1. Kevin Pietersen's Retirement Prompts Questions About Cricket's Priorities

    Alan Richardson was part of the Warwickshire side that won the county championship in 2004. As a bowler, though, he only bagged six wickets in seven matches...

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  2. West Indies Cricket: Captain Darren Sammy Not to Blame for Windies' Woes

    The current West Indian tourists have teased us with moments of brilliant potential to offer hope once again of a renaissance. Alas, signals of the Windies' second coming have had more sightings than those from religious cranks...

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  3. Justice and Decency Dictate 2012 Wisden

    You have to be impressed that reviews of a book 1552 pages long appear in most national newspapers a day after its publication...

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  4. Seeking Positives from World Cup 2011

    Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle wrote back in January that if the World Cup was to become the pinnacle of the one-day international, then it had to be a roaring success for the 50-overs format to have an assured future...

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  5. Eoin Morgan and the Irish Connection

    Eoin Morgan's 130 in the recent Test against Pakistan adds to the congestion in England's middle-order. His rise over the last 12 months has provided the team with a much appreciated ...

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  6. 2010 FIFA World Cup: Bafana Bafana's Political Legacy

    Football is played and watched by more South Africans than any other sport. Being chosen as the first African nation to stage the World Cup is a reward for both this passion and for ...

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  7. Tamim Iqbal: The Miracle of Chittagong

    Chittagong is home to Bangladesh's main seaport, making it the country's major commercial centre and second largest city. It is surrounded by hills, which provide an opportune setting to stage a revolt...

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  8. Cricket Continues To Be Tainted by Corruption

    It seems that every other advert on Sky Sports at the moment is for gambling. There is an array of ways that punters can lose their money, with one commercial bizarrely ending in fits ...

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  9. IPL to Blame for India's Demise

    Perennial underachievers England were finally victorious in an International Cricket Council competition, defeating the old enemy in Sunday's final without too much difficulty...

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  10. Cricket: International Twenty20 Hides Concerns of IPL...For Now

    Now an annual event, the World Twenty20 runs the risk of familiarity and overkill. However, it seems that over-abundance is the trend for cricket's shortened form...

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  11. Social Divisions at the Heart of 2010 Wisden

    Cricket is unfairly criticised as being a conservative sport. Yet its history mirrors the wider class struggles of the 19th and 20th centuries, explaining a radical fanbase that will find much to approve of in the annual recording of the past-season...

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  12. The Passion of Bangladeshi Cricket

    The history of cricket in India usually emphasises Bombay, but Bengal can also make claim to a rich heritage, with a match played at Dhaka, now the capital of Bangladesh, between the Europeans and the Natives as early as 1876...

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  13. Nelson Mandela's Release Almost Ruined by Greedy Cricketers

    The French philosopher Albert Camus argued that the true rebel is not the man who conforms to orthodoxy, but one who could say “no” to injustice...

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  14. Hashim Amla's Importance to South Africa

    At six for two, the South Africans looked to be in trouble on the first morning of their first Test in India. However, a partnership of 340 between two rock-solid stalwarts of the sport demoralised ...

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  15. The Politics Behind Trinidad Disturbances

    Fifty years ago, England was touring the West Indies when disturbances marred the Test match at the Port of Spain, Trinidad. Play was halted 75 minutes early on the third day due to an invasion first of bottle and then of crowd...

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  16. Transformation at the Heart of South African Cricket

    South Africa briefly topped the Test rankings after their victory in Australia last summer, but rather like England following the 2005 Ashes, may have considered it "job done" and eased off...

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  17. IPL Auction Offers Glimpse of Future

    Yorkshire might have breathed a discreet sigh of relief last week with the failure of Tim Bresnan and Anthony McGrath to attract bids at the annual Indian Premier League auction...

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  18. Defending the Test brand

    A feature of contemporary economies has been the elevation of the brand. Captured best in Naomi Klein's epic No Logo, institutions invest huge sums to ascertain brand recognition and associate their product with a certain lifestyle...

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  19. Wisden's Wise Men Warn of Capitalism's Threat to Cricket

    The first round of the County Championship starts today, accompanied no doubt by undesirable weather, but also by the welcome release of the 146th Wisden Cricketers' Almanack...

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  20. The Dispute Behind The Windies Revival

    Despite succumbing to the brilliance of Andrew Flintoff's bowling, and subsequently losing the one-day series, the West Indies have enjoyed the better of England's tour...

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  21. When Cricket Was the King of Sports in the United States

    The baseball season finally starts next week following the seemingly endless spring training. Baseball has often been described as cricket’s cousin, and if more a distant relative there are many similarities between the two sports...

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  22. Warning Signs for the IPL

    Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } You have to wonder what lessons the English Cricket Board took from the Stanford debacle...

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  23. England's Women Show The Men How to Win

    England's bizarre win over the West Indies on Friday was their first taste of success in any of cricket’s three formats this winter...

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  24. The Many Victims of Allen Stanford

    So now it’s vulgar to appear on the "hallowed" turf at Lord’s in a gold-plated helicopter in order to show off a treasure chest of $20 million? Cricket’s establishment cannot ...

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  25. The Many Mysteries of Indian Cricket

    Amid the fanfare of the IPL auctions and the condemnation for refusing to promote aid to the victims of Israeli aggression, BBC’s Radio 4 has just produced a gem of a programme on the importance of cricket to India...

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