Wikipedia:WikiProject Cricket

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A WikiProject dedicated to improving Wikipedia's coverage of topics related to cricket.

Welcome to WikiProject Cricket, a group of Wikipedia editors that work on topics relating to the sport of cricket. Please join us and contribute to the project's development. If you are interested, please add your name to the list of project members.

If you have any questions about the project, or about any aspect of cricket in general, please use our project talk page and someone will try to give you an answer as soon as possible.


This WikiProject is about the sport of cricket and it aims to:

  • create and maintain articles about all people and subjects that are notable in cricketing terms
  • maintain an efficient and navigable category system to ensure that all cricket-related articles can easily be found by interested readers
  • create and maintain templates useful for editing and standardising cricket-related articles
  • update and maintain Category:Cricket templates as the root of a comprehensive, well-structured and navigable category system for all cricket-related templates
  • increase the number of well-written cricket-related articles by expanding all stubs to start-class and improving all start-class articles to B-class at least
  • accurately classify the status and importance of all cricket-related articles
  • co-ordinate team efforts and peer review cricket-related articles
  • keep Portal:Cricket and Current sports events up-to-date, particularly when international matches take place and the senior domestic titles are decided
  • keep Recent deaths and Current sports events up to date when a notable cricketer dies (in addition, sad though it is, a newspaper obituary presents an opportunity to improve the cricketer's biography)
  • expand the biographies of everyone who has played senior cricket with distinction; this includes all cricketers who were famous before Test cricket began and all cricketers who have played in at least one Test, at least one ODI or at least one T20I.

As of 23 October 2019, there are 39,566 articles within the scope of WikiProject Cricket, of which 316 are featured and 143 are good articles. These articles have the {{WikiProject Cricket}} template on their talk page.

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Recent deaths[edit]

Here is a centralised place to announce the recent deaths of cricketing people. Newspaper obituaries can be a good source of material for improving the articles. Consider updating recent deaths.

See also the automated Wikidata list.

Recently updated articles[edit]

The following cricket-related articles have been recently updated or created (note: this is not a complete list, just a list of articles which WikiProject Cricket participants wish to bring to the attention of other participants):

HERE is a bot generated list of new possible cricket related articles. (rules, log).

Assistance needed[edit]

We would particularly like to enrol:

Images, Templates, Infoboxes[edit]


Cricket-related images can be browsed at:

  • See /Templates for example templates, including infoboxes
  • See /Team templates for cricket team templates which include flags and team links
Requests for help with or the addition of infoboxes may be made here.


A quiz to test and improve your general knowledge of cricket is at Wikipedia:WikiProject Cricket/Quiz. Feel free to join in. A thousand questions set and answered already!

Deletion sorting[edit]

Cricket related articles up for deletion are listed at Wikipedia:WikiProject Deletion sorting/Cricket. If you see any new AfD's please add them to this list so participants can be made aware.


Project members are listed at WP:CRICMEM. Feel free to add your name and join us. You may use the {{WikiProject Cricket/Welcome}} template to invite other users to join the project.


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The oldest cricket bat is awarded in recognition of sterling contributions to WikiProject Cricket. This award was introduced by jguk on 14 August 2005 but may be awarded by any WikiProject Cricket participant.
Cricket cash is awarded for starting quality new articles/ templates/ categories/ lists/ images.

Featured material[edit]

Notability criteria guideline for article inclusion[edit]

See also: Wikipedia:Importance and Wikipedia:Criteria for inclusion of biographies.
This is the expanded detail of the agreed guidelines, that are summarised in the Cricket section of the Notability (sports) guidelines.

WikiProject Cricket participants have adopted the following guidelines for notability of cricket people, men's and women's cricket having equal importance, to qualify as the subject of an article in Wikipedia:

The "highest international or domestic level" qualification includes any player or umpire (both men and women) who has appeared in a Test match since 1877; or in a limited overs international (including Twenty20 internationals) since 1971; or in any senior domestic competition or match.

