Winter World Cup Ludicrous

The ludicrous decision by FIFA to award Qatar the rights to host the 2022 World Cup is looking dafter and dafter with every passing FIFA meeting, think-tank or committee charged with making this World Cup happen. It appears to be one problem after another since the Arab state was charged with hosting the largest sporting…

Why the ECB got it right with Ben Stokes

As Ben Stokes pummelled his way to a blistering 37-ball 77 on his debut for the Melbourne Renegades, the Channel Ten commentators worked themselves into fervour of unparalleled proportions. ‘Why isn’t he in the England World Cup squad, they’ll be hoping someone gets injured to let him in’ whined Damien Fleming. Of course Stokes’ innings…

Ireland’s World Cup Hope

Pushed for time today, so for Day 5 I offer a few brief thoughts on Ireland’s World Cup campaign… With just a smidge over a month to go until the start of the Cricket World Cup, most teams are now beginning to focus on the tournament in Australia and New Zealand. But some teams have…

New Zealand’s Test Resurgence

Test Cricket has been prone in the past to periods of great dominance from individual teams. The West Indies steamrolled their way through the 1980’s and then Australia barged their way to the top; all brash arrogance and bristling intensity in the 1990’s. The Australian legacy began to crumble in 2005 and was fully dismantled…

Euro 2016 Draw: Anti-Climax?

“We have 24 very good teams, so this tournament can be a success…24 teams will be as good as 16 teams.” These are the thoughts of UEFA president and deputy laughing stock (to Sepp Blatter of course!) Michel Platini, unfortunately it is a view almost universally rejected by fans and administrators across Europe. Sure, an…