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The Intercontinental Cup must not die

With the ICC, where the Associates are concerned, there’s always a sting in the tail. So last autumn, when they announced the spiffing new structure of one-day competitions to replace the World Cricket League, there was also...

The smiling assassins: How Thailand built a formidable women’s national cricket team, Part 1

It is January 2009. The mood at the Chiang Mai Gymkhana Club is buoyant. The Thailand men’s national team has just beaten the Maldives by six runs in the opening fixture of the ACC Challenge Trophy. It...

Emerging Cricket sits down with Bhanu Sigdel

Even by the high standards of the cricket fan base in Nepal, Bhanu Sigdel is as dedicated as they come. Running the Nepal Cricket Supporters Society (NCSS), Bhanu has led many campaigns for the improvement of the...

Nepal’s flaws exposed by Asia T20 World Cup Qualifier

After a miracle run over the past 18 months in international cricket, Nepal's luck ran out at the Asia T20 World Cup Qualifier, falling to Singapore in the final game to hand them progress to the Global...

The Saad story behind Singapore’s success

When Saad Khan Janjua—CEO of the Singapore Cricket Association (SCA)—speaks, people listen. It’s not because his name comes with an air of gravitas. It’s not because of his towering presence and broad shoulders.

Disentangling the World Cup format conundrum

And finally, this 1992-inspired league-style World Cup has come to an end. From 16 teams in 2007 and 14 in 2011 and 2015, this edition featured a measly ten sides. As the dust settles, what is the...

Scrap the Sixes, salvage the Blitz

Emerging Cricket was the first to break the news that the Hong Kong T20 Blitz, the event that unearthed Nepal's Sandeep Lamichhane, is to be axed, and that Cricket Hong Kong is to now focus on running...

The story of Moroccan cricket: baksheesh, bombs, and the death of a dream

Morocco hasn’t been kicked out of the ICC because Moroccans don’t play cricket. Or because the North African Kingdom hasn’t got the facilities. Morocco has been kicked out because of woeful management that forced the ICC to act.

Cricket in Rwanda: scaling mountains in the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’

We are in the Rwanda team bus coming from dinner at the Harare Sports Club, the ladies are in high spirits after picking up a one wicket win over fellow newcomers Mozambique; a real nail biter which...

OPINION: Zimbabwe suspension highlights double standards and warped priorities of ICC board

As the dust settles on the ICC’s decision to suspend Zimbabwe, the situation remains far from certain. Players’ careers have been thrown into limbo, while Zimbabwe’s ban from participation in international cricket raises questions about a host...