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Record partnership will be questioned if Amir overstepped the line

Imagine nailing your dream job and then going out to celebrate in a mood of euphoria. While you’re living it up in the pub, you beat Phil Taylor at darts, whip Tony Drago at pool, then get approached by a girl with supermodel looks who kisses you passionately and then begs you to take her home. Sounds like a result, right? Well now imagine waking up the next morning to discover that you only got the job because your super-rich uncle pulled a few strings, that the blokes you thought were Phil...

Well played, Butch

Looks like Mark Butcher’s new career as a recording artist has got off to a good start. The former Surrey and England batsman has just released his debut album ‘Songs From The Sun House’ – and it’s earned the following rave review from music-news.com: “As the opening organ riill of ‘Put Some Soul In It’ came pouring out of the speakers and the funky drumbeat gave way to some seriously funky guitar and a fine white-soul voice I had pull over and check that I...

A plan to save county cricket

Essex, Sussex and Somerset are trying to persuade the ECB not to reduce the number of T20 matches next season. Essex in particular have been vocal in their opposition – they claim they’ll have to make redundancies if their home matches are reduced from eight per season back to five. So what is the solution? Everybody agrees that the Friends Provident matches had less meaning this summer. Players were complaining of burn out and interest in T20 cricket seemed to be reaching saturation...

The ticket-sales ‘crisis’: blame the ECB, not the IPL

Extraordinary times. Cricket’s ‘ticket sales crisis’ is now a mainstream news story – making the BBC 10 O’clock News, and page 9 of Monday’s Evening Standard. Admittedly, it’s mid-August and newsrooms need all the material they can lay their hands on. They’ve exaggerated the story, which has now taken on its own news-momentum. The more outlets pick up on it, the more others will follow – and a few days’ poor ticket sales snowball into...

Bonzer! Aussies launch new format for one-day cricket

Sometimes it takes the straight talking Australians to get things done. Rather than simply lamenting the decline of domestic one-day cricket, those pioneering Aussies have decided to do something about it. Whereas the ECB have introduced various ineffectual and random reforms, such as cancelling all fifty over cricket and implementing a new forty over competition (whilst extending the T20 league to a gazillion games per week) the ACB have decided to break with tradition and do something that...

The Sunday roast

A quick-round up of some of the weekend’s talking points. Congratulations to new T20 champions Hampshire – and sincere commiserations to Somerset (losing finalists for the second successive year). What a remarkable finish!  If you were at the Rose Bowl, get in touch and tell us about what must have been an extraordinary atmosphere for the last few balls. The England selectors have not dropped Alastair Cook, naming an unchanged side on Sunday morning. What a surprise. In other news...

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