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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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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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