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Stumped by debt, cricket eyes new league

Posted June 26, 2016

 

The clubs, including Yorkshire and Durham, are saddled with millions of pounds of debts. One option under consideration is to form a new league for the short form of cricket known as Twenty20.

A breakaway league would need to be approved by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), the national governing body of cricket. Executives examining the idea would seek the right to negotiate their own television deals.

For more than a century, the grounds of some of the country’s cricket clubs have hosted some of the most memorable and gripping matches.

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Former England captain David Gower on how to save Test cricket – At Home

Posted January 9, 2016

 Financial Times

Batsman turned TV presenter says India has too much power over the game and urges the governing body to ‘grow a muscle’

David Gower had warned me it might be difficult to find his new London flat, just off Portobello Road, as it is part of a development in north Kensington to convert Victorian townhouses into residential blocks. Nevertheless, it is a surprise to get halfway down his road and find the rest of the street blocked by construction work.

Yet the real shock comes when the 58-year-old former England cricket captain, and now the main cricket presenter on Sky Television, shows me into his three-bedroom flat. Then the huge contrast between Gower on a cricket field and Gower in his new home becomes obvious.

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Why cricket is proving to be an unexpected bridge between communities

Posted November 2, 2015

London Loves Business

Adil Rashid may not have managed to save England from defeat against Pakistan in Dubai but his presence in the team, along with that of Moeen Ali, shows how cricket is, surprisingly, proving to be a great bridge builder in this country.

In Rashid and Ali we have two Muslim cricketers, both born to parents from Mirpur in the Pakistan part of Kashmir, who are so much part of the England cricket team that they are heroes not only to Asians but also many in the wider white community.

In a cricketing sense Rashid’s story is the more remarkable.

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Test Match Special – BBC Radio 4 extra

Posted October 4, 2015

First broadcast in May 2007 – this remains timeless.

Test Match Special: Ball on Ball

Interesting article in defence of cricket by Jonathan Freedland

Posted August 7, 2015

Football shouldn’t be allowed to deny cricket its moment in the sun

Jonathan Freedland

The Guardian

Today at least I had an excuse. Like plenty of others this summer, I’d been sneaking guilty peeks at the cricket during the working day, checking the score, hitting refresh on the webpage, occasionally donning the headphones for a cheeky dose of Test Match Special. Yesterday morning the urge became irresistible, as Australia crumbled, the entire team wiped out in the time it usually takes a team to clear its throat, having scored a paltry 60 runs.

Today the drama continued for cricket fans, luring the eyeballs of all but the most conscientious away from that budget document or urgent spreadsheet towards Trent Bridge, where England are on the verge of wresting the Ashes back from their century-long rivals. I particularly like the doctor who admitted he furtively checks the score on his laptop while seeing patients: they assume he’s looking up their test results. When the doctor’s jaw dropped at the scale of the Aussie collapse, his elderly patient assumed he was about to be told the worst possible news and was on the verge of tears. “It took me a while to calm him down.” No such conflict for me today: I could openly follow proceedings in the name of column-related research. What could be better, on a warm summer’s day, than to see England uncurl those Australian fingers from the urn and win back cricket’s most fabled prize?

Except, what’s this? In a few hours’ time the attention of the nation’s sports lovers will swing away from cricket towards football. Yes, even though August is in its infancy and the days are still long, we shall tomorrow hear the whistle of the ref, the outraged howl of crowds baying for a penalty and the protestations of innocence from players who’ve dived as extravagantly as if they’d leapt from Tom Daley’s highest board.

A quirk of the diary it might be, but it feels like an offence against nature all the same. For the football season to begin now, as the Ashes reaches its climax, is all wrong. There are rhythms to our national life, tides and currents that mark the seasons as surely as the falling of the leaves or the darkening of the nights, and this seeks to upend them. It is a violation on a par with the premature “back to school” poster I spotted in a high street window last week, a form of words that can make the heart sink in early September, let alone a month in advance.

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