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Discover yourself by taking our quizzes
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
More in Page 2
A match that transcended the ordinary
A fan hears "the sound that will live on in my memory for the rest of my life" during the India-Bangladesh game
An 800-km train journey to watch two special wins
A long journey, queues and ticketing troubles could not take away from the great show that Afghanistan and Scotland put on in Nagpur
PSL's final rumble among dhols and Africa djembes
The quality of cricket was high, the noise levels in the ground were high. The only downer was the struggle to get into the stadium
Emoji masks, and alien dance moves
A packed house and a nail-biting finish, perfect for the T20 format, made it an exciting day at Newlands
'The craziest group of people I have ever seen'
Perfect weather, a historic hundred, and plenty of singing in the stands made it a day to savour
Janak Gamage quits as Bangladesh Women coach
Steve Tikolo appointed Uganda coach
Chandimal century makes England bat again
Morea, Reva lift PNG to third place
South Africa's attack gets workout despite rain
Welcome to the era of the total batsman
T20 has produced a breed of player who with his technical mastery proves that scoring fast does not have to involve massive risk-taking
And on the third day, Test cricket rose again
: Sri Lanka have been so poor, they might have mistaken for harbingers of Test cricket's doom. But the maligned sport just keeps grinding along
One and only
The Cricket Monthly May issue
Three IPL leggies who gladdened the heart
Amit Mishra, Yuzvendra Chahal and Adam Zampa, along with other bowlers, challenged the dominance of batsmen in the league
We look at the colour of Test cricket season in our
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