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What sort of review would you carry out?
'Tis the season for navel-gazing. Let's indulge
Your first-class system has been churning out batsmen clueless about playing the moving ball, the short ball, the spinning ball… in short any ball that does anything. What do you suggest in your report?
It's not the batsmen and system at fault here. It's the pitches overseas that are dodgy
Cancel first-class cricket. It's to blame, of course
Re-lay all the pitches in the country, increase pay for first-class cricketers, make that tournament competitive, and make it mandatory for selectors to watch all first-class games.
Your away record is appalling. What do you do?
Give the top performers in domestic cricket opportunities to play overseas during the off season
Sack all the players who played in those appalling away games
Schedule more home games, of course
What will be the title of your review?
A Foreign Conspiracy
Towards a Better Future
Heads Must Roll
Your selectors' decisions have been ridiculous enough to be featured on Page 2. How do you rectify that?
You don't. All publicity is good publicity
Legislate that the selectors be stoned by the public
Change the panel. Pick people who have in-depth knowledge of the available talent
Will you hold the captain responsible for losses?
Yes, and all those who captained the side in the previous decade
Yes, as the leader he needs to take a portion of the blame
What's the point? The captain doesn't score all the runs and take all the wickets, does he?
How do you solve the problem of frequent injuries?
Suggest the appointment of a head of fitness who oversees the health and workload of all contracted players
You'll get injured if you play a sport at the top level. You can't fight fate
What about scheduling?
Ask the ICC to redo the FTP
What about it?
Look at giving players two reasonable breaks during the year; and put in place a player-rotation system
Would you restructure the administration as well?
Have I been speaking pig Latin all this while?
Of course, officials are as accountable as players
In times of strife it's best to keep old institutions intact, so there is minimum panic
Will the Twenty20 league phenomenon feature in your review?
Yes, we will suggest an increase in pay for international cricket to compete with the T20 leagues
We will also be publishing a book of short stories, each of which ends with the demise of a player who got caught in a web of corruption when he signed on to play T20 franchise cricket.
The sheer brilliance of its existence? Yes, it will
What message will your review send out?
No one is coming out of this alive
We will not be swayed by popular opinion that our cricket has gone to the dogs
We will recover our past glories, and become stronger as a unit
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Eden Gardens turns on the magic again
A pitch with bounce, plenty of runs, a capacity crowd and a last-over finish all made it a day to remember
'Why did I bother buying day 5 tickets?'
No day five contest at Newlands after Kagiso Rabada took a ten-for to wrap up the series win for South Africa
The chants of Virat-Virat are here to stay
A see-saw day at the Wankhede, including a Kohli century and a boisterous crowd made it a memorable occasion
Compromise offers bring peace closer
Lord's Masterplan development recommended by MCC
Edwards' exit 'quite a big shock'
CoA allegations 'unsubstantiated, hypothetical' - Srinivasan
'Every Test match is a blessing'
How Bangladesh is finding and developing its talent
Mustafizur, Mosaddek, Mehidy, Nazmul - where did they all come from? By
It's time to rediscover Test-match batting
England's recklessness in the name of positivity is a sign that the art of batting in the longest format is no longer given due attention
Is it possible for a Pakistani to be a fan of Ian Botham?
The Cricket Monthly
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On tour in the UK,
witnesses a fine comeback, visits the country's oldest pub, and squeezes in some yoga lessons
Trisha Chetty's legacy in the making
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