List A career was quite prolific since he played 357 matches making about 6000 runs While he went on to become an international cricketer, his problem with performing as an excellent batsman remained throughout.

International Career

  • ODI

In 219 matches, he made more than 3000 runs with an average of 23.00. His high score stands at 72* runs and number of half-centuries at 12. As a wicketkeeper, his performance included 73 stumpings, 10 run outs and 214 catches.

  • Test

In about 70 games, he scored 2741 runs averaging 28.6 runs per innings. While he cannot be termed as an excellent batsman, he still made 15 half-centuries and 4 hundreds with a high score of 137 notches.

His wicketkeeping record involved him doing 20 stumpings, 1 run out and 128 catches

Test Debut

His performance in his debut test cricket match against West Indies wasn’t that great. The test started on 23rd November with Khan making 24 and 32 runs in the first and second innings of the team respectively.

ODI Debut

Moin played his first ODI on 13th November 1990 in Multan against West Indies. The Pakistani team won by 31 runs in this match.

Moin Khan Retirement

He retired from international cricket after playing his last test match from 20th to 24th October against the Lankan team.

Coaching Career

He did coach the Pakistani team for some time starting from 2014. While his coaching character wasn’t that illustrious in terms of results, during his cricketing years, he was known to be talkative and motivating sportsperson.

Moin Khan Last Test

Moin’s last test match started on 20th October 2004 against Sri Lanka in Faisalabad. In Pak’s 1st innings, he made 7 runs while in the 2nd one, he had stay content with just one run.

Moin Khan Last ODI

Moin played his last one day international match against Sri Lanka on 16th October 2004. Scoring just 14 runs and having to put up with the team’s defeat in the last ODI, it wasn’t an end that he might have been expecting.


Married to Tasneem Khan, he was once accused of beating her up. Moin later had to guarantee in the local court that he won’t repeat this kind of behavior.


  • Azam Khan

Azam is a cricketer like his father who also plays in the PSL for Quetta Gladiators. He is yet to make his international debut. Interestingly, like his father, Khan too is a wicketkeeper batsman.

  • Owais Khan

He is married to Pakistani actress and TV entertainer Mariam Ansari.


Nadeem Khan like Moin played for the national team. But he managed to contribute in just two tests and two ODIs.

Records And Achievements

  • Became manager of the Pakistani Cricket Team post retirement.
  • Became chief selector for the national team.
  • Was signed up by a team (Hyderabad Heroes) as a coach in the ICL.




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Karachi Kings Team I Karachi Kings I Cricketfile



The capital of Sindh province, Karachi is the financial capital of Pakistan. The team is currently lead by Imad Wasim and is coached by notable South African of his times, Herschelle Gibbs. It was the most expensive PSL franchise in terms of the cost before the advent of Multan Sultans. It has had seven captains to date out of which four were Pakistani, two were English one was a Sri Lankan.

Karachi Kings team has always managed to make it to the playoffs and it even won its first-ever PSL title in 2020. They share a deep rivalry with the Lahare Qalandars. Their previous coach Dean Jones died last year sadly.

Owners of Karachi Kings Team

The owners of this team are the ARY Media Group. The ARY Group runs TV channels and magazines targeting Pakistanis. It was founded in 2000 and has its worldwide headquarters in London, UK. They also have a head-office in Karachi and maybe that is the reason why they decided to buy the franchise named after the city.

Home Ground

KK’s home ground is the National Stadium in Karachi. It is perhaps one of the oldest stadiums in Pakistan as it is operational since the 1950s.

The cricket team of Sindh also have it as their home ground. The stadium has hosted World Cup matches in the 1987 and 1996 World Cups. The stadium is owned by PCB but is considered as the home ground of many teams which represent Karachi is various leagues in Pakistan/

Facts About Karachi Kings

  • Shahid Afridi played for Karachi Kings in the 2018 season.
  • They have been most successful against Multan Sultans.
  • Their worst record has been against the Quetta Gladiators.
  • Babar Azam is the highest run-scorer with 1250+ runs to his credit.
  • Mohammed Amir is the most successful bowler with 49 wickets to his name.

