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Why isolating the BCCI is bad politics

Feb 17, 2017: The dismantling of the Big Three regime offered the opportunity to forge a collaboration for a new global order in cricket, but that has gone to waste

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Indian cricket

No one is bigger than the game

Jan 2, 2017: At their core, the Lodha recommendations were about establishing best practices in the BCCI. The office-bearers' persistent defiance in the matter seemed only like a bid to self-preserve

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A day for cricket to rejoice

Jul 14, 2015: The Lodha committee report is a long-overdue opportunity to restore public faith in Indian cricket

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Advantage batsmen, game to bowlers

Mar 30, 2015: In a tournament that gave the appearance of being dominated by the bat, the ball had the last word and it was Australia's attack that provided a degree of redemption

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Australia v New Zealand, World Cup 2015, final, Melbourne

Why I'm hoping for a fairy-tale finish

Mar 28, 2015: A New Zealand win will be good for the country, the game, and for one man

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Triumph and disaster in an unforgiving minute

Mar 24, 2015: The difference between New Zealand and South Africa in Auckland was a matter of moments: fleeting minutes that laid bare the fickle beauty and cruelty of sport

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Gayle personifies faltering West Indies

Mar 22, 2015: If they're serious about building a quality team, they need to do it around Jason Holder

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How to make a ten-team World Cup work

Mar 16, 2015: There are ways of making the Associates an integral part of the tournament while still keeping the event competitive and lucrative

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India get their groove back

Feb 23, 2015: The long winless Australian summer might just have given those watching the wrong impression

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India v Pakistan, World Cup 2015, Group B, Adelaide

India win battle of nerves, their World Cup starts now

Feb 15, 2015: In a World Cup contest where nerves are the X-factor between the two teams, India prevailed over Pakistan with a superior batting performance and a couple of cool heads

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What to expect from ESPNcricinfo this World Cup

Feb 13, 2015: The site has a new coat of paint, and there's a line-up of content to keep the most avid cricket fan happy

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Corruption in the IPL

An order for an overhaul

Jan 23, 2015: The tenor of the Supreme Court verdict on the IPL corruption case is unambiguous, and it makes clear that it's time for the BCCI to look within

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No revolution at hand for cricket

Jan 27, 2014: The BCCI believes that cricket cannot survive without India. The other boards have given it no reason to think otherwise

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Missing the fundamental point of sport

Jan 20, 2014: Cricket needs leadership and reform but setting up an oligarchy in the name of democracy reduces the sport to the level of commonplace commerce

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Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane

Clarke's problem

Nov 22, 2013: A weakness against the short ball is more serious for a batsman than other shortcomings because of the effect it can have on a player's overall game

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England v Australia, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 2nd day

An odd series in so many ways

Aug 22, 2013: For the most part, the tension of a contest has been lacking, and listlessness has been a recurring feature

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How about demanding honesty from the players?

Jul 16, 2013: As a system, the DRS is less than ideally set up. It's time cricketers policed themselves to some extent

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India v Australia, 2nd Test, Hyderabad

Pity the paying public

Mar 3, 2013: The way Indian cricket treats spectators is depressing and a travesty of the times

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If India don't hurt, they won't rise

Dec 18, 2012: Plenty of excuses have been offered over the last year and a half; the time has come to acknowledge reality

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Cricket gives Sri Lankans a sporting chance

Oct 6, 2012: The war is over, the economy is booming - now Sri Lanka wants and needs a major cricket title

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Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine and Lasith Malinga make up the overseas roster, while MS Dhoni captains the side

Smith, Dhoni central to Pune's turnaround

There were rumours about Rising Pune being a bickering and uninterested unit because of off-field decisions, but amid the noise, the think-tank addressed the underlying issue of how to win games

Dhoni destroys and delights Mumbai

MS Dhoni was far from his best leading into and in this game. But when the ball was put in his half, that hardly mattered - much to the delight of even staunch Mumbai Indians fans

Washington Sundar thinks his way to success

For someone so young, with no big variations, the Pune offspinner has done remarkably well thanks to his clarity of thought

A history of the Champions Trophy in seven matches

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