Wasim Akram is a Pakistani former cricketer, cricket commentator, and coach. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time. He is counted amongst the finest exponents of reverse swing bowling. He became a commentator and coach following his retirement as a player. He is a recipient of the Pakistan Government’s Hilal-e-Imtiaz award.
Australian cricketer Steve Smith captained the Australian Test team and also tied with Garry Sobers when he made a record 6,000 Test runs in 111 innings, the second-best after Donald Bradman. The Allan Border Medal-winning batsman was banned from Australian cricket for a year for overseeing ball tampering.
Ben Stokes is an English cricketer. Considered one of the most important players in all three formats of the game, Stokes was honored with the ICC Award for Best Men's Cricketer in 2019. In 2019 and 2020, he was adjudged the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World. Ben Stokes is currently serving as the captain of the England Test team.
The first six-time CSA award winner, South African cricketer Kagiso Rabada also became the eighth Proteas bowler to take 200 Test wickets, beating the likes of Allan Donald. He has, however, often been seen breaking ICC rules on the field and was also in trouble once for shouldering Steven Smith.
Shane Watson is an Australian former cricketer. A right-handed batsman and a right-handed fast-medium swing bowler, he used to play for Australia’s national cricket team. He holds several records in T20Is, ODIs, and T20s and was counted among the best all-rounders of his era. He launched a sports clinic for children in 2017. He also hosts a podcast.
Indian right-handed batsman Ajinkya Rahane started his first-class career representing Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy. He is the current vice-captain of the Indian national Test cricket team. He has also represented the IPL teams Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals. He was the 2015-2015 CEAT Indian Cricketer of the Year.
Steve Bucknor is a Jamaican former cricket umpire who officiated in 181 ODIs including five successive Cricket World Cup finals between 1992 and 2007. He has also officiated in a record 128 Test matches from 1989 to 2009. In 2007, Steve Bucknor was honored with the prestigious Order of Jamaica for services to cricket.
A talented South African all-rounder, Albie Morkel was often likened to Lance Klusener. Born to a cricketer father, it came as no surprise when he chose the game as a career option. However, he never had much of international success and now coaches the Namibian national cricket team.
Misbah-ul-Haq is a former Pakistani cricketer and coach. He captained the Pakistani teams in test cricket and One Day Internationals (ODIs). He was a middle-order batsman best known for his composed playing though he was also capable of being an aggressive big shot player when required. He holds the record for the fastest fifty in test cricket.
Cricketer Dean Elgar started out well, leading the South African Under-19 World Cup team in 2006, and became the captain of the South African national team in 2021. He is regarded as a pillar for the South African middle order and is known for his stability.
Born to a Pakistani cricket administrator, Umar Akmal later joined the Pakistani national cricket team. He was once banned by the PCB for his links to a spot-fixing scandal. In 2020, he was trolled on social media for mentioning how cricketer Abdul Razzaq was his mother from another brother
Sarfraz Ahmed is a Pakistani professional cricket player. He plays as a wicketkeeper-batsman for the Pakistani national cricket team. In the past, he has captained the Pakistani side in all formats. Under his captaincy, Pakistan won the Champions Trophy in 2017. He received the Sitara-i-Imtiaz in 2018, becoming the youngest cricketer to be awarded this honor.
Currently a world-renowned cricket umpire, Aleem Dar is also a former Pakistani cricketer. He not only became the first from his country to be named to the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires but has also officiated in over 150 ODIs. He has also won Pakistan’s Pride of Performance award.
With his towering 7’1” frame, Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Irfan has scripted history as the tallest player to ever play first-class or international cricket. While he initially worked in a plastic pipe factory to support his family, he was soon scouted by former cricketer Aaqib Javed. He was later suspended for corruption.