Cricket is back in Pakistan. After six long years of wandering the globe playing “home” matches in the Middle East and England, international cricket has returned to Pakistan beginning with Friday’s T20 in Lahore.
Prior to the match, Zimbabwean captain Elton Chigumbura shared some thoughtful remarks about isolation and the honor to be playing in Pakistan. Chigumbura noted that Zimbabwe “have also experienced international isolation. Team [sic] would say we won’t visit Zimbabwe due to security concerns. But we won’t let that happen with our brother. You can’t kill the spirit of cricket.” He went on to add that Zimbabwe “are happy that we are contributing to help the youngsters see their heroes perform for them at home.” A nice gesture to a country filled with pride and rightfully excited to see the return of the sport they love so much.
On a weekend that features England versus New Zealand at Lord’s as well as the playoffs and final of the IPL, it is easy to overlook the Zimbabwe tour of Pakistan, but this is one that deserves publicity and attention. Continue reading
We’ll have more on the third West Indies v. England Test soon, but in the meantime, it appears that Jermaine isn’t the only Blackwood proficient with the bat. Meet Bruce—Jermaine’s brother—who, of all places, appears to play his cricket in the United States for Sportsmen’s Athletic Club.
Sending you off into the weekend with another Pathé video. This time it is Towser, the Australian wicketkeeping pooch. Enjoy!
Yesterday, former Australian Test captain and unparalleled commentator Richie Benaud passed away at the age of 84. There will innumerous words offered on behalf of Benaud in the coming weeks, rightfully celebrating the legend’s life. However, perhaps the greatest eulogy of all has already been delivered by the Benaud himself.
Enjoy—and rest in peace, Richie.
A stable of stars does not a team make—but that doesn’t stop the Royal Challengers from attempting to disprove this truism year after year. Known more for collecting big names than securing big results, the two-time IPL runners-up haven’t managed to seal a playoff spot since 2011, where they lost to Chennai in the finals. Yet despite the lackluster campaigns of the past several years, logic dictates that the immense talent of Bangalore must eventually coalesce. And with a squad filled with names such as Kohli, Gayle, Starc, and de Villers, it’s hard not to think that 2015 will finally be there year where it all comes together.
Although the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup is now in the rearview, there is plenty of exciting international cricket in the coming months ahead.
One tour on the calendar this month that is of great excitement to From Hyderabad to Hove is England’s tour of the West Indies beginning on April 13th and running through May 5th. Windies will feel they can go on and take the series at home given England’s current lack of form.
Starting the Cricket World Cup Final weekend with a great video from Pathé on the making of cricket balls in 1956. Enjoy.
From Hyderabad to Hove is a site dedicated to following the Indian Premier League and County Championship beginning with the 2015 seasons.