Performance of Karachi Kings in Pakistan Super League

  • PSL 2020

They finished second on the points table in the league stage. While one of their matches did get cancelled, they managed to win five and lost four out of the total ten. Their net run rate stood at -0.190. Overall, the performance was quite decent.

  • PSL 2019

They finished at the fourth position in this season in the league table. They won and lost an equal number of matches out of the ten that they played. Securing ten points, their net run rate stood at -0.673. They won three out of the five last matches.

  • PSL 2018

They came second out of the six teams which participated in the league stage. The total number of points stood at eleven and they narrowly defeated Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators as they had a point less than the Karachi Kings in the league stage points table.

  • PSL 2017

Their performance exactly wasn’t that great as they came third out of the five teams in this edition of the PSL. They could have been fourth had the Islamabad United had a better net run rate. They managed to win the four out of the last five matches against others.

  • PSL 2016

In the first season of the PSL, they finished second last out of the five teams in the league stage. They avoided finishing last as they had somewhat better run rate than Lahore Qalandars. This was the case because they lost four out of their five last matches.




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Cricket Cake I How To Make A Cricket Cake? I Cricketfile


Cricket Cake

Like most creative cakes, cricket theme cake is based on the sport’s theme. It is created while keeping in mind that the result should look like a cricket ground. Fans of cricket will love this if you do it for their birthday as it would become a wonderful and memorable memory.

How To Make A Cricket Cake? (Complete Recipe)


  • One jaffa
  • A cup of desiccated coconut
  • 300 grams of chocolate finger biscuits
  • Food coloring (green)
  • Vienna cream
  • Packet of butter cream mixture

For Decorations

  • Ice pick (wooden)
  • Skewers (bamboo)

Steps for making a cricket birthday cake

Step 1:

Make cake as per the packet directions. Then spoon into deep cake tin.

Step 2:

Proceed to bake at moderate temperature for about 45 minutes or till it gets cooked properly

Step 3:

Turn to wire rack for cooling purposes.

Step 4:

Lower a bit of when compared to chocolate biscuits sticks so the sticks give an appearance of that of a boundary or fence. Now flip the cake so that cut out side faces downwards.

Step 5:

Mix up 2 tsp of Vienna cream with sifted cocoa of half the quantity. Now, mark a rectangle (like the pitch) on the top and spread chocolate cream in it.

Step 6:

As for the residual Vienna cream, add the green coloring to it and then apply it to the remaining surface of the cake.

Step 7:

Arrange the choco sticks around the main cake and then cover the top with coconut (the green tinted one). Care must be taken so as to not to disturb the chocolate pitch).

Step 8:

For the bamboo skewers, make miniature stumps from them and if possible, also the bails.

Step 9:

The ice pick will be used to make the cricket bat. You can use your own creativity and imagination for doing the same.





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Cricketers Who Got Padma Bhushan I Padma Bhushan In Cricket


What is a Padma Bhushan in cricket?

While the names of the fields for which Padma awards are given and the associated rules and criteria are given on the official website. When it comes to sports, it should be noted that Maharashtra has dominated when it comes to the number of Padma awardees.

Many mistake Padma Bhushan to be the second highest civilian award but it is the third after Bharat Ratna (1st) and Padma Vibhushan (2nd). The award since its inception has been given to about a thousand individuals.

List Of Cricketers Who Got Padma Bhushan

Before we proceed with the list, we would like to say that cricketers dominate as the winners of Padma awards when it comes to those awarded to sportspersons.

1. Lala Amarnath (1991)

While he played cricket from 1933 to 1955, his sons went on to become international cricketers (Mohinder and Surinder Amarnath). The reason why his career lasted for just 24 test matches is because just a few matches after his debut, World War 2 began (1939) and he lost close to 6 years of his athletic prime (till 1945).

