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Need some inspiration? What do you know about cricket in Afghanistan…

A highlight of my “old life” was having the opportunity to work closely with Afghanistan Cricket. Here’s a stroll down memory lane via an ESPNCricinfo article from 2012. Afghanistan haven’t played...

Off-field faults hinder Afghan World Cup Campaign

When Afghanistan stormed home to steal a World Cup qualification place last year in Zimbabwe, many felt that their talented, if a little enigmatic team could upset some of the World’s best in England and Wales. All...

Towards Full Membership: an interview with Malcolm Cannon

Of all the lines which divide international cricket, no team has done more to head-butt that which separates its Full and Associate members than Scotland. With a record of five wins and two ties against Test-playing opposition...

Euro T20 slams door on Associates

The Euro T20 Slam yesterday announced details of their upcoming players draft, to be held in London on July 19. The owners of the event have chosen not to include any mandated Associate overseas selections, despite 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...

Appeal, foundations, commercial success. Full Membership. World Cups. What does success look like?

While the opportunity to play in World Cups and present a case for Full Member elevation are guiding objectives for Associates, for lower ranked teams who are in an earlier stage of development it can be difficult...

The final chapter? Associate nations at the World Cup: Part 5 (2011 & 2015)

The 16-team format used for the 2007 World Cup proved to be short-lived, as the tournament reverted to a two-group structure of 14 teams (as was the case in 2003, but with quarterfinals instead of the Super...

The Zimbabwe years: ’83, ’87, ’92. Associates at the World Cup, Part 2.

Having revisited the fortunes of Associate nations at the first two World Cups in 1975 and 1979 in Part 1 of this five-part series, we move ahead to the next three editions – held in England in...

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...

Building domestic pathways: local engagement, integrating new talent and fun in the park

There are many elements to developing a successful, sustainable cricket programme. For the casual observer - and even for those who watch a lot of cricket - it is very easy to judge an emerging country's progress...