The countries which acquired ICC Full Member status before the 1947 ICC first-class definition are Australia, British Isles, India, New Zealand, South Africa and the West Indies. British Isles essentially means England but it is complicated because it includes Wales and has, at times, included Scotland and all or part of Ireland. West Indies is a loose federation for cricketing purposes of various nations in the Caribbean area. South African domestic cricket extended to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). There has been first-class domestic cricket in the British Isles since at least 1697. It is generally agreed that first-class domestic matches were first played 1851 in Australia; 1864 in India; 1864 in New Zealand; 1889 in South Africa; 1865 in the West Indies.

The countries which acquired ICC Full Member status after the 1947 ICC first-class definition are Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Ireland. In theory, their first-class domestic cricket began when they were promoted but, in practice, it has tended to be when a suitable first-class domestic tournament could be organised. The dates of these were 1947 in Pakistan; 1988 in Sri Lanka; 1993 in Zimbabwe; 2000 in Bangladesh; 2017 in Afghanistan; 2017 in Ireland. Note that all of these countries staged first-class international matches in earlier years.

Senior domestic first-class competitions include the County Championship, the Ranji Trophy, the Sheffield Shield, etc. Senior domestic limited overs competitions include all List A matches and the Twenty20 Cup, Indian Premier League, etc. Senior individual matches (i.e., played outside organised competitions) are those shown to be important, especially if historically significant, by substantial secondary sources as outlined in Historical sources.

Note that the term "first-class cricket" is misleading. First, it is largely a subjective term as, officially, the classification did not begin until 1895 (i.e., in Great Britain only; worldwide in 1947) and will not be applied retrospectively according to the 1947 ICC definition. Second, it is essentially about statistics which ignore the more important historical aspect if statistical information is missing. In practice, the term is loosely applied to important cricket matches since the 17th century (i.e., specifically to those played eleven-a-side with two innings each). The "important match" designation was created by the the Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians (ACS) in 1982 to classify matches played before the first-class definition. It is better to think of top-level domestic cricket as an all-embracing concept that includes modern limited overs cricket and historic single wicket cricket as well as important/first-class 11-a-side double innings matches. Hence, a player who represented Kent in the earliest known inter-county match in 1709 is as notable as a player who represented Kent's first team in any recent County Championship season.

In practice, this project has de facto tended to use online sites as a sort of default for determining first-class status before 1947 (or 1895 in Great Britain). This is because of convenience. It must be understood that more substantial secondary sources (e.g., Arthur Haygarth, F. S. Ashley-Cooper, G. B. Buckley, Roy Webber, Bill Frindall, the ACS, Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, etc.) sometimes express different opinions about match status and these sources always have greater credibility as, indeed, they are to a large extent the sources used by the websites. It must be remembered that the websites, reliable secondary sources themselves, are not always correct and many matches are not even found there. The point is that an editor should if possible use substantial book sources instead of online sources for the purpose of WP:V re the notability of a given match or player, though it is always worth pointing out that a different view of the said notability is expressed by other secondary sources (including the websites) if appropriate. (In addition to WP:V, all articles must comply with WP:NOR and WP:NPOV.)

The ICC World Cup Qualifier and the World Cricket League are international competitions officially recognised by the ICC in which the participants are teams representing the Associate membership of the ICC.

In addition, non-players who have made a notable contribution to cricket should have articles. These include umpires (as above), patrons, benefactors, administrators, coaches, writers, broadcasters, historians and so on. With these, it is important to ensure that the article's introduction outlines the person's notability in terms of his or her contribution to the sport. There is bound to be a more subjective view of such contributions whereas an appearance in a senior cricket match enables a purely objective view to be taken.

Note especially that the person must have earned notability in their own right; they are not notable if they are only a member of a club, even if the club is notable.

