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Controlling the message

Oct 7, 2013: Cricket boards need to realise the game will not perish if they don't monetise every "product" and police the utterances of every player

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The sovereign republic of the BCCI

Sep 16, 2013: The Indian board is setting a precedent by ignoring the FTP, and thus seemingly reserving the right to do with international cricket as it pleases

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Are South Africa a durable No. 1?

Mar 19, 2013: Their predecessors in the position had short reigns but Graeme Smith's team might just be the real deal

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What should the ICC be?

Sep 27, 2011: Cricket's governing body has long been a fiefdom board presidents use to serve their countries' interests. It's time it became a modern policy-making institution instead

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Ave Test cricket

Jun 21, 2011: Many premature reports of its death later, the five-day game still stands, a byword for excellence in an era that encourages, and even worships, mass mediocrity

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Where's the next Katich coming from?

Jun 18, 2011: CA needs to focus on developing proper cricketers, but it seems too much in thrall to the needs of Twenty20 to care

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It's an Irish question and a global one

Apr 29, 2011: Ireland deserve to participate in the 2015 World Cup. That the ICC executive board wishes to freeze them out reflects a new phase in the game's global evolution

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Who administers the administrators?

Jan 31, 2011: Players are expected to follow a code of conduct. But is there one such for those who govern the game? Self-regulation is no longer a solution to corruption in cricket

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Cricket Australia, look at yourself

Jan 18, 2011: Australians used to pride themselves on having the best cricket governance. Not anymore, now that the board seems bent on casting itself as a marketing organisation that dabbles in the game on the side

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No favourite, no underdog

Nov 2, 2010: Form or intuition - what does one go by when picking a team to back for the Ashes? Both Australia and England seem vulnerable this time round

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The age of conspiracy

Sep 29, 2010: The tendency to blame external elements for every problem - as seen in Ijaz Butt's recent utterances - can only be countered by making governance more transparent and being serious about conflicts of interest

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Corruption? It's everywhere

Aug 31, 2010: It's no wonder there's match-fixing in the modern game, with its environment of easy money and pervasive maladministration

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Cricket's fig leaf of democracy

Jul 4, 2010: To be legit, democracy needs to meet certain preconditions. In cricket, legitimacy is something the boards have been happy to overlook, as shown by the Howard affair

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A grave new low for lowly ICC

Jul 1, 2010: John Howard has been knocked back - and knocked back without even an opportunity to address the rejectionists

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The case for Howard

Jun 23, 2010: Those railing against the former Australian PM are not shining examples of rectitude themselves

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Whatever happened to governance?

May 31, 2010: Why isn't it a scandal that the BCCI spends just 8% of its revenue on actual cricket promotion? And are the other boards any better?

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Cricketainment, eh?

May 11, 2010: The Stewart Regan email shows that cricket suffers from administrators frustrated with and contemptuous of the game they have been entrusted with

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Put the game before the brand

May 6, 2010: Thinking of cricket purely as a brand will only impede the clean-up the BCCI needs to undertake in the wake of the IPL mess

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IPL

Why so surprised?

Apr 27, 2010: The IPL has always been a candidate for Enron-sized corruption. Modi operated with impunity, and Indian cricket laid itself open to becoming a vehicle for tax minimisation and money laundering

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Really, Warnie?

Mar 16, 2010: The IPL has become an occasion for tub-thumping, mutual back-slapping and all-consuming PR

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    A keen eye, a beating heart

Review: The Meaning of Cricket is a collection of Jon Hotten's writing that is lively with insight and anecdote. By Gideon Haigh

Gone too soon

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The Cricket Monthly July issue

    'As a leader, you need to understand the characters in the team'

Talking Cricket: Mahela Jayawardene talks about captaincy, and Arjuna Ranatunga's influence on Sri Lankan cricket

    'I play every match like it's my last'

Yasir Shah relives his success at Lord's and talks about what it's like to be acclaimed as the world's best spinner

A second revolution in Pakistan cricket

Kamran Abbasi: All four of Pakistan's victories at Lord's have been special. The latest one was extra sweet because it came after a 20-year wait

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Pakistan, press-ups and national redemption

The themes of redemption and rehabilitation had been a constant companion for Pakistan in the build-up to what proved to be an epic first Test, but it was only in that moment of victory that the true significance of their 75-run win could be understood

Keep calm. Misbah is here

Pakistan's thrilling triumph at Lord's was underscored by their captain's serenity

West Indies need to paper over bowling cracks

The hosts' pace attack, with a combined experience of 31 Tests and 56 wickets, is a candidate for being their weakest ever, yet India cannot simply show up and expect to win

An accident waiting to happen

England played a full part in a compelling Test, but if they are to continue to evolve as a Test side the top order has to shape matches

Masters of making the ball talk

The one constant in Pakistan cricket is the inherent quality and variety of the bowling. The use of the ball, its leather and its seam, is a culture, forensically explored and widely envied

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