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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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World Cricket League Regional Qualifiers

When it comes to the lower reaches of world cricket, tournaments can be organised and played with very little fanfare and only the most fanatical of cricket supporters showing any interest, or even knowing that the games were on.  I … Continue reading

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Striking a Balance

As regular readers of ths blog will know I have been a strong critic of the ICC’s decision to reduce the number of teams at the 50 over World Cup to 10 from 2019.  This does nothing to grow the … Continue reading

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WCL Division Four Review

So, a couple of weeks ago I posted a preview of the WCL Division Four tournament which has just concluded in os Angeles. In it, I made the prediction that USA and Oman would be the two sides who gained … Continue reading

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