Review of a Second Year of the Big Bash League

A year ago, I gave my impressions for iSportconnect of the first year of Australian cricket’s franchise-based Twenty20 competition the Big Bash League. With the second season completed, won by the Brisbane Heat, I felt it time to revisit the tournament’s progress. Continue reading “Review of a Second Year of the Big Bash League”

The Big Bash, And Juggling Cricket’s Three Formats

What started as a midsummer diversion in the English cricket season of 2003 became a multi-million dollar enterprise in India in 2008, and now almost every Test playing nation has its own professional Twenty20 competition, squeezed into their domestic program.

The 2011-12 season saw the transformation of Australia’s state-based “Big Bash” competition into the franchise-based Big Bash League. Continue reading “The Big Bash, And Juggling Cricket’s Three Formats”

Stanford’s spectacular turns to vaporware

Allen Stanford’s multi-million dollar 20/20 extravaganza has become the latest entrant to the Pantheon of Cricket Vaporware – those would-be cash cows that disappear after, if they’re lucky, one outing, or if they’re unlucky – none.

The Stanford 20/20 Super Star match, set down between West Indies and South Africa for November 10 with a winner take-all purse of €3.9 million, has been cancelled. The reason will shock you, so sit down.

It clashes with an official ICC fixture. The West Indies start a Test match at Lahore less than 24 hours after the scheduled date of Allen Stanford’s brainchild.

I’ll defer to Caribbeancricket.com for analysis of the reasons and impact of the cancellation. Five million smackers for a twenty over-a-side slugfest sounds ridiculously obscene, and hopefully the lad from Texas will do something more constructive and less flashy next time… and I reckon there will be a next time.
Oh, the mention of vaporware reminds me to check out www.i2020cc.com for any updates…

Enjoyable claptrap, but you knew that

New South Wales v Queensland, Big Bash Trophy
North Sydney Oval, 8 January 2006
Queensland 167ao (17.3), NSW 5/168 (18)
New South Wales won by 5 wickets with 12 balls to spare
Scorecard

I attended my first Twenty20 game yesterday. While I won’t be hanging out for the second, there are plenty who will. And that’s a good thing. Continue reading “Enjoyable claptrap, but you knew that”

Great farces of our time: the bowl-out

Surrey have enjoyed making heavy weather of their victories lately. Monday night’s quarter-final in the 20-over comp came down to a Duckworth-Lewis tie (Duckworth-Lewis tie in a 20 over game? sheesh). But instead of doing the obvious – five overs each way of extra time, and if it’s a draw come back Wednesday morning for the replay – they went for the next most obvious tie-breaker, the penalty shootout… er, the bowl-out.
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Dee-fence Surrey, dee-fence!

I haven’t ranted much about Surrey on these pages for a while. Their performances in their last seven days – played over ever-decreasing durations – do not leave me with any great feelings of joy.
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England v Australia Pyjama Cricket Lite

Let this be the first and last time I use the buzzword “Twenty20” to describe what is nothing more than glorified 20 overs a side tippety-run like we used to play at school. Continue reading “England v Australia Pyjama Cricket Lite”

Pakistan wins first 20-overs-a-side international

Pakistan has beaten New Zealand by five runs in the first 20-overs-a-side international at the Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad.

It happened on November 23, 1984. Bad weather delayed the start of the game, which was set at twenty overs for each team when it finally got under way. Pakistan made 157 for 5, New Zealand were held to 152 for 7.

Despite Mudassar Nazar’s four-over haul of 4/27, it was Saleem Malik (41 from 40 balls) who was named Man of the Match. See the scorecard for further details.

There were no silly names like “Twenty20” in those days. Remember this as New Zealand faces Australia for its second 20-overs international in two decades tomorrow at Eden Park.

England, New Zealand to play Twenty20 international

In 1973, the women were first with a cricket world cup, and in 2004 they will be first with a Twenty20 cricket international. Continue reading “England, New Zealand to play Twenty20 international”