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The Good and the Bad

Finally, finally, after after the level of procrastination and dithering that is the hallmark of the ICC, we have plans in place for a Test Championship and ODI league.  As you will know I have been a strong advocate for … Continue reading

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WCL Division Five Review

Due to a change in the format, the latest round of the World Cricket League had even more riding on it than usual for the eight teams competing. In previous cycles of the WCL there were eight divisions, but the … Continue reading

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Under 19 Confusion

In the last few weeks the regional tournaments for the forthcoming Under 19 World Cup have been taking place and quite frankly, the qualification process is not only confusing but very unfair. Firstly, now Afghanistan and Ireland are full members, … Continue reading

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Test Status and the next Big Thing

Unless you’ve been living in a cave this past week, you’ll know that the ICC have confirmed Full Member status for Ireland and Afghanistan, making them the 11th and 12th Full Members and the first since Bangladesh in 2000. For … Continue reading

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Champions Trophy Preview

Ok, so it’s here. Short, sharp, eight teams, over in less than three weeks, the Champions Trophy. To be honest I think most people would be hard-pressed to name all the previous winners such is the status of this tournament … Continue reading

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Slain by the Archer

After Jofra Archer had bowled four overs, I turned to my Dad and said, ‘I’ve been disappointed with Archer so far.  He hasn’t got the batsman playing enough. Far too many easy deliveries outside off-stump to leave.’ By the end … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Blitz It

The Hong Kong T20 Blitz is unique in world cricket as being the only successful franchise tournament run by an Associate member of the ICC.  IPL, Big Bash, CPL – all are money-spinning events attracting world-class players.  But in many … Continue reading

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