Victory by two runs in the Greatest Afro-Asian ODI Ever

Players came together to celebrate wickets in the same manner that accountants gather to discuss a book-keeping oddity and the tiny band of Indian supporters waving their national flag allowed it to droop in confusion when Shahid Afridi and Kumar Sangakkara teamed up to dismiss Nicky Boje.

– Neil Manthorp, CricInfo, 17.8.05

If it finishes with a winning margin of two runs then it must be The Greatest Game Ever. Right? Wrong. Continue reading “Victory by two runs in the Greatest Afro-Asian ODI Ever”

Real Midwinter cricket as Africa meets Asia

While the Asian XI appeared overjoyed about playing with each other, the South African team that charitably took in two Kenyans to give an all-Africa feel to the outfit, behaved like they were on a long-overdue trip to the dentist.

– Ranajit Dam, CricInfo, 17.8.05

It’s a Wednesday in the middle of winter in Centurion. So why aren’t the South African fans thronging in their thousands to see the latest figment of Jagmohan Dalmiya’s cash register… er, imagination? Continue reading “Real Midwinter cricket as Africa meets Asia”