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Osman Samiuddin – Cricket could learn from the NFL and start thinking of itself as a collective

Osman Samiuddin – Cricket could learn from the NFL and start thinking of itself as a collective

In 1960 a new commissioner of the NFL in America, Pete Rozelle, convinced the league’s franchise owners to start thinking and acting collectively. Rozelle’s argument was a simple but forceful one. The league’s attractiveness and marketability was not dependent on one or two teams but on the competitiveness of the whole. By agreeing to work …

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Ask Steven – How many left-arm bowlers have taken more international wickets than Trent Boult?

I was sorry to read that Trent Boult was winding down his international career. Has any other left-arm bowler taken more international wickets, apart, perhaps, from Wasim Akram? asked Bruce McKenzie from New Zealand You’re right in thinking that Wasim Akram leads the way: he took no fewer than 916 wickets in international cricket – …

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Cricket Australia targets sport’s inclusion at 2032 Olympics

Cricket Australia has targeted the inclusion of the sport at the 2032 Brisbane Olympics as part of a strategic plan to expand participation and maintain the game’s position at the heart of the country’s sporting culture. The ambitious “Where the Game Grows” plan released on Monday aims to double the number of children aged five …

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Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada and Ayabonga Khaka among big winners at Cricket South Africa awards

Ayabonga Khaka won the women’s Player of the Year, with Laura Wolvaardt winning the ODI prize. Lizelle Lee, who retired from international cricket earlier this year, was given the T20 Women’s player of the Year. Khaka and Maharaj won the players’ nominations for Player of the Year as well. Rabada took 43 wickets in his …

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English county cricket – Darren Stevens, ageless cult hero, reaches end of road at Kent

Time appears to have caught up with Darren Stevens, whose 17 years with Kent will reach its conclusion at the end of the season at the age of 46. But what’s this? Surely not a hint that there might be one final season left in the tank? He has no wish to retire just yet …

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Pakistan cricket – PCB launches women’s Under-19 T20 tournament

The PCB is set to launch an Under-19 women’s T20 tournament, which will be contested by six regional associations starting on August 13. Lahore Country Club, Muridke, will be the venue for the 10-day round-robin tournament, which offers a platform to 84 players in all, with 15 reserve players on standby. The PCB hopes to …

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English county cricket – Darren Stevens, Kent’s ageless cult hero, to call time on his career

Time appears to have caught up with Darren Stevens, whose 17 years with Kent will come to an end at the end of the season at the age of 46. But what’s this? Surely not a hint that there might be one final season left in the tank? He has no wish to retire just …

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New Zealand domestic cricket – Plunket Shield to launch packed 2022-23 domestic calendar

New Zealand Cricket has announced a full 2022-23 domestic schedule after the last season was hit by widespread Covid-19 disruptions. The season will start with the Plunket Shield in October – followed by the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield and Ford Trophy competitions – and will last for a total of six months until the end of …

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Mark Nicholas – If 50-over cricket is dying, maybe it needs to be put on a pedestal

One-day international cricket changed the game, or at least Kerry Packer’s commercialized version of it did. We loved the 60/55/50-over stuff because it felt like cricket as we knew it: bowlers trying to get batters out with slips in place and some of the batters guarding their wicket as if a life depended upon it, …

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