World Cup Diary


Politicians create an inconvenient truth
Politicians create an inconvenient truth

Here's the most definite 'learning' from this World Cup: lets keep the heads of government and state away from it

The grandmother of all headaches
The grandmother of all headaches

News flash: The Indian and Pakistani cricketers are not having bun-fights over breakfast

In the other camp
In the other camp

Two South African journalists travelled on the diverted flight that went to Dhaka to fetch the New Zealand cricket team and carry them to Colombo

Motera, trapped in a time warp
Motera, trapped in a time warp

If the World Cup is to be a roll call of some of India's leading venues across the country, then the ones lurking at the bottom of the pile should be Delhi (for administrative inefficiency) and Ahmedabad for a startling shabbiness

March 16 - A day for the ages
March 16 - A day for the ages

The best 24 hours of my life – March 6 2011

Jamtha: the fans' stadium
Jamtha: the fans' stadium

There's something about Jamtha

Nagpur is more than just oranges and cricket
Nagpur is more than just oranges and cricket

Nagpur gets a lot of bad press particularly when cricket comes to town – the stadium's too far, transport is over-priced, there aren't enough hotels around for an event the size of the World Cup, the restaurants are average, the bars are minimum

Klusener's favourite knock
Klusener's favourite knock

Lance Klusener always preferred doing his talking with the bat

The last revolutionary standing
The last revolutionary standing

“We knew we were all going to die,” he says, casually.

The Dutch go back to school
The Dutch go back to school

A polite request arrived from the ICC a couple of days ago: would I like to join Ryan ten Doeschate and Atse Buurman, the Netherlands’ players, on a visit to one of the government-run schools as part of a drive to encourage education through reading

Fans' flowers can't mask the bigger picture
Fans' flowers can't mask the bigger picture

As promised last night, hundreds of Bangladeshis gathered outside the team hotel in Dhaka on Saturday to apologise to the cricketers for the actions of some “fans” – for want of a better word

Small-town South Africa in India
Small-town South Africa in India

This week was the first time that I travelled on a train

The day Zarawani lost his head
The day Zarawani lost his head

Think Allan Donald

A shakedown for cricket's la-di-dah community
A shakedown for cricket's la-di-dah community

They didn't mean it

Luxury in Bangalore with England in store
Luxury in Bangalore with England in store

The opening game against Bangladesh last Friday was my 100th for Ireland in all competitions, and I should really have been celebrating a win

Not a day to go home early
Not a day to go home early

Some decisions haunt you for a long while

Firefighting at the KSCA
Firefighting at the KSCA

The Chinnaswamy Stadium, on the day before the World Cup, looked exactly like what most Indian grounds look like 24 hours before a big game

A light in Delhi's darkness
A light in Delhi's darkness

It’s not often that a person’s name represents what they actually are

Hunting for New Zealand 1992
Hunting for New Zealand 1992

We all have our favourite sport jerseys

A photo of Ken Meuleman in Nagpur?
A photo of Ken Meuleman in Nagpur?

Nagpur is a difficult place to work out