Domestic Franchise

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Faf du Plessis.
Jim Smith - Mar 26, 2022

Neither the Punjab Kings nor the Royal Challengers Bangalore had particularly memorable IPL campaigns in 2021, which is something they will no doubt be desperate to put right having rebuilt their sides in the mega-auction. Both sides now look like they could forge some success in the 2022 edition of the IPL, but which team […]

Azam Khan and Mohammad Haris in action for Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi.
Jim Smith - Feb 23, 2022

Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi are set to face off in the first eliminator as the Pakistan Super League approaches its conclusion. Both sides will be desperate to keep their season alive, and both will feel they have the quality to go all the way. But who will come out on top? Read on for […]

Mohammad Rizwan in action for Multan Sultans.
Jim Smith - Feb 22, 2022

The two best sides of the round-robin stage of the Pakistan Super League are set to go head-to-head in the first match of the playoffs, with the reward for the winner a place in Sunday’s final. Multan Sultans will understandably be the favourites, but Lahore Qalandars have proven themselves a force to be reckoned with […]

Harry Brook in action for Lahore Qalandars.
Jim Smith - Feb 20, 2022

With both sides assured of their place in the playoffs and their finishing positions almost set in stone, there will not be a great deal riding on this clash between Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi. But both sides will want to make sure they head into the playoffs with some momentum. Who will come out […]

Mohammad Rizwan in action for Multan Sultans.
Jim Smith - Feb 20, 2022

Multan Sultans have been superb throughout the Pakistan Super League round-robin and the league leaders will be looking to end this stage of the tournament on a high. But they come up against an Islamabad United side who need a win to make absolutely sure of their place in the playoffs. Who will come out […]

Sharjeel Khan in action for Karachi Kings.
Jim Smith - Feb 19, 2022

Neither Quetta Gladiators nor Karachi Kings have had a Pakistan Super League to remember and both are set to miss out on the playoffs for the second consecutive year. But they will have high hopes of ending frustrating seasons with a win. Who will come out on top? Read on for our full Quetta Gladiators […]

Lahore Qalandars' Abdullah Shafique takes a catch.
Jim Smith - Feb 19, 2022

Lahore Qalandars have secured their spot in the playoffs already, but their grip on second spot has been weakened by Peshawar Zalmi’s late resurgence. Islamabad United, meanwhile, look odds on to finish inside the top four, but could use a win to make absolutely certain of their place. Who will come out on top here? […]

Sarfaraz Ahmed in PSL action for Quetta Gladiators.
Jim Smith - Feb 18, 2022

After a brief blip, the Multan Sultans winning machine got back to doing what it does best in its last match. But Mohammad Rizwan’s side now come up against a Quetta Gladiators side that still have hopes of reaching the playoffs, but are fast running out of rope. Will the Purple Force be able to […]

Colin Munro in action for Islamabad United.
Jim Smith - Feb 17, 2022

With the race to secure a play-off place heating up, Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi will clash with both looking to secure a valuable two points to make sure of their position in the top four. It should make for an entertaining clash, but who will come out on top? Read on for our full […]

Action from the PSL final, one of the franchise cricket leagues.
Mir Luqman - Feb 16, 2022

For many years, in fact for almost the entire history of the modern game, international cricket has defined the sport. There was always value in domestic cricket, make no mistake about that, but it served mostly as a means of making the international game possible. Of late, however, international cricket has seemingly started to stagnate […]

Khushdil Shah in action for Multan Sultans.
Jim Smith - Feb 16, 2022

These two sides head into this game having had sharply contrasting fortunes in the 2022 edition of the Pakistan Super League. Multan Sultans have already guaranteed their spot in the playoffs, whilst Karachi Kings have been eliminated after a historically bad season so far. But they have the chance to restore some pride here. Who […]

Karachi Kings' Chris Jordan run out against Islamabad United.
Mir Luqman - Feb 15, 2022

The 2022 edition of the Pakistan Super League has undoubtedly been an embarrassment for Karachi Kings. They were led by the star batsman and Pakistan captain Babar Azam, but were still a long away short of being competitive in the PSL. As the tournament approaches its closing stages, they have lurched from excruciating defeat to […]

