The ICC U-turn: What gives?

The news that emerged on Tuesday was that the ICC had changed its mind on the number of associate teams that will take part in the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Considering the speed at which the ICC made the original decision to cull its minor members just days after the conclusion of the 2011 tournament,…

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The great Super 15 swindle

As we approach the business end of the inaugural Super 15, there will be much stocktaking on both sides of the Indian Ocean. The tournament itself can be won by the four teams that make up the semi-finals but regardless of where the trophy ends up, the Australians will be the ones most pleased by…

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A Super Rugby Fantasy team

One of the advantages the information age has brought to the world of sports is the invention of the Fantasy League. America could arguably be said to have pioneered the concept. The internet first came to prominence there and with the United States being home to some of the richest sporting leagues in the world…

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Proteas get their man but now patience is needed

The news that Gary Kirsten, the former South African opening batsman and coach that masterminded India to their second World Cup triumph, was to be appointed head coach of the Proteas was a poorly kept secret by the administrators but one which supporters of the national cricket team must have breathed a huge sigh of…

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Saru should look to NZ to keep big names

There is an often-used phrase, slowly creeping on the borders of cliché, by the South African rugby media to signify the “what now?” question once a Rugby World Cup year passes. “Player exodus” along with the imposed biblical proportions of rugby players’ status in a sport where every second player is referred to willy-nilly as…

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Stormers have it all to play for

Week 14 of the 2011 Super 15 is fast approaching, and with only a few weeks left till the “finals series” (feels like a bastardised PR word to me) the chaff is being separated from the wheat. The Brumbies are now certain to be the running punch line for this season, considering their own coach…

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Shortened Australia Tests a sign of cricket coming full circle

A very interesting statement was made by a Cricket Australia spokesman on May 6 when questioned about the now shortened Test series against South Africa, set for this coming October. Australia are touring to return the favour of South Africa, having toured Down Under during December and January, both countries’ most profitable time for cricket….

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Time running out for Wenger

“I have never cared very much for personal prizes. A man does not become a freedom fighter in the hope of winning awards, but when I was notified that I had won the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize jointly with Mr de Klerk, I was deeply moved.” This is how Nelson Mandela responded when asked about…

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Cheetahs win over the neutrals

For South African rugby fans, the current Super 15 log isn’t the most pleasant thing to look at. The Stormers do lie in “third” place but their inability to secure bonus points, with just one thus far, has seen the Blues move above them, meaning they are behind the Sharks’ eight ball. That’s because the…

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ICC gives minnows the finger

The 2011 World Cup in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh could be seen as a success and that is because the tournament had it all. From some tense finishes such as India versus England and South Africa versus India, there were also some fine performances from both bat and ball. Ricky Ponting’s 104 was a…

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