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The media at the pre-match press conference in Colombo

Controlling the message

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

BCCI president N Srinivasan during the ICC meeting

The sovereign republic of the BCCI

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

Haroon Lorgat at the launch of the 2012 World Twenty20

What should the ICC be?

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

An illustration of the 1882 Oval Test

Ave Test cricket

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

It's an Irish question and a global one

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

Who administers the administrators?

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

Cricket Australia, look at yourself

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

The England squad celebrate after winning the first Ashes Test

No favourite, no underdog

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