ECB predict cricket’s apocalypse

ENGLAND’S cricket authorities have told the Government they believe that reserving the Ashes series for terrestrial television would cause a “devastating collapse in the entire fabric of cricket in England and Wales from the playground to the Test match arena”. Anyone might wonder after reading those words how cricket survived before Sky Television took the …

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Ireland gain early dominance

A WORLD Cup without Ireland has become almost unthinkable these days, and they have made a good start in the ICC World Cup qualifying tournament in South Africa with victories over Scotland and Oman. Their heroics in the last World Cup in the West Indies, when they reached the second stage after defeating Pakistan in …

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Statue no-balled

The splendid bronze statue, called ‘Bowler’, which now stands in the Nursery Ground at Lord’s, was no-balled by Westminster Borough Council as a public danger when it was unveiled in the Coronation Garden next to the main pavilion in 1999. The boot-spikes on the raised right foot were deemed to be a threat to passers-by (presumably …

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Chris Dehring: Party of a lifetime

CHRIS Dehring, the World Cup chief executive, has been attempting to sooth fears that some Caribbean venues will be unable to cope with the influx of spectators. Chris Dehring said on Tuesday that recent news of record-breaking tourist arrivals in Jamaica was a good example of what could be achieved ahead of the tournament. Reacting …

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World Cup — Scalping all round

THE World Cup organisers in Jamaica have announced that more than 200 tickets, including some for top matches, have been made null and void in a crackdown on the black market, especially sellers allocated tickets during the application phase who tried to use auction websites.   The MCC decided to target websites, most notably E-Bay, with …

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Gibbs in silly stew

SORRY, but the Gibbs two-match ban is nonsense and exposes the ICC anti-racism campaign to ridicule. On Sunday just before lunch on the fourth day Herschelle Gibbs made a comment to his team-mates about a small group of rowdy Pakistan supporters targeting South Africa ’s left-arm spinner Paul Harris for abuse during the Test match …

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Good news for conch people

CONCH shells and collapsible coolers will be permitted at the World Cup in the West Indies, but banned are items not usually allowed on aircraft such as firearms, explosives, weapons and alcohol. John Collymore, the World Cup security director, said that flag poles were on the banned list, though the flags themselves would be permitted …

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Ashley Giles Bombshell

ASHLEY Giles has retained his credibility in the England set-up with the inclusion of his name among the provisional 30 players for the World Cup in the West Indies , announced on Saturday. The left-arm spinner, rusty and awful in the Ashes, cannot possibly be considered good enough to make the final 15 selections when …

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