The men who know the price of everything but the value of nothing

Two articles dropped this week which made rather depressing reading for cricket lovers. The first was The Cricketer’s excellent interview with ECB CEO Richard Gould. For those of you who haven’t seen it, Gould made it clear that not only does he see The Hundred as the future of English cricket but he believes that[…]

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ECB continues to push county game to the margins as bore draws abound

Dom Sibley bats for Surrey v Somerset at Taunton in 2023 Photo courtesy of Matthew Cleeve @matthewcleeve on X Imagine for a second that you wanted to destroy a sporting competition. How would you go about achieving this? First you might choose to play it an inhospitable time of year that would discourage people from[…]

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Let’s welcome the return of county cricket

Photo courtesy of Matthew Cleeve @matthewcleeve on X It is that time of year again. Having sustained ourselves through the winter months on the usual diet of England’s failures in foreign climbs, the cricket season is upon us again. In this uncertain world that is constantly in flux, we crave certainties and tradition. To many[…]

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England at a crossroads after chastening defeat

It was interesting to hear Brendon McCullum sound the first note of introspection of the Bazball era this week. The relentless positivity emanating from this England team has been grating on some supporters for a while and it seems that even the coach now realises that a dose of realism is needed. England have been[…]

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A radical plan for the future of English cricket

The English domestic cricket calendar is a mess. Squeezing four tournaments into one six month season is not sustainable and it feels inevitable that at least one of them will give. This is the one thing that there is some consensus on. However, there are so many different stakeholders and vested interests within the game[…]

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5 things we want to see in cricket in 2024

Cricket is a sport that always seems to be in flux, debating everything from its’ overcrowded fixture calendar to its’ place as a relatively slow game in an increasingly fast paced world. It is also a game capable of providing joy and compelling narratives that few others can match. 2024 is a year with so[…]

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Uganda offer hope for future of cricket beyond the greed of the IPL

I write this while scrolling through Cricket Twitter (or X) this morning and seeing endless mentions of how much money each player went for in today’s IPL auction. The thing that mystifies me is that both cricket fans and journalists seem genuinely excited about the exact sums being paid to each player. “Wow, Pat Cummins[…]

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