The Yorkshire Files Part 3 – The fight for justice

Photo 236382828 | Yorkshire Cricket © James Copeland | Dreamstime.com On 14th October 2021, 14 members of staff at Yorkshire CCC sent a letter to the club’s Board detailing their dismay at the manner in which allegations of racism being made by former player Azeem Rafiq were being handled.The signatories included coaching and medical staff. The men who signed it believed that[…]

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The Yorkshire Files Part 2 – A club on the brink

Photo 236382828 | Yorkshire Cricket © James Copeland | Dreamstime.com On 5th November 2021 Lord Kamlesh Patel was appointed Chair of Yorkshire CCC following the resignation of former Chair Roger Hutton. Within days he would set in progress irrevocable actions that would define the future of Yorkshire CCC and affect the lives of all its’ employees. Hutton had resigned following the club’s[…]

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The Yorkshire Files Part 1 : Rafiq, Dobell and the death of truth

Photo 236382828 | Yorkshire Cricket © James Copeland | Dreamstime.com On the 13th of June, a book called “It’s not banter, it’s racism” by the former Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq will be published in the UK. This book matters because the events discussed in it have defined not only how many view the game of cricket today, but also the lives and[…]

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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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