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Cool Did you know… Some Historical Facts about ICC Matchs

In 2003, Pakistan’s Shoaib Akhtar, bowled cricket’s first recorded 100 mph delivery against England’s Nick Knight.The first World Cup match to be abandoned was in 1996, because of unruly behaviour when a group of Indian fans in Calcutta began throwing bottles on the field as India was losing to Sri Lanka.
The first pinch-hitter was New Zealand’s bewhiskered Mark Greatbatch, who in 1992, playing in seven (7) matches made 313 runs off 356 balls, hitting thirty-two (32) fours and thirteen (13) sixes.
In 1987, the matches were reduced from 60 overs to 50 overs when the World Cup was hosted in India/Pakistan because of the shortened daylight hours there.
The World Cup begun in 1975, with eight (8) teams participating, and fifteen (15) matches played in fifteen (15) days.
Vivian Richards has won the award five (5) times, the highest for a West Indian, with Brian Lara four (4) times and Gordon Greenidge three (3) times.
In 2003, fourteen (14) teams played fifty-four (54) matches in forty-three(43) days.
Neutral umpires stood for the first time in 1987.
Coloured clothing with the player’s name was introduced in 1992.
The 3rd umpire studied his first monitor in 1996.
The controversial Super Sixes was intro duced in 1999.
A pinch-hitter refers to a batsman promoted up the order who goes for his shots from the start.
Sri Lanka became the first side batting second to win the World Cup in 1996.
Canada’s John Davison smashed a 67 ball century against the West Indies in 2003, the fastest century in World Cup history.
In the 1975 World Cup Tournament 15 matches were played.
In the 1979 World Cup Tournament 14 matches were played.
In the 1983 and 1987 World Cup Tournaments 27 matches were played.
In the 1992 World Cup Tournament 39 matches were played.
In the 1996 World Cup Tournament 36 matches were played.
In the 1999 World Cup Tournament 42 matches were played (2 forfeited).
In the 2003 World Cup Tournament 52 matches were played.
India’s Sachin Tendulkar has won the Man of the Match award eight (8) times at the World Cup.
Talha Jubair of Bangladesh is the youngest player (17yrs. 07d) to play at the World Cup in 2002/2003.
N.E. Clarke of the Netherlands is the oldest player (47yrs. 257d) to play at the World Cup in 1995/1996.
Wasim Akram has played in thirty-eight (38) matches at the World Cup, the most for an individual.

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