Clubs, teams and venues

Following on from the above, all clubs and teams taking part in senior cricket matches are automatically qualified under the conditions of WP:N and WP:ORG; as are venues used in such matches. Difficulty may arise with clubs that have not competed at senior level and, similarly, with venues that have not staged first-class or List A matches. "Minor cricket" is a specific term in the sport that does not necessarily imply a lack of notability; in parallel with sports like association football and baseball, many cricket clubs in "minor leagues" are professionally run and do employ professional players. It is necessary to take an individual view about each country in terms of its own grassroots structure. WP:CRIC has decided that:

Re a venue (aka ground), WP:CRIC has agreed that its regular usage by a notable club ensures its own notability per se. Beyond a purely cricketing outlook, a venue is a recognised named site with a fixed geographic location and established community associations of a permanent nature which themselves ensure notability.


Please note that the failure to meet these criteria does not mean an article must be deleted; conversely, the meeting of any of these criteria does not mean that an article must be kept. These are merely rules of thumb which some editors choose to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to keep an article that is on articles for deletion. But, the terms of WP:ATHLETE and WP:ORG are binding and these must be quoted if difficulty arises in an AfD discussion.

Finally, please keep in mind that the article in question must actually document that the criterion is true. It is not enough to make vague claims in the article or rant about a person's importance on a talk page or AfD page: the article itself must document notability, and preferably in the lead. For example, the introductory text of a biography must make clear that the subject is an important, first-class or ListA cricketer.

N.B.: Judge notability by reference to a substantial secondary source that makes clear it is discussing a senior player, team, venue or match in historical rather than statistical terms.

Cricket article style guide[edit]

Whilst naming and editing cricket-related articles, editors often encounter recurring questions of style. Wikiproject Cricket participants have agreed to the following style guidelines to keep a consistent look and feel to cricket articles throughout Wikipedia. These styles also fall within the WP:MOS guidelines and WP:NC policies.

