Infectious outbreak hits test cricket

Unaccustomed as we are to seeing professional cricket administered and played to rules and regulations which have a basis in common sense, it looks like we might just have to get used to it.

Every single one of the recent batch of changes made by the ICC to the Playing Conditions of the international and first-class game make sense. Every single one. The only questionable aspect about them is why they took so long to happen. (for more click here)

Go Faster stripes for KG & Polly

Every now and then a sponsor really goes out of its way to do something a bit different. I have said for a long time that sponsors, by and large, can be taken for granted and under-appreciated in the world of sport but I guess they wouldn’t keep coming back if it wasn’t worth their while.

Nissan’s involvement in cricket is headed by their brand ambassadors Shaun Pollock and Kagiso Rabada and it was around these two very fine cricketers and gentlemen that the car manufacturer planned their latest ‘day out’ for the media. And what a day it was – provided you enjoy speed. (for more see here)

AB skips Bangladesh… for Zimbabwe?

Perhaps AB de Villiers didn’t feel he would be ready for the Bangladesh test series – maybe he needs some more cricket in his arms and legs.

Or, and I happen to believe this is entirely fair enough and reasonable, maybe he simply believes that he has a finite number of days of test cricket left (unlike Steve Waugh and Sachin Tendulkar who could have played until they were 50) and he would rather spend them playing against India and Australia at Centurion or the Wanderers rather than Bangladesh in Potchefstroom and Bloemfontein. (for more see here)

Protea doom and gloom…?

No, I don’t think so. It’s easy to criticise a losing team – far too easy. It is much harder to be optimistic about one or even praise one. Well, let’s try and do something about that.

For its combatants professional sport is, ultimately, about results. It is about winning. Naturally it is also about winning for fans and the bosses but if the administrators can still make money from a team which loses more often than wins – which is sometimes the case – they will still be happy.  (for more see here)

 

Dale Steyn aiming for Bangladesh

Dale Steyn’s frustrating absence from the game since November last year is almost over. The great fast bowler is finally back in the nets and bowling and, if his recovery goes according to plan, he’ll be back up to full pace about a fortnight before the first test against Bangladesh which begins on September 28. (for more see here)