Abraham Benjamin

This is the way to announce your retirement these days:

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On the banning of the #sandpaper3

Today’s sanctions, imposed on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft by Cricket Australia, are not about a botched roughing of a cricket ball. That was dealt with by the ICC the other day.

Today’s sanctions were about conspiracy. About the dishonest confession of that conspiracy. Continue reading “On the banning of the #sandpaper3”

Sydney Thunder BBL07 player assessment

Sydney Thunder are out of BBL07 following their defeat by the Melbourne Renegades on Wednesday January 24. They will finish either in sixth or seventh place with a 4-6 win-loss record in the first expanded season where each team play ten games. Continue reading “Sydney Thunder BBL07 player assessment”

Steve Smith wins the 2017-18 Midwinter-Midwinter

Australian captain Steve Smith is the winner of the Midwinter-Midwinter for 2017-18. Continue reading “Steve Smith wins the 2017-18 Midwinter-Midwinter”

Merry Ashesmas!

The biggest rivalry in cricket? Comparing The Ashes to other cricketing rivalries is like comparing Sir Donald Bradman to other batsmen. It beats everything else by a huge margin.

With about three hours till the start of the Ashes of 2017-18, both teams have their vulnerabilities. I’m predicting with some degree of confidence that Australia will regain the Ashes yet with the knowledge that fortunes could change at any time in this seven-week journey.
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Why do I love cricket?

This morning I was completing a “fan survey” commissioned by the ICC which they had publicised through their Twitter feed. Amid the feedback about the website, complaint about the lack of archival material on World Cricket League tournaments, and the likelihood they will have no idea why I referred to J.Barton King, I gave an answer to the question “Why do you love cricket”, the simplicity of which shocked even myself.

Let me repeat it here:

It is a unique sport, rich in competitiveness, diversity, heritage. It can unite people through a summer’s day and night like no other sport can.

Test cricket is not dying — the five day game still has a unique place in world sport

Test cricket deserves to survive, and will, alongside Twenty20 just as the marathon is as much a part of the athletics calendar as the 100 metres sprint.

It will never be the major money-earner of the game, that is the role of Twenty20 these days. But the advent of a functional world Test league, together with some smart scheduling including the occasional day-nighter, will reinforce the five-day game’s unique place in world sport.

My full article for iSportconnect can be seen here (free registration may be required).

A hat-trick to Rashid Khan

Afghanistan’s rising star, eighteen year-old Rashid Khan, took a hat-trick for Guyana Amazon Warriors against the Jamaica Tallawahs on September 6 2017. Here’s the hat-trick ball:


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Success of Australian cricket’s MoU set to depend on negotiation of fresh broadcast and sponsorship deals

The dispute between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) has been settled, five weeks after deadline, and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the next five years has been struck.

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The birth of a women’s IPL should not be too far away – if the BCCI has enough willpower

The 11th Women’s Cricket World Cup, the third run by the ICC, was without doubt the most successful ever. The final was one of the most thrilling of any Cricket World Cup, female or male. Continue reading “The birth of a women’s IPL should not be too far away – if the BCCI has enough willpower”