14 07, 2015

The lost key to the crown jewels

2017-03-23T11:09:22+00:00 July 14th, 2015|Best Of EMS!, News, Off Field Issues, PakvEng2015|44 Comments

We make no apology for returning time and again to the issue of cricket on free-to-air television. This has become an increasingly crucial battleground for those who campaign to democratise cricket and broaden public access to the game. The issue arouses fierce emotions in every sport. The announcement that Sky Sports have snatched [...]

3 07, 2015

Glorious summer 2005

2015-07-03T09:21:57+00:00 July 3rd, 2015|Best Of EMS!, News, PakvEng2015|15 Comments

Some things can not be overhyped. A few events live up to every word of hyperbole. And occasionally our memories do not deceive us - the reality was every bit as good as our recollection. The 2005 Ashes, which began ten years ago this month, were one such passage of time. It was [...]

6 05, 2014

The Cult of Alastair Cook

2014-05-06T17:29:08+00:00 May 6th, 2014|Best Of EMS!, News, PakvEng2015|21 Comments

I feel sorry for Alastair Cook. It’s no secret that the English media, and certain fans, love to build someone up and then knock them down. We see it in other sports all the time. You’re either brilliant – a world class hero, a pin-up boy, a genius or an all time [...]

27 05, 2011

The Curious Case of Adrian Shankar

2015-10-30T10:38:23+00:00 May 27th, 2011|Best Of EMS!, News, PakvEng2015|15 Comments

When troubled Worcestershire signed Adrian Shankar, the former Lancashire 2nd XI batsman, a couple of weeks ago, they were in dire need of a miracle worker. They were bottom of the table, with a tiny budget, and had little prospect of winning a single match – let alone avoiding relegation. In Shankar, [...]