Wikipedia:WikiProject Cricket

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Welcome to the Cricket WikiProject on the English Wikipedia!

We are a group dedicated to improving Wikipedia's coverage of topics related to cricket. Do 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 25 March 2017, there are 34,384 articles within the scope of WikiProject Cricket, of which 292 are featured and 131 are good articles. These articles have the {{WikiProject Cricket}} template on their talk page.

WikiProject Cricket

Article alerts[edit]

Articles for deletion
Templates for discussion
Redirects for discussion
Featured list candidates
Good article nominees


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.

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.


Cricket barnstar
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]

Featured articles (78)
Article Date promoted Featured on main page Notes
Featured article A. E. J. Collins 7 February 2005 23 August 2005
Featured article Bodyline 10 December 2006 7 February 2005 First promoted 19 January 2004, demoted 4 December 2006
Featured article West Indian cricket team in England in 1988 22 February 2007 7 May 2008
Featured article Cricket World Cup 22 February 2007 13 March 2007
Featured article Paul Collingwood 3 March 2007
Featured article Harbhajan Singh 9 March 2007 17 September 2009
Featured article Adam Gilchrist 15 March 2007 28 April 2007
Featured article Bart King 7 May 2007 19 October 2013
Featured article Bill O'Reilly (cricketer) 22 May 2007 20 December 2010
Featured article Charlie Macartney 23 October 2007 25 March 2012
Featured article Ian Chappell 22 May 2007
Featured article Marcus Trescothick 26 November 2007
Featured article Arthur Morris 26 November 2007
Featured article Sid Barnes 7 January 2008 23 January 2010
Featured article Archie Jackson 21 January 2008 5 September 2009
Featured article Clem Hill 24 March 2008 19 December 2008
Featured article Ernie Toshack 27 March 2008
Featured article Don Tallon 1 April 2008 1 August 2009
Featured article Ian Craig 15 April 2008
Featured article Hugh Trumble 10 May 2008
Featured article Jack Marsh 22 May 2008
Featured article Harry Trott 25 June 2008
Featured article Don Bradman 28 June 2008 27 August 2008
Featured article Ian Johnson (cricketer) 25 July 2008
Featured article Bill Brown (cricketer) 12 September 2008
Featured article Don Bradman with the Australian cricket team in England in 1948 7 March 2009
Featured article Early life of Keith Miller 20 June 2009
Featured article Bill Ponsford 20 June 2009 10 April 2010
Featured article John the bookmaker controversy 30 June 2009
Featured article Ron Hamence with the Australian cricket team in England in 1948 14 July 2009
Featured article Doug Ring with the Australian cricket team in England in 1948 5 August 2009
Featured article Keith Johnson (cricket administrator) 18 August 2009
Featured article Ernie Toshack with the Australian cricket team in England in 1948 1 September 2009
Featured article Neil Harvey with the Australian cricket team in England in 1948 1 September 2009
Featured article Sam Loxton with the Australian cricket team in England in 1948 27 September 2009
Featured article Brian Booth 3 October 2009
Featured article Sydney Riot of 1879 6 October 2009 8 February 2006 First promoted 7 June 2005, demoted 3 January 2007
Featured article Lindsay Hassett with the Australian cricket team in England in 1948 20 October 2009
Featured article Fifth Test, 1948 Ashes series 27 October 2009
Featured article Fourth Test, 1948 Ashes series 3 December 2009
Featured article Third Test, 1948 Ashes series 12 January 2010
Featured article Second Test, 1948 Ashes series 30 January 2010
Featured article Sam Loxton 12 February 2010
Featured article First Test, 1948 Ashes series 14 April 2010
Featured article Keith Miller in the 1946–47 Australian cricket season 9 May 2010
Featured article Wilfred Rhodes 9 May 2010
Featured article Keith Miller with the Australian cricket team in England in 1948 28 May 2010
Featured article Douglas Jardine 14 April 2010 26 July 2010
Featured article Montague Druitt 27 July 2010
Featured article Wally Hammond 7 August 2010
Featured article Yorkshire captaincy affair of 1927 25 August 2010 11 June 2012
Featured article Ian Meckiff 7 September 2010
Featured article Ray Lindwall with the Australian cricket team in England in 1948 24 September 2010
Featured article Roy Kilner 30 September 2010
Featured article Sid Barnes with the Australian cricket team in England in 1948 10 October 2010
Featured article George Macaulay 20 October 2010
Featured article Bernard Bosanquet (cricketer) 4 January 2011 13 October 2012
Featured article Adelaide leak 8 February 2011 14 January 2013
Featured article Herbie Hewett 5 March 2011
Featured article George Headley 6 May 2011
Featured article George Hirst 27 September 2011
Featured article Jonathan Agnew 11 February 2012
Featured article Len Hutton 28 February 2012
Featured article Hedley Verity 26 April 2012
Featured article Arthur Mold 29 June 2012
Featured article Learie Constantine 30 August 2012
Featured article Somerset County Cricket Club in 2009 28 September 2012
Featured article Percy Chapman 16 October 2012
Featured article Arthur Gilligan 2 December 2012
Featured article Harold Larwood 6 December 2012
Featured article Neville Cardus 23 January 2013
Featured article Percy Fender 5 February 2013 28 May 2013
Featured article Leg before wicket 6 April 2013 10 July 2013
Featured article Jack Hobbs 26 May 2013
Featured article Archie MacLaren 23 July 2013
Featured article Maurice Leyland 9 November 2013
Featured article Lionel Palairet 21 November 2013
Featured article Abe Waddington 26 January 2014
Featured article Bobby Peel 12 March 2014
Featured article D'Oliveira affair 5 April 2014
Featured article Gubby Allen 25 May 2014
Featured article Jack Crawford (cricketer) 27 October 2014
Featured article Bramshill House 28 February 2015
Former Featured articles
Article Date promoted Featured on main page Notes
Former featured article Cricket 19 September 2004 Promoted 2 September 2004, demoted 25 September 2008
Former featured article Samuel Beckett 13 April 2006 Promoted 25 September 2004, demoted 25 June 2009
Former featured article History of Test cricket from 1877 to 1883 Promoted 11 February 2005, demoted 2 November 2008
Former featured article Brian Close 12 May 2005 Promoted 23 March 2005, demoted 7 July 2008
Former featured article History of Test cricket from 1884 to 1889 22 January 2006 Promoted 27 March 2005, demoted 19 September 2008
Former featured article The Ashes 21 July 2005 Promoted 23 June 2005, demoted 4 December 2007
Former featured article Kevin Pietersen 8 July 2009 Promoted 10 June 2007, demoted 23 August 2013

