Sambit Bal


Sport still matters, perhaps more than we think
Sport still matters, perhaps more than we think

In times like these, when we feel besieged and anxious, it can offer some of the respite our minds and hearts need

Just what was Shakib thinking?
Just what was Shakib thinking?

His failure to report approaches by a bookie will cost him a year; for Bangladesh cricket, it will cost more

Celebrate the historic moment, but don't ignore history, India
Celebrate the historic moment, but don't ignore history, India

To become the first Asian team to win a series in Australia is fantastic, but it's a win that has been two decades in the making

This is Australia's moment of truth
This is Australia's moment of truth

It's beyond ball-tampering. It's about how they want to play the game

Why cricket needs to define what constitutes an offence
Why cricket needs to define what constitutes an offence

Periodically we have bouts of hand-wringing when someone steps over the line, but things need to be more cut and dried

It's bigger than Kohli v Kumble
It's bigger than Kohli v Kumble

The question that arises from the fallout is: should players' personal likes and dislikes influence who gets to be coach?

Why isolating the BCCI is bad politics
Why isolating the BCCI is bad politics

The dismantling of the Big Three regime offered the opportunity to forge a collaboration for a new global order in cricket, but that has gone to waste

No one is bigger than the game
No one is bigger than the game

At their core, the Lodha recommendations were about establishing best practices in the BCCI. The office-bearers' persistent defiance in the matter seemed only like a bid to self-preserve

A day for cricket to rejoice
A day for cricket to rejoice

The Lodha committee report is a long-overdue opportunity to restore public faith in Indian cricket

Advantage batsmen, game to bowlers
Advantage batsmen, game to bowlers

In a tournament that gave the appearance of being dominated by the bat, the ball had the last word and it was Australia's attack that provided a degree of redemption

Why I'm hoping for a fairy-tale finish
Why I'm hoping for a fairy-tale finish

A New Zealand win will be good for the country, the game, and for one man

Triumph and disaster in an unforgiving minute
Triumph and disaster in an unforgiving minute

The difference between New Zealand and South Africa in Auckland was a matter of moments: fleeting minutes that laid bare the fickle beauty and cruelty of sport

Gayle personifies faltering West Indies
Gayle personifies faltering West Indies

If they're serious about building a quality team, they need to do it around Jason Holder

How to make a ten-team World Cup work
How to make a ten-team World Cup work

There are ways of making the Associates an integral part of the tournament while still keeping the event competitive and lucrative

India get their groove back
India get their groove back

The long winless Australian summer might just have given those watching the wrong impression

India win battle of nerves, their World Cup starts now
India win battle of nerves, their World Cup starts now

In a World Cup contest where nerves are the X-factor between the two teams, India prevailed over Pakistan with a superior batting performance and a couple of cool heads

What to expect from ESPNcricinfo this World Cup
What to expect from ESPNcricinfo this World Cup

The site has a new coat of paint, and there's a line-up of content to keep the most avid cricket fan happy

An order for an overhaul
An order for an overhaul

The tenor of the Supreme Court verdict on the IPL corruption case is unambiguous, and it makes clear that it's time for the BCCI to look within

No revolution at hand for cricket
No revolution at hand for cricket

The BCCI believes that cricket cannot survive without India. The other boards have given it no reason to think otherwise

Missing the fundamental point of sport
Missing the fundamental point of sport

Cricket needs leadership and reform but setting up an oligarchy in the name of democracy reduces the sport to the level of commonplace commerce