Ben Cutting in action for Peshawar Zalmi.
Jim Smith - Feb 14, 2022

With the Pakistan Super League table now having taken shape, neither Peshawar Zalmi nor Quetta Gladiators are likely to be overly enamoured with the picture before them. Quetta sit in fourth place on six points, Peshawar in fifth behind their opponents here on run-rate. With just two matches left for both after this, victory here […]

Shadab Khan in action for Islamabad United.
Jim Smith - Feb 13, 2022

It has been a miserable year in the Pakistan Super League for Karachi Kings and their hopes of making the playoffs are already all but over. There will surely be little confidence left in the side as a result ahead of a daunting fixture against Islamabad United who, by way of contrast, have plenty still […]

Quetta Gladiators captain Sarfraz Ahmed in action.
Jim Smith - Feb 13, 2022

Lahore Qalandars have been a growing force in this year’s Pakistan Super League and hopes will be growing that they can win their first title. But Quetta Gladiators have considerable experience and enough power in the batting line-up to hurt opponents. Who will come out on top? Read on for our full Lahore Qalandars vs […]

Babar Azam in action for Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi.
Jim Smith - Feb 12, 2022

The second-leg of the Pakistan Super League is upon us. Karachi Kings have endured a miserable campaign so far, but if they can start winning and winning well they still have an outside chance of making the playoffs. Peshawar Zalmi are in a stronger position, but they too can afford few slip-ups. Who will come […]

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Jimmy Anderson in action as England skittle New Zealand.
Jim Smith - Feb 12, 2022

England’s latest red-ball reset has gotten off to a flying start with England skittling New Zealand at Lords. Having lost the toss and been put into the field by the Black Caps on what looked like a good day for batting day, it did not take long for Jimmy Anderson to make an impact on […]

Angelo Mathews was player of the match in the Chattogram Test.
Jim Smith - Feb 12, 2022

There was not very much in it for the bowlers in the Chattogram Test and not for the first time. Angelo Mathews, in particular, delivered a timely reminder of his quality with the bat, falling just one run short of a double century in Sri Lanka’s first innings. Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim struck centuries […]

Ben Stokes in action for Durham ahead of England vs New Zealand.
Jim Smith - Feb 12, 2022

England have named their first 13-man squad of the new era under Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes. The immediate takeaway is that if English cricket administrators have not always been as appreciative of Stuart Broad and James Anderson as they should have been, England cricket fans will certainly be grateful that they can call upon […]

Tom Harrison leaves the ECB with the game in poor repair.
Jim Smith - Feb 12, 2022

Tom Harrison ends his reign as CEO of the England and Wales Cricket Board with the game in disarray. The principal victim of that is cricket in England and Wales, but it is also an unedifying end to the career of a man who brought a great deal to the sport. The TV rights package […]

Alex Lees in County action ahead of England vs New Zealand.
Jim Smith - Feb 12, 2022

With the start of the English Test summer now barely three weeks away, the stage is set for an entertaining England vs New Zealand tussle. The two sides have met fairly regularly of late and there should be few secrets, not least because England’s new coach is none other than former-Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum, […]

Ben Stokes in action for England.
Jim Smith - Feb 12, 2022

Ben Stokes is clearly an inspirational leader. Whether it single-handedly leading England to victory at Headingley – surely his finest moment – or captaining a scratch English side to a 3-0 victory against a full-strength Pakistan, he is clearly a cricketer that teammates will follow. That he is extravagantly gifted, to the extent that he […]

Shan Masood in action for Derbyshire CCC.
Jim Smith - Feb 12, 2022

England has not been a happy hunting ground for Shan Masood when representing Pakistan. He has scored only 250 runs in total across nine innings in England, with 156 of those coming in one superb knock when Pakistan last toured the country. In his other eight innings, he has failed to record a score of […]

English Test Cricket is at its lowest ebb.
Jim Smith - Feb 12, 2022

The abject performance of the Test team has been the defining story in English cricket over the last 18 months. The summer of 2020 was reasonably positive for England as they beat the West Indies 2-1 and Pakistan 1-0, before recording a dominant 3-0 win away from home against Sri Lanka. They even got the […]