His family too suffered in partition and had to relocate like lakhs of others.

2. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (2018)

He received the award fairly late in his career. Though he was a recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award ten years before. Many got to know more about his life via MS Dhoni: The Untold Story in which Sushant Singh Rajput played his role.

Though retired, he does play in the IPL and has a massive fan following amongst Indian cricket fans. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is known to have humble nature and many still remember him as captain cool.

3. Rahul Dravid (2013)

The Wall as he used to be referred to was one of the best test cricket batsmen that India had seen in the sport. Besides Padma Bhushan, he has also received the Padma Shri award. In total, he has scored more than 24000 runs in international cricket with his test batting average being as high as 52.31.

The most infamous incident involving him was when he declared innings as the team captain when Sachin Tendulkar was very close to his double century.

4. Kapil Dev (1991)

He got his Padma Shri in 1982 and then went on to lead the 1983 champion Indian cricket team. His story of winning the World Cup is being made into a movie called 83. Few know that he has also written four books including one on Sikhi. Post retirement, he became a golfer. He hails from Chandigarh city.

5. Chandu Borde (2002)

Borde’s international career lasted from 1958 to 1969. Later, he became the head of the selection committee twice. In total, he played 55 test matches with an average of 35.59. His autobiography is titled Panther’s Paces. As for domestic cricket, he played for Bombay and Baroda team.

6. DB Deodhar (1991)

While he didn’t play any international cricket match, but he was a able cricket administrator who went on to become MCA (Maharashtra Cricket Association) president, BCCI vice president besides being a national team selector. Few know that he lived for more than a hundred years and was the first Indian cricketer to have achieved this feat.

The above players have featured in the list of padma bhushan award winners in cricket.

Why are cricketers awarded Padma Bhushan?

Padma awards including Padma Bhushan are given to those who do exceptionally well in their field of work. Given the service that people in the sports segment provide to the nation, it is imperative that they will be felicitated by these awards.

India has progressed extensively in cricket and that has resulted in a lot of cricketers being awarded. Given the large number of capable young cricketers that are emerging, it is highly likely that more number of Padma Bhushans will be given to cricketers in future.

Getting the highest civilian awards is indeed a satisfying experience since the government itself is acknowledging the individual contribution to the betterment of the society and country.




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Pakistani Cricketers Wives I Wives Of Pakistani Cricketers


Pakistani Cricketers Wives

Name Wife Of
Rubab Khan Shoaib Akhtar
Komal Khan Sohail Tanvir
Aaiza Ilyas Kamran Akmal
Amber Hafeez Imran Nazir
Sania Hilal Mohammed Asif
Faryal Waqar Waqar Younis
Zainab Choudhary Wahab Riaz
Noor Amna Umar Akmal
Nazia Hafeez Mohammed Hafeez
Uzma Khan Misbah-Ul-Haq
Nadia Afridi Shaheed Afridi
Narjis Khatun Mohammed Amir
Naila Azhar Azhar Ali
Sana Murad Ahmed Shahzad
Syed Khusbaht Sarfraz Ahmed

These are a few of wives of various Pakistani cricketers. It should also be noted that some of the players mentioned above have retired.

Many Of Them Don’t Have A Social Media Profile

This is indeed true. Several reasons can be attributed to this. They are:

  • The culture in Pakistan isn’t that accepting of the same.
  • Most of these women hail from middle to low income backgrounds and have no motive of capitalizing on the name and fame of their cricketer husbands.

Have Pakistani Cricketers Married Non-Pakistani Women?

Yes, Shoaib Malik for instance married Sania Mirza. There are several instances where this has happened. Though divorces too are somewhat there in such cases. In some cases, the woman who married also went on to convert to Islam. Though unrelated, it was also in case of Mohammed Yousuf.