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:

  • has appeared as a player or umpire in at least one cricket match that is judged by a substantial source to have been played at the highest international or, if the country has Full ICC Member status, domestic level (see below re domestic cricket played before the first-class definition: this applies only to matches in Great Britain and Ireland, Australia, India, New Zealand, South Africa and the West Indies)
  • has appeared prior to 2005 as a player or umpire in an ICC Trophy final, or has appeared since 2005 in at least one match in any of the ICC World Cup Qualifier, Women's Cricket World Cup Qualifier, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier and ICC Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier competitions
  • has appeared as a player or umpire in at least one World Cricket League match of Division Six status or above

The substantial source 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. 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 sources as outlined in Historical sources. For expedience, editors often rely on CricketArchive and ESPNcricinfo to source information, although more substantial sources exist in books such as Wisden Cricketers' Almanack that may not be readily available.

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 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.

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

In practice, this project has de facto tended to use CricketArchive, and sometimes ESPNcricinfo, as a sort of default for determining first-class status before 1947 (or 1895 in Great Britain). This is because of online convenience. It must be understood that more substantial sources (e.g., Arthur Haygarth, F. S. Ashley-Cooper, G. B. Buckley, Roy Webber, Bill Frindall, the ACS, Wisden, etc.) sometimes express different opinions about match status and these sources always have greater credibility as, indeed, they are to a large extent CricketArchive's own sources. It must be remembered that CricketArchive is not always correct and many matches are not even found there. The point is that an editor should if possible use substantial sources other than CricketArchive for the purpose of WP:Verify 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 sources (including CricketArchive) if appropriate.

The four ICC World Qualifier competitions and the World Cricket League] are international competitions officially recognised by the ICC in which the participants are teams representing the Associate and Affiliate 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.

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

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., a 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).
  • The first two words are hyphenated in first-class cricket and one-day cricket
  • 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.
  • Where a person is best known by their initials and surname (e.g., William Gilbert Grace is called WG 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.
  • 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.
  • Bowling format: Use "5/100", which indicates that a bowler has captured 5 wickets while giving away 100 runs.
  • Team score format: Adopt the consensus style of writing in the host country of the tournament, i.e. 1/141 or one for 141 for matches in Australia, and 141/1 or 141 for one for most other countries. Use slashes when shortening scores.
  • 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%.