Thursday, January 20, 2011

Foreword: Cricket Milestones

By Wasim Akram

The frequency with which international cricket matches are being played these days it seems a matter of time for the records to be broken. We are not sure for how long Sachin Tendulkar’s records of highest Test centuries or aggregate will stand. But it’s a fantastic idea to put together the records of the first-timers because that’s never going to change.

Obviously Sachin Tendulkar will always be mentioned as the first batsman to score 12,000 runs in Test cricket, Shane Warne will remain the first bowler to claim 700 Test wickets and I will be holding the honour of being the first bowler to capture 500 wickets in One-day Internationals.

Quality books on cricket have been coming thick and fast in some other countries and it’s a pleasure to note that the same is now happening in Pakistan also. I hope that our authors, writers, journalists, historians and statisticians will put in even stronger effort in future to bring to light the accomplishments of our great cricketers.

Cricket is the most popular game of the country and I know there are a lot of people, particularly youngsters, who are passionate about reading about the game. Then there are a section of cricket followers who are crazy about the statistical aspects of the game. So the local publishers have an area to work on with greater zeal.

Meanwhile I would like to commend Shahzad Ali Khan, a seasoned statistician, for having compiled this handy and unique 100-page book by the title of ‘Cricket Milestones’ under the supervision of senior journalists Ehsan Qureshi and Syed Khalid Mahmood.

***For further details about Cricket Milestones, please write to or call Asad Raza at 0333-2304024

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