While these are facts, it is better not to comment anything about the personal decisions made by two consenting adults.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How many times has Imran Khan married?


Who was Imran Khan’s 1st wife?

Jemima Goldsmith

Who was Imran Khan’s 2nd wife?

Reham Khan

Who is Imran Khan’s 3rd wife?

Bushra Bibi

Will Imran Khan marry again?

It is possible that he might marry again. After all, he is just 68 years old. Maybe he might troll his fans by marrying again when he is 69. In his appearance in Aap Ki Adalat he referred to his married years of his life as the best ones of all.






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Lahore Qalandars Team I Lahore Qalandars I Cricketfile



Lahore is perhaps one of the most popular cities and hence, it is obvious that there will be a team representing the city. The Qalandars is captained by Pakistani cricketer Sohail Akhtar and is coached by Aaqib Javed, who happens to be an ex-Pakistani cricketer.

Interestingly, the team always ended at the bottom of the table in the first four PSLs, but then reached the final of the 2020 edition. But there, they lost the match to the Karachi Kings who went on to have their first-ever PSL title.


The current owner of the team is QALCO (Qatar Lubricants Co. Ltd.). At the time its rights were sold to QALCO for 25 million USD, it was the second most expensive team after the Karachi Kings. QALCO, as you might have guessed, is a Qatar based company specializing in lubricants and machine oils.

Home Ground

Their home ground is the famous Gaddafi Stadium. Owned by the PCB and operated by the Central Punjab Cricket Association, the stadium has been named after Libyan leader Muammar Al Gaddafi. PCB’s headquarters are also located in this stadium complex. The PCB did think about renaming the ground after the death of the Libyan leader in the year 2011, but it is still known by its original name.

Facts About Lahore Qalandars

  • They share a fierce rivalry with the Karachi Kings.
  • Most successful captains have been Sohail Akhtar and Mohammad Hafeez.
  • They have been the most successful against the Quetta Gladiators and  in terms of percentage of matches won.
  • While on the other hand, they have been quite ineffective against Islamabad United.
  • Fakhar Zaman is the highest run-scorer with about 1000+ runs to his name.
  • Shaheen Afridi is the best bowler in terms of the total number of wickets taken (28 wickets).

Performance of Lahore Qalandars in Pakistan Super League

  • PSL 2020

They were able to play all their matches but still came in third on the table. They won and lost an equal number of matches out of the ten. They won four out of five last league matches and secured ten points with a net run rate of -0.072.

  • PSL 2019

By far one of their worst seasons since they came in last out of the six teams. They did have an equal number of points as Multan Sultans but had a far worse net run rate. Out of the ten matches that they played, they won three and lost seven.

  • PSL 2018

They were a distant last this team as they had just six points. Their net run rate was also the poorest of all and stood at -0.931. They won three matches while lost seven games. Had they been able to win a couple of matches more, the situation would have been different.

  • PSL 2017

In this season too, they finished last. There were five teams in this season and they were two points behind the Islamabad United who had eight points. Since the league had a few times, there weren’t more matches to rework on their bad performance and hence, they came last.

  • PSL 2016

In the very first season too they were at the bottom of the points table for the league matches. This time however they had an equal number of points as the Karachi Kings who too had lost six and won two matches. Incidentally, both these teams lost four out of their last five matches.




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Cricketers Who Changed Their Religion I Cricketfile


Why It Is Necessary To Discuss This?

Yes, religion and cricket aren’t remotely related but an incident showed that this isn’t the case. It was Shoaib Akhtar indirectly said it on a Pakistani TV program how a Hindu Pakistani cricketer Danish Kaneria was discriminated against.

While that might be a topic for later discussion, let’s go through those who changed their religion.

List Of Cricketers Who Changed Their Religion

AG Kripal Singh

He was a Sikh by birth but then fell in love with a Christian woman. He then became a Christian to get married to her and removed his Kesh while claiming to be practicing both the religions.

