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The IPL buzz that normally sets in in India will be absent until the second leg of the tournament beings. The attendance in UAE is also unlikely to match the numbers normally seen in India.
The IPL is a made-for-TV spectacle, and the timing of the games in UAE will be ideal for fans from India to tune in. UAE's expat population will support the tournament, and interest levels in India will also be quite high by the time the second phase begins.
The women's event deserves to run on it's own steam, and not become a sideshow to the men's tournament.
Women's cricket gets more visibility and publicity from such tournaments being hosted alongside the men's game.
He's struggling for form and fitness, and India have viable replacements in Ajinkya Rahane and Stuart Binny.
He's been India's gun player in ICC events, and is always only one innings away from regaining form.
He has a domestic one-day average in the mid-50s, and will provide solidity to a line-up filled with stroke-makers.
He isn't capable of scoring at a fast clip. More over, he's isn't a proven bowling option, and isn't the sharpest fielder either.
A maverick like him could have been disruptive in a team that is looking to rebuild from scratch.
He is their best player, and teams should find ways to accommodate such special talents.
The current set-up is inefficient and the ICC needs stronger leaders.
The proposed changes will make the rich richer, and herald a bleak future for the smaller countries and the depth of the international game as a whole.
A summit clash between the best sides in the game could give Test cricket context and make it more attractive.
It is an artificial construct. A one-off shoot out, in conditions that could favour one team more than the other, isn't the right way to identify the best Test team in the world.
With only Imran Tahir and an injured Morne Morkel to follow, the risk of going for a win was too much.
After getting so close, they should have taken their chances, especially considering India had set the field back.
Otherwise, injuries make the match uneven.
Teams could misuse it to their advantage.
He has been phenomenal with the bat during the consideration period, especially considering he was leading a struggling Australian side coming to terms with the retirement of many experienced players.
Clarke has accomplished little of note in limited-overs cricket in the consideration period. While he deserved the Test award, players like Dale Steyn, Hashim Amla and Kumar Sangakkara were far more impactful across formats.
A board's share of the revenue should be proportional to its financial contribution to the game.
All boards contribute to the game equally, and their share of the ICC revenues should reflect that.
What Michael Clarke was heard saying on the stump microphone was not out of line. Cricket is in danger of becoming an over-policed game.
Players should not be allowed to abuse their opponents. A healthy environment is necessary on the field, to protect those who may be struggling with problems off it.
The game is unfairly biased in the batsman's favour, and it's time the bowlers got some help from the rule-makers
Ball-tampering has always been considered unfair, and it should remain that way
He is experienced, and well-suited to click in Australian conditions. India don't have too many alternatives in the seam-bowling department.
He has played over 60 ODIs, but keeps repeating mistakes in line and length. It's time for India to groom one of the younger fast bowlers coming through the ranks.
Yes. He knows best when it is time to go
No. He hasn't been in form for several series now
Yes. Such games will make Associate teams tougher, and a more competitive playing field is good for the game.
No. A better way for Associates to improve is to develop a competitive domestic first-class structure. Games against Full Members will be one-sided and overcrowd the calendar.
Two reviews for an entire innings is too few.
This will only encourage tactical use of DRS, which was never the point of the system.
Pakistan don't have many leadership options, and Hafeez is a potential successor to Misbah-ul-Haq. His effectiveness as an offspinner makes up for his inconsistency with the bat.
He averages under 34 with the bat, which isn't good enough for a top-order batsman, especially an opener. His bowling exploits should only be counted as a bonus.
Quality players like them shouldn't be discarded permanently on the basis of age or form. They deserve the opportunity to force their way back into the senior team.
India's next generation has shown promise in recent times. The selectors should have stayed the course and continued to invest in young talent.
That will allow for better planning, and won't put commerce before cricket.
The game and its compulsions change too fast.
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