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Status and statistics – cricket’s hegemonic nonsense

A side note before I go on my way in discussing this: I hate composing pieces like this in first person and refuse to do it. So without referring to myself in this piece, I believe it...

“Keyboard warriors”, Sideshow Bob and Alanis Morissette

I went to bed (late, again, thanks #CWC19 timezones) deflated on a number of fronts, firstly at how Afghanistan's performance belied their talent, and also lamenting how the best teams who qualified in Zimbabwe wouldn't have necessarily...

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...

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...

A bad format, Associates or not

The long lamented and dreaded ten-team World Cup has finally started and the arguments over the format are unlikely to cease until the trophy has been lifted if not after. Strangely, within the general...

The role of the ICC and the risk of dependency

There has been much debate since the 1996 World Cup on the ICC’s role in global development. It was then that the ICC took the plunge into direct support and development pathways, leading to the surge in...

Associates at the World Cup, Part 1: 1975 & 1979

Thanks to the International Cricket Council’s retrograde decision to reduce the number of the teams at the World Cup, the 12th edition of the showpiece event, set to begin in England on May 30, will feature only ten teams –...

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...

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...