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Richardson’s ‘competitive’ dream realised in Semi-Final lineup

“The aim is to make the major events as competitive as possible. Every match should be very competitive.” These were the words of ICC Chief Executive Dave Richardson in the run up to this World Cup. They were his attempt to justify the shrinking of the 2019 World Cup from fourteen to ten teams. They […]

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Ballance’s loss of form symptomatic of England’s struggles

Amidst the misery, bitterness and tiring calls for the return of Saint KP that have typified the response to another dismal England World Cup showing, my mind wandered to the last time English Cricket genuinely made me smile or laugh. Without doubt, it was the grainy photos that emerged from the Pandora’s box bar in […]

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Associate Nations face being bowled out of World Cup by ICC beamer

The ICC’s plans to downsize the Cricket World Cup in 2019 to ten teams from the current quota of 14 have been met with widespread outrage and general condemnation from all corners of the cricketing world. Both representatives of the associate nations who face exclusion and experienced commentators have decried the ICC’s plan as short-sighted […]

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Cricket World Cup Preview: England’s Prospects

Form: Very much a mixed bag. Some superb, unexpected wins against Sri Lanka and India in recent months have occurred alongside some archetypal drubbings. Nevertheless, there is cautious optimism from both inside the England camp and out, that this current squad is as talented as any that have headed to a World Cup. Strengths: Although […]