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Their First Test Encounter: When Irish Eyes are Gleaming

May 13, 2018

Jarrod Kimber, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, 11 May 2018, where the title is

Michael Halliday, the former Ireland captain, has a broken pub roof tile on his mantelpiece. It is signed by Imran Khan. Because it was Imran who hit him out of Pagham Cricket ground when playing for Sussex against Ireland in 1977. Imran Khan made a hundred that day.

 

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When Afghanistan and Ireland gained Test Status in Cricket in Mid-2017. Hurrah!

May 13, 2018

BBC, June 2017 where the title reads “Ireland & Afghanistan awarded Test status by International Cricket Council”

Ireland and Afghanistan have been granted Test status by the International Cricket Council. It increases the number of countries competing at the top level of international cricket to 12. They are the first admissions since Bangladesh gained Test status in 2000.

The two countries, who already have one-day and Twenty20 international status, have enjoyed notable successes against Test-playing nations in global competitions in recent years. Ireland, who are 12th in the ICC one-day rankings, beat England in the 2011 World Cup, four years after a shock victory over Pakistan in the same competition. Afghanistan, currently 10th in the rankings, drew an ODI series with T20 world champions West Indies this month.

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Sustaining Honour in Cricket: The Soul of English Cricket

May 13, 2018

John Barclay, courtesy of The Telegraph, 4 May 2018, where the title runs How John Arlott and EW Swanton fought to keep cricket honourable”

John Arlott and E W Swanton, with their instantly recognisable voices and incisive prose, defined English cricket commentary in the second half of the 20th century. Their place in cricketing history has already been cemented by comprehensive biographies, which makes Stephen Fay and David Kynaston’s decision to embark on this joint study seem, initially, an odd one. The result, however, is one of the best pieces of cricket writing of recent years, a book that is as much about politics and social change as it is about the men themselves. It is the tale of an age in which British identity – and the sport that defined it – changed for good.

John Arlott commentating in the late Forties CREDIT: COURTESY OF BOUNDARY BOOKS2 May 2018

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Herbie Felsinger as Cricketer and Cricket Umpire

May 7, 2018

Sa’adi Thawfeeq in The Nation, 25 April 2018

Herbie Felsinger was a legend among local cricket umpires. Umpires of his genre are few and far between today in an ever changing world. “I feel we did a better job than the present umpires because when they have a doubt they always go to third umpire. In our time if we gave out that’s it, the batsman went. If the ball pitches within the sticks and if it doesn’t’ vary much and the batsman misses, it’s out,” said Felsinger. The standard of Sri Lankan umpires in Felsinger’s opinion is ‘below standard’. Sri Lanka umpiring standards have gone down from what it was during our time. The reason is more money. Umpires are always thinking of money not the game. They are keener to finish the match early and get the money.”

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Dhanasiri Weerasinghe enters the Fray: Stormy Currents in Ceylon Cricket in the 1960s

May 6, 2018

Sa’adi Thawfeeq, in Daily News 21 April 2018, where the title is “The cricket tour that never took place but changed national selection policy” …. AND where Thawfeeq’s sub-title line runs thus:Dhanasiri Weerasinghe a key figure in the controversy spills the beans after 50 years

It is fifty years since Sri Lanka first attempted a full cricket tour of England, that failed to materialize for several reasons. Many are of the view had that tour taken place in the summer of 1968, Sri Lanka would not have to wait to gain Test status for as long as 1981 but become a full member of the ICC much earlier.

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Packer vs the ACB: Haigh’s Revelations

May 5, 2018

Daniel Brettig, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, … http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/23408427/story-gideon-haigh-story-packer-affair .. where the title reads “The story behind the story of the Packer affair”

In his acknowledgements for the first edition of The Cricket WarGideon Haigh admitted that “the person who wrote this book was not easy to like”. While he was talking mainly from the point of view of those who would help him put together this landmark chronicle of the World Series Cricket split, its origins and aftermath, there were many in Australian cricket at the time who chose not to like Haigh, or his book idea, in a manner that was both frustrating for the author and telling about the times in which he embarked on the task.

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Langer anointed as the LORD SAVIOUR of Australian Cricket

May 4, 2018

Those privileged to watch the TV media presentation of Justin LANGER as Australian coach with great fanfare would be excused if they recoiled at the double-speak indulged in by this new “Saviour” of the Mighty Aussies — just a few days after we heard the poignant “Last Post ” marking the reflective moments of death in war and  the  role of martyrdom in the foundation of Australianness and the Australian nation. 

Pi from AAP

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