• The following are the major records/milestones that have been created in the one day matches played between Afghanistan and Scotland one day series and also in the one day series between Ireland vs Netherlands.

     

    First one day game: Afghanistan vs Scotland at Ayr on 16.08.10

     

    - In reply to Scotland's total of 224 for 9 in 50.0 overs, Afghanistan scored 225 for one in 31.0 overs and won the match by nine wickets. The highlight of the Afghanistan's innings was the hundreds by opening batsmen Karim Sadiq and Mohammad Shahzad who scored 114 not out and 100 not out respectively. The latter's feat came as an wicket keeper.

     

    - Karim Sadiq's 114 not out and Mohammad Shazad's 100 not out in this game provide the 86th occasion of two batsmen scoring hundreds in an innings in one day games. The feat of these two batsmen also provide the sixth occasion of a non test playing nation's batsmen performing such a feat.

     

    - The six occaions read thus - DN Chudasma {122} and KO Otieno {144} of Kenya vs

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  • How much is too much cricket? Where does one draw the line? The issue has cropped up following the complaint by the Indian players that their heavy workload is taking its toll. The international schedule really is tight, but then, it would be easy to say that the Indian cricketers should not crib about too much cricket. This is the way the game is played these days for better or for worse and it is time they accepted it particularly as they are being paid handsomely as professionals.

     

    There was a time when cricket was a seasonal sport, when the season in India ran from November to March, when there were just a handful of Test matches every year, when the sport was more a leisurely activity. The change towards a packed calendar took place many years ago, but for some time now it has been virtually non-stop cricket. No more is it a seasonal sport, it is played round the year.

     

    The formats have increased, the teams have multiplied and there is demand for more and more cricket from

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  • Not so long ago, the predominant narrative in the cricketing discourse revolved around "player burnout" or what is now today called as "exhaustion". It took the BCCI to splash some cash around to silence it and somewhere, the focus through the Indian Premier League (IPL) went towards "creating a global Indian product" at the cost of its content - the players.

    Now, in the typically circular fashion of cricket debates, "burnout" has resurfaced, with some Indian cricketers apparently upset with the calendar thrust on them -- a calendar driven not by sound logic but by the greed of those who matter,  leaving the poor player with no choice except to follow the diktat. This re-visiting of the topic has predictably resulted in pro forma denials and a studied silence on the part of the Board -- a technique that body has perfected over the years.

    Player welfare

     

    In the modern era, given the way cricket is played and administered, player welfare becomes a critical, if not the most important

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