See also: Wikipedia:Manual of Style

  • Always use capital L and capital C when referring to the Laws of Cricket. This is because the Laws are held in a documented code owned by and copyrighted to Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). The term is official and should not be used in the same way as a casual expression like "the rules of the game".
  • The first two words are hyphenated in first-class cricket and one-day cricket. It is never correct to write "first class". "List A" is never hyphenated.
  • No-ball should be hyphenated and, if in the middle of a sentence, lower case, even though the Laws use "No ball".
Teams & matches
  • Always use capital T when referring to Test cricket and in any situation where the definite article is part of a title: e.g., in a Test match at The Oval, England won The Ashes. Note that in a phrase such as "an Oval record" or "an Ashes match", the definite article is inappropriate.
  • If linking "Test" or "Test match", link to Test cricket, not to Test or Test match (which are just disambiguation pages).
  • One Day International (ODI) is unhyphenated and is fully capitalised as is its alternative form, Limited Overs International (LOI).
  • Under-19 cricket: In article titles and the first instance within an article, capitalise, hyphenate and don't abbreviate. e.g. "India national under-19 cricket team. Subsequent mentions within the article may optionally use the abbreviated form: "India U-19 team"
  • Tournaments are named with the year first, so 2007 Cricket World Cup not Cricket World Cup 2007; cricket tours are named "[visiting team] in [host nation] in [cricket season]": for example, English cricket team in Australia in 2013–14.
  • When referring to national teams, link the name to the team page of that country, not the general article about that country; e.g., England not England. Similarly for domestic teams.
  • When listing the national team of players, if they are from a country in the West Indies, West Indies (rather than e.g., Guyana) should be used. If a player is Welsh, England, rather than Wales, should be used. If a player has yet to play for a national team, the team they are eligible to play for (and in the case of multiple eligibility, where they primarily play their domestic cricket) should be used.
  • Where an organisation such as a club, team, ground or other entity is generally known by an acronym or initialism (e.g., Marylebone Cricket Club and Melbourne Cricket Ground are widely referred to as MCC and MCG respectively), the article title must be the full name of the entity and the acronym must be a redirect to it. But, if the acronym is used in the body of an article, its style must comply with modern usage in the relevant country and with current usage by the organisation itself, the latter taking precedence. Hence, the acronyms for Marylebone Cricket Club and Melbourne Cricket Ground must be styled MCC and MCG per each organisation's own usage: i.e., MCC and MCG. Historic styles such as "M.C.C." and "M. C. G." are thus deprecated as being outdated and should be avoided. Other common cricketing acronyms of this type include BCCI, ECB, ICC, SCG, WSC, etc.
  • If an acronym like MCC is used throughout an article, it must be introduced in first mention via normal practice (real world and MOS) as Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) – i.e., full name of entity (linked if necessary) followed by the acronym in brackets. Never use something like [[Marylebone Cricket Club|MCC]] which hides the full name.
  • Where a person is best known by their initials and surname (e.g., William Gilbert Grace was always called W. G. Grace), use the form W. G. Grace for the title of the article per WP:MOS to comply with consistent use of article titles throughout the site, regardless of this being a predominantly American style. Some British sources use "WG Grace" or "W G Grace" but WP:MOS requires consistency so the norm for initials should be periods and spaces, hence "W. G. Grace".
  • In compliance with WP:COMMONNAME, the title of a biography must reflect the person's used name and must NOT display a nickname unless it can be categorically proven that the nickname is the person's used name. For example, John Berry Hobbs was universally called Jack Hobbs; Ernest James Smith was universally known as Tiger Smith. Conversely, none of Ian Botham's many nicknames are his used name and his article must be entitled Ian Botham. It is fair comment to mention a nickname within the body of the article but it must never replace the subject's used name. Where there is evidence that a player is known by more than one name, consensus among sources must determine the name to be used.
  • For players known as "senior" or "junior", guideline WP:JR/SR recommends a preferred format of "Sr" or "Jr" written after the name without a comma. Note that American usage terminates with a period but British does not, so leave out the period unless it is actually an American player. Therefore, for example, Joe Hardstaff Jr is preferred to Joe Hardstaff Jr. and Joe Hardstaff junior.
  • Following a request for comment (RfC) in January 2018 about achievements and awards boxes, there was no consensus that they should universally be included, or a clear consensus that such sections should be removed from all cricketer articles. However, swathes of numbers or lists of awards, empty of content or context, are not appropriate for Wikipedia, and that where sections for achievements/awards are included, they should be more than just a basic list.
  • When referring to a cricket season spanning two years, use an en dash and the last two digits of the second year as in International cricket in 2005–06 or English cricket team in Australia in 2013–14. However, if the years do not begin in the same century, write out the full year: 1899–1900.
  • Domestic cricket seasons in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and West Indies span two years and are written 20xx–xy. International tours that take place within the limits of a domestic cricket season in any of these places are designated as "Aaaaa cricket team in Bbbbb in 20xx–xy" even if the tour itself did not span the two years and took place in only one of them.
  • When referring to cricket seasons which span more than two years, use an en dash and write the last year of the range in full (e.g., 2005–2008).
  • For articles on international seasons, such as International cricket in 2018–19, only include tours and competitions that meet the requirements of the player notability, above.
  • Bowling format: use either the shorthand or longhand version. For example, 5/100 is shorthand to indicate that a bowler has captured five wickets while conceding 100 runs; in longhand, write five for 100. Use slashes when shortening scores, not endash (–).
  • Team score format: adopt the consensus style of writing in the host country of the match: i.e., 1/141 (shorthand) or one for 141 (longhand) re matches in Australia; and 141/1 or 141 for one re matches in most other countries. Use slashes when shortening scores, not endash (–).
  • The statistics given for players include all matches recognised by the ICC, such as the 2005 Super Series and the Tsunami ODI. The article can of course also mention statistics derived in different ways where relevant.
  • Commonwealth English spellings are preferred in most cricket-related articles.
  • Use the example templates in /Templates where appropriate.
  • Templates for use on player articles should have a width of 80%.