5 10, 2015

What English cricket could *really* learn from rugby

October 5th, 2015|ECB, News|22 Comments

The other day here at TFT, James reflected on one of 2014's less-reported episodes of ECB misjudgement: their obsession with Stuart Lancaster. If you'll forgive me, I'd like to give the subject one more airing (even though Dmitri has got in first). A quick recap. In March last year, Giles Clarke told the Evening Standard: [...]

15 09, 2015

Brian Close, 1931-2015

September 15th, 2015|Cult heroes, ECB, News|3 Comments

There are a few things cricket blogs can do better than the mainstream press. Obituaries are rarely among them. I'd love to pay fulsome tribute to Brian Close, but I rather doubt I'd do him justice. Close was never England's finest batsman or bowler. But he was the stuff of genuine cricketing [...]

9 09, 2015

The Tom Harrison interview revisited

September 9th, 2015|ECB, Harriosn, News|15 Comments

Last month, Tom Harrison - the chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board - gave his first full media interviews - to Sky Sports and Test Match Special - since taking up his post in January. It is to be regretted that in a climate of continuing political turmoil in [...]

3 09, 2015

Ker-ching: part four

September 3rd, 2015|Ashes 2015, ECB, News|11 Comments

Throughout the 2015 international season we've been researching the price of tickets for England matches. We approached each host county and asked them to tell us how many seats they were selling, for each match, in which price brackets. Only Durham, Glamorgan, and Warwickshire, were prepared to disclose the exact number of [...]

30 08, 2015

Balancing the tightrope

August 30th, 2015|ECB, Guest, News|9 Comments

Although team selection issues may divide opinion, it almost goes without saying that the vast majority of English cricket fans are appalled by the ECB's institutional conduct over recent years.  The carve-up of cricket the board agreed with Cricket Australia and the BCCI last year is in my view the most egregious [...]

21 11, 2014

Why are we playing less cricket?

November 21st, 2014|ECB, News|23 Comments

64,000 fewer of us have played cricket this year. The ECB's 2014 National Cricket Playing Survey revealed a seven per cent fall in participation from 2013, down from 908,000 people to 844,000. The figures are based on responses from 37,500 individuals, although it's not clear - so far as I can see - who [...]

17 09, 2014

Secrets and lies

September 17th, 2014|ECB, News|123 Comments

It's now only three weeks until Kevin Pietersen's book is published. Across the crickosphere the air hums with the sound of knives being sharpened, loins being girt, hatches being battened down. It is the eve of the war. This won't be pretty. During the next month or so, we will hear claims [...]

8 09, 2014

The turtle tank revisited

September 8th, 2014|ECB, News|46 Comments

Over the last twenty four hours this blog has found itself at the eye of a Twitter storm. It began yesterday when Piers Morgan reTweeted a link to an article by Tregaskis we published in May - Inside The Turtle Tank. It examines the management culture of the ECB, and how its [...]

5 09, 2014

The fifth ODI

September 5th, 2014|ECB, News|73 Comments

And so to Headingley, for the final ODI of the series, and Alastair Cook's last international appearance of the season. Will England adapt their tactics and approach? Can they find solace in a consolation victory? Or will India complete the whitewash? We welcome all your comments as the match progresses. However, James [...]

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