Vinod Kambli

While Vinod did marry two Christian women, he didn’t convert during his first marriage. During his 2nd marital relationship with Andrea Hewitt, he converted to Christianity and went on to name his son Jesus.

Mahmudul Hasan

In perhaps a rare occasion, Bangladeshi cricketer Hasan became a Hindu from Muslim and went on to change his name to Vikash Ranjan Das.

Wayne Parnell

The South Africa player choose to become a Muslim in 2011. In a strange twist, he said his fellow Muslim teammates had nothing to do with this. Interestingly, while most Muslims converts take up new Islamic names, this hasn’t been in the case of Wayne.

T. Dilshan

Dilscoop fame Dilshan’s mother was a Buddhist while his father was a Muslim. But later, he became a Buddhist by belief. Besides being a cricketer, he also appears on TV in various entertainment shows.

Suraj Randiv

Another Sri Lankan cricketer who became a Buddhist. After retirement, he is now working as a bus driver in Melbourne. He didn’t have a prolific cricketing career though.

Mohammad Yusuf

Inzmam Ul Haq claimed that Yusuf’s conversion to Islam led to his batting average getting improved. His wife also converted to Islam with him as well. Now whether he converted out of his genuine interest or because of pressure is a debatable issue.

The reason we say this is because minority rights in Pakistan for Hindus and Christians are almost non-existent.

Why do cricketers change their religion?

Changing religion or converting from one religion to another has several reasons. They can be:

  • Changing religion to that of the spouse for whatever reasons like in the case of Vinod Kambli.
  • Being genuinely interested in another religion and having the desire to follow it religiously.
  • Being forced to convert by teammates or getting motivated from a friend or teammate. Although the example of getting forced isn’t there, many Pakistani cricketers have been found to preaching a particular faith or asking other players to convert.

But the question is, is changing religion necessary? Yes, it is possible to follow good things about any religion without converting but the issue is indeed a personal one.


These were the cricketers who changed their religious affiliation in their lifetime. A point to note here is that religion is a personal matter and as cricket fans, we should focus only on the sport and the players as they are.






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Famous Pakistani Shia Cricketers I Shia Cricketers


Shia Vs Sunni By Percentage

The following percentages are approximate.

Sunni 85%
Shia 15%

As you can notice, Shia’s are a minority while Sunnis are a majority in the country. It should be noted that Jinnah however was Shia.

List Of Famous Pakistani Shia Cricketers

1.     Zulfiqar Babar

While he did represent the country in international cricket, his career didn’t last long and spanned from 2013 to 2016. Babar played 15 tests and 5 ODIs. However, his domestic cricket career was somewhat prolonged as Zulfiqar Babar played 101 first-class and 91 List A games. As for PSL, he has been a part of the Quetta Gladiators and Karachi Kings.

One of the reasons why his career didn’t last long was that he made his debut very late. His father incidentally was a footballer.

2.     Mohsin Hassan Khan

Mohsin Hassan Khan started out his career in 1977 and retired in 1989. His father happened to be an officer in the Navy as well. Khan also has the distinction of hitting a double century in test cricket. He however went on to play for 48 tests and 75 ODIs. An interesting detail about him is that he married Reena Roy, a Bollywood actress.

They the divorced but Mohsin did act in some Bollywood movies. The couple also had a daughter who now lives in India with Reena. In 2010, he became the chief selector of the national team for a year.

3.     Zulqarnain Haider

A one test wonder (someone who played a single test match, but performed very well), Haider’s career ended on a disastrous note when he tried to seek asylum in London citing threat to his life. Not just that, Zulqarnain Haider even announced his retirement from cricket then. His international career met a sad end as he played just 4 ODIs and a test.


These were some of the Shia cricketers that represented Pakistan. Hopefully, more of them will do so and do their bit for the sport.





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