Socio-cultural

JULY 10, 2014

The value of a cricketer's brand

Michael Jeh: Andrew Strauss will recover from the indiscreet remark he made about Kevin Pietersen, but his image won't be entirely as it was
Andrew Strauss: a salutary lesson to youngsters everywhere © Getty Images
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JULY 01, 2014

Catching practice with South Africa

Firdose Moonda in Colombo: South Africa train Sri Lankan schoolchildren to raise money for the country's blind team
JUNE 24, 2014

In quest of the ideal junior coaching system

Michael Jeh: More Australian states should look at the model created by NSW and Victoria
JUNE 06, 2014

Offbeat

Green gloves, ducks and bats taped to ceilings

While reviewing Chris Waters' book 10 for 10 - on Hedley Verity's record - for the Guardian, Andy Bull recounts some entertaining stories of superstitions that cricketers have followed.

Others take things further still. Duck seemed so portentous to Steve James that he refused to eat it, and wouldn't even let his children have a rubber one to play with in the bath, until after his career was over. He sympathised with Neil McKenzie, who developed an obsession that meant he would go out to bat only when all the toilet seats were down, and even went through a phase of taping his bat to the ceiling because his team-mates had once done that to him on a day when he scored a century.

JUNE 06, 2014

West Indies cricket

Serving the community with Chris Gayle's Big Six Club

Chris Gayle is looking to give something back to Jamaican society, through cricket. He has opened an academy in Kingston, at the Lucas Cricket Club, for "underprivileged youngsters". The academy, which also has a branch in England, will have two programmes: the Chris Gayle Academy team, and the Chris Gayle Big Six Club.

The academy team will cater to 16 young players on an annual basis, aged between 16 and 21, and - the plan is - give them the opportunity to play other Jamaican teams and touring youth squads. The Big Six Club is a 12-week programme targeted at kids from troubled communities (think low school-attendance rates, high crime levels, and rising drugs abuse).

An emotional Gayle, at the academy's launch, remembered how he was attracted to the game when he was a kid. "Being here brings back memories of me as a youngster, who used to jump the walls of Lucas from my house across the street, just wanting the opportunity to learn the sport of cricket and become a better person," Gayle said, according to the Jamaica Gleaner. "To have come from that far, and being here now, is quite moving, and the hope is that this academy will similarly open doors and opportunities for youngsters."

JUNE 03, 2014

Isn't it time Pakistanis were in the IPL?

Ahmer Naqvi: There were reasons for why the two countries stopped playing each other, but they aren't all that valid anymore
MAY 30, 2014

Whatever happened to playing for the love of the game?

Michael Jeh: There seems to be a trend in junior sport in Australia of rewarding kids for just turning up to play
MAY 25, 2014

Is the era of the factory-produced cricketer upon us?

V Ramnarayan: Young aspirants in India today have their futures planned to a t by their parents, coaches and academies. Perhaps the old ways were better
MAY 02, 2014

My Caribbean friend

Samir Chopra: How tales of West Indies cricket helped forge an enduring friendship between an Indian professor and a Jamaican security guard
APRIL 27, 2014

An alternative definition for the spirit of cricket

Ahmer Naqvi: It's the game's ability to provide struggling societies with a sense of national identity and belief
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 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
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