Future of cricket

APRIL 15, 2014

You can't control talent, only channel it

Jon Hotten: Cricket runs the risk of going down the route of over-coaching, like in some other sports - which is not ideal in a game that is as much about art as about science
Will we increasingly see players prefer private guidance over their team's coaching system? © PA Photos
APRIL 08, 2014

Australian cricket

Chasing the men down

Women's cricket has been gaining acclaim in recent times and Australia's efficient defence of their World T20 title was another advertisement of their catching up with the men's game. It was set up by an attractive brand of play that has diverted attention squarely on their skills on the field and Greg Baum, in the Age, believes this is only the beginning.

Australia's women cricketers are under the same umbrella as the men, are paid more handsomely than ever before and in recent seasons have played some of their short-form internationals on the same grounds and days as the men. This was the case in Bangladesh, and in the previous women's World T20 in Sri Lanka. Presently, this coupling gives the women's matches the status and appearance of curtain-raisers. In time, they might be seen as authentic double-headers.

APRIL 08, 2014

Why T20 is about cricket's natural evolution

Ahmer Naqvi: The shortest format is but a logical extension of cricket's bias towards batsmen, and our changing ideas about time
MARCH 27, 2014

Things baseball teaches us

Matt Cleary: American sport at the SCG - blasphemy or opportunity to learn?
MARCH 14, 2014

Thinking pink

Russell Jackson: The jury's still out on the pros and cons of lighter-coloured balls and how they may or may not work in day-night Test cricket
MARCH 12, 2014

Test cricket's dodo problem

Andrew Hughes: Fans of the five-day stuff think it will last forever, even if nobody is watching
FEBRUARY 25, 2014

Bigger, better? Sorry, no

Jonathan Wilson: Why does cricket have to succumb to the marketers' eternal need for everything to be bigger, flashier, and more in tune with youth - whatever that means?
FEBRUARY 12, 2014

India cricket

IPL clean-up needs hard evidence

Writing in the Hindustan Times, Kadambari Murali Wade, the former editor of Sports Illustrated India shares her experience of meeting with the Mudgal Committee that was probing the spot-fixing and corruption charges in IPL 2013.

Drawing on her experience of an investigative story published in the magazine, and her interactions with the committee, she says that mere allegations or suggestions of corruption by the committee are not likely to help the cause of Indian cricket.

The ACSU does get information from several sources, players, journalists, officials etc. They reportedly even have several players on an unofficial watchlist. However, they find it difficult to push forward because of a lack of evidence that will stand up in court. Against this backdrop, it is interesting to note that a Supreme Court-appointed committee seems to think there is enough "evidence".

Everyone knows that Indian cricket needs to be cleaned up. But it can't be done on the basis of allegations, unless they've received hard evidence, allegations by a committee of this magnitude could be even more damaging.

FEBRUARY 03, 2014

'We must make sure Rankin is the last Irishman to play for England'

Interview by Subash Jayaraman: Former Ireland captain Trent Johnston talks about his team's hopes of playing Test cricket, their famous wins over Pakistan and England, and his new career as a coach
JANUARY 31, 2014

Cricket always needs an underclass

Samir Chopra: History shows us that those who rule the game seem to occupy a centre they cannot bear to share with those at the margins
JANUARY 19, 2014

Time to regionalise county cricket?

Scott Oliver: A six-team tournament above the Championship might strengthen the supply line for the England team
DECEMBER 25, 2013

Test cricket and the bitter truth

Andrew Hughes: We should be trying to make Test cricket as entertaining as possible and spreading the word to every corner of the globe. But we aren't
NOVEMBER 25, 2013

'National boards are competitors when they should be siblings'

Interview by Subash Jayaraman: Mike Jakeman, the author of Saving The Test, a book about the future of the five-day game, talks about how cricket administrators can unite to make the game more viable
NOVEMBER 12, 2013

What football rights have to do with the future of cricket

Jon Hotten: BT has paid a stratospheric amount for the rights to the Champions League. Cricket will probably feel the knock-on effects in time
NOVEMBER 07, 2013

Cricket technology

Train umpires instead of investing in DRS

The use of the Decision Review System in the Ashes in England earlier this year split the cricketing world over the effectiveness and relevance of the technology to cricket. In an academic paper, excerpted at Phys.Org and soon to be published in the Journal of Sports Economics, Vani Borooah tries to identify the exact value that DRS brings to cricket.

"The gain from using DRS, in terms of an improvement in the percentage of correct decisions (from 93.1% to 95.8% for the first Ashes test of 2013), is miniscule relative to the large sums of money required for installing DRS. If 'getting it right' is so important to international cricket then, arguably, the same gains could be harvested, at much lower cost, by investing in more training of umpires and a determined search for more good umpires."

OCTOBER 22, 2013

The declining value of the single

Jon Hotten: We wondered how T20 would affect the 50-over game. It appears that answers might be at hand
OCTOBER 18, 2013

Let's tonk for all our worth

Matt Cleary: Why pick bowlers, why have fielders, why grow grass on wickets? Let's give people what they want - a welter of runs
OCTOBER 11, 2013

What's happening to Australia's cricket grounds?

Russell Jackson: Local venues taught kids to love cricket, but they're vanishing fast, victims of development and commerce
OCTOBER 10, 2013

Cricket broadcasting

Banking on cricket's popularity

Star TV, the broadcaster in India, have spent $2.9 billion in buying broadcasting rights and now they have decided to venture into sponsorship rights as well. Surajeet Das Gupta, in the Business Standard, finds out why the broadcaster is pumping so much money into the game.

But the risks come with immense potential for growth for those who have the cash to stay put. To begin with, despite the criticism and fears, cricket constitutes over 10 per cent of the annual TV advertising pie (currently estimated at around Rs 14,000 crore), or Rs 1,400 crore, and in 2011, when IPL and the World Cup were held, it raked in over Rs 2,000 crore in revenues. Also unlike general entertainment channels (which draw 60 per cent of their revenues from advertising), subscription constitutes for over 60 per cent of a sports channel's revenue. So, more viewers mean more revenue through subscription.

SEPTEMBER 24, 2013

Fast bowling

Fast bowling in a time of tortoises

In a piece for the Guardian's weekly segment The Spin, Andy Bull questions whether fast bowling in Test cricket is actually losing its pace. Bull cites a study of baseball pitchers conducted by Glenn Fleisig of the American Sports Medicine Institute, and the latter has suggested that fast bowlers might also be reaching their physical limit. The important question is whether the trend may be depriving fans of one of the most exciting elements of Test cricket.

That mindset has been passed down by coaches, who see the perfect action as being the one that bears the most repetition while minimising the risk of injury and maximising the degree of control. As Brearley says, Test cricket is poorer for it, stripped as it is of the physical threat to the batsman and robbed of one its most exciting elements. But bowlers have longer careers as a consequence. Fans and players love to argue about who was the fastest. That's a debate that can't be settled. But it is clear that you won't find many contenders in this day and age. We are in a time of tortoises, not hares. The perfectly fast action, like the perfect game of draughts, is a thing of the past, a target players have long since stopped pursuing