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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
T20: not a corruption of an ideal form © ICC
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MARCH 26, 2014

The anthem's call

Abhishek Purohit: Do you feel a pull when you hear the song of another nation?
MARCH 13, 2014

Time to draw a line in the sand?

Michael Jeh: It's hard for everyone to agree on what constitutes acceptable boundaries when it comes to on-field behaviour. It's best if the ICC spells it out
MARCH 06, 2014

Time for a Bengali reunion

Samir Chopra: The BCCI has missed a golden opportunity by not organising a Test between India and Bangladesh in Kolkata
FEBRUARY 26, 2014

Sri Lankan cricket

Sri Lanka looking to outlaw street cricket

Concrete blocks for stumps, a crudely-cut plank for a bat, and a chewed-up tennis ball, all carried off the pitch for honking motorists waiting to pass, then wheeled out again for a few minutes, until the next four-wheeled intrusion appears. Street cricket has been a centrepiece of the South Asian childhood for generations, but if Sri Lanka's authorities are to have their way, it could soon become extinct on the island.

On Wednesday, a Sri Lanka Police spokesperson said playing cricket on the roads could lead to arrests, adding that three poor Colombo souls had already been apprehended for this 'offence'. It is a symptom of Sri Lanka's rate of economic progress. In years gone by, cricket had had the critical mass to dominate the streetscape, but since this decade's economic growth kicked in, the tide has turned for traffic.

Though police have deemed cricket the biggest threat to traffic flow, other activities that may block the road - like washing parked cars and mixing concrete - may also lead to trouble. In cricket, though, as in so many other spheres of Sri Lankan life, much-vaunted development has been the death knell for a slice of old-world Sri Lankan charm.

JANUARY 14, 2014

Australia's Ashes win: a blast from the past

Ahmer Naqvi: The 5-0 result was the ultimate validation of the impulse towards an idealised notion of Australian cricket
DECEMBER 30, 2013

The pull of sport during Christmas

Jonathan Wilson: Nothing makes a family get-together over the holidays more bearable than Test cricket on the telly
DECEMBER 11, 2013

Test cricket, a companion to our lives

Samir Chopra: The format's leisurely pace allows you to monitor the proceedings while going about your daily routine
DECEMBER 06, 2013

A night of celebrating Mandela

Sidharth Monga: Taking in the scenes outside Nelson Mandela's house in Houghton in Johannesburg, on the night he died
DECEMBER 06, 2013

Tendulkar, an expat's solace

Samir Chopra: Just when an Indian who moved to the US felt his connection with cricket grow weaker, a 16-year-old batting prodigy made everything all right
DECEMBER 05, 2013

Which Englishmen can we hate?

Matt Cleary: It's the burning question of the day for all right-thinking Australians, but there are no easy answers
NOVEMBER 25, 2013

Two more to Pakistan's fast bowling tally

Ahmer Naqvi: It's too early to anoint Bilawal Bhatti and Anwar Ali as the next big things, but it's great to watch them send stumps flying and batsmen hopping
NOVEMBER 20, 2013

The Ashes and the audience effect

Nicholas Hogg: Having a baying crowd in your corner can only be a good thing, can't it?
NOVEMBER 16, 2013

Sachin mania: it's about religion

Ahmer Naqvi: Like saints were revered and worshipped by people of various faiths, Tendulkar transcends differences and brings his devotees closer to the divine
NOVEMBER 04, 2013

When Dad's Army did cricket, wretchedly

Jonathan Wilson: Television dramas have been historically poor at depicting cricket. Exhibit A: an episode of a well-loved British sitcom
OCTOBER 31, 2013

Cricket's transnational era is upon us

Roger Sawh: Should cricket be proactive and embrace player movement between countries, acknowledging the way in which the world is morphing and the influence of globalisation on all professions?
OCTOBER 26, 2013

Cricket players or comrades in arms?

Samir Chopra: Can we imagine players to be just wage workers who, like the rest of us, have day-to-day issues with their colleagues and employers?
OCTOBER 19, 2013

The Vatican Cricket Club

The cricket team that shoulders a billion hopes? No, we're not talking about India, but cricket's new converts - the Vatican. With ecclesiastical records numbering members of the Catholic church at around 1.2 billion worldwide, the ICC, in their bid to expand the game, would sure welcome the news of the Vatican being interested in cricket.

And that's what it seems to be, with the Pontifical Council for Culture announcing plans to form cricket teams - one for men, made up of priests from around the world, and a women's XI comprising nuns. Australia's ambassador to the Vatican, John McCarthy, a former SCG Trust member, is helping to put the teams together, and hopes to organise a match against a Church of England XI.

Cricket, McCarthy said, was already popular in Rome, with priests and religious arriving there from around the world, and the Vatican's teams would draw on talent from everywhere cricket is played. "Internationally one would have a team representing the Vatican drawn from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Australia, England, New Zealand, South Africa and the West Indies," McCarthy told Vatican Radio. "We are looking for Sri Lankan, Indian or Pakistani sisters who have played cricket and if they are found, they certainly will be invited to join the [women's] cricket team."

OCTOBER 15, 2013

Little England on top

Ahmer Naqvi: England's best sporting moments have mostly come when they have been cast in the role of the scrapping underdog. That has changed somewhat under Andy Flower, though not much
OCTOBER 13, 2013

A question of confidence

Raf Nicholson: If we want more females to participate in cricket we must rid ourselves of the perception that it's a man's game
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