Category Archives: National News

ECB premier league vision fades with Home Counties break-up

The ECB’s drive to bolster professional cricket by focusing on a premier league structure has been quietly shelved, and there have been suggestions that the policy has actually been reducing the number

Interpol offering reality check

INTERPOL, the international policing organisation, have offered to help the ICC by taking steps to prevent organised crime from infiltrating cricket. This follows hard on the warning by the ECB this week

American captain on fraud charge

STEVE Massiah made his United States debut with a rapid century against a Minor Counties XI at Stone in Staffordshire in 2000 before climbing the ladder to the captaincy. So this week’s

Yardy honest about depression

THE Sussex captain Michael Yardy has disclosed he has been suffering from depression, a condition that led to his withdrawal from England’s World Cup campaign before the quarter-final against Sri Lanka in

Ponting rants for subdued Australia

THE futility of Ricky Ponting’s argument with the umpires on the second day of the fourth Test in Melbourne was clear. Australia’s captain did not seem to know that the burden of

England must drop jaded Finn

THE difference between the two Ashes sides was never as wide as the chasm suggested by Australia’s trouncing at Adelaide. In the Pom euphoria it was forgotten that England’s suspect batting had

Lions can look back to Moores era

ENGLAND have announced a Lions party to tour the West Indies for two months as part of the first class championship after a gap of exactly 10 years, when Peter Moores was

ICC start Pakistan talk shop

THE Pakistan Task Team, a panel set up under Giles Clarke by the ICC to drag Pakistan cricket out of the mire after spot-fixing allegations, has underlined the zero-tolerance policy towards corruption.

England’s day of The Pylons

THE selection of the 6ft 7in Chris Tremlett for the tour of Australia is a sound move, and England could field the tallest seam-bowling attack yet to hit Down Under if James

Pakistan alienation almost complete

THE alienation of Pakistan from world cricket continues — partly with blame and partly without — as the relationship with erstwhile friends, England, on and off the field dissolves into hostility. This