One of the perils of making a career as a global sporting administrator is that for all its generous remuneration, it can be a fairly humdrum existence. The air-conditioned airport lounges and executive boardrooms all begin to blend into each other after a while. The coffee tastes the same whether you’re in Dubai, Dublin or Durban. The key stakeholder meetings, the furtive politicking, the constant fire-fighting, the pervading scent of the next scandal lurking just around the corner, the concordant and unanimous view of every fan in the game that you are a complete and utter dunce. Every so often, though, you can escape the treadmill. And for Dave Richardson, the flawed, frustrated but essentially well-meaning chief executive of the International Cricket Council, that escape happens to be a trendy bar in Shoreditch, east London, where dozens of kids from around England are celebrating the one-year countdown to the 2019 World Cup by playing some street cricket. Young shrieks … [Read more...] about With the World Cup one year away, Dave Richardson talks fixing, doping and why cricket doesn’t need another format
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The standout player of the Women’s Cricket World Cup hopes England’s triumph can be a “breakthrough moment” for women’s sport. Tamsin Beaumont was speaking after receiving an MBE for her services to cricket from the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace on Friday. The 26-year-old, the player of the 2017 tournament in which England beat India in a thrilling final, said she was “speechless” at even being considered for the honour. She told the Press Association: “We’re massively hoping it can be a breakthrough moment for women’s cricket and women’s sport. “Participation and professionalism within the game can really take off from this moment in this country. “I’d love for every young girl to pick up a cricket bat, but if they take to netball, hockey, or even football it’s only good for them and for 50% of the nation – as well as the men who seem to have a lot of access to it … [Read more...] about England star cricketer hopes world cup triumph can inspire girls
SOMERSET star Anya Shrubsole has made history by becoming the first woman to be featured on the cover of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. The Bath-born seamer, who has represented Somerset Women since making her debut as a 12-year-old in 2004 and has been an England international for the past decade, shot to prominence during last summer’s Women’s World Cup and saved her best for the final. In front of a sold out Lord’s crowd, Shrubsole took 6-46 to turn the game on its head as England defeated India by nine runs to lift the trophy. She also played a key role in the Western Storm side which won the Kia Super League, defeating Southern Vipers in the final at Hove. Shrubsole was awarded an MBE and nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year as a result of her efforts, with this latest acknowledgement further testament to her impact over the past 12 months. Wisden editor Lawrence Booth said: “Anya Shrubsole was a natural for this year’s … [Read more...] about CRICKET: Somerset’s Shrubsole ‘honoured and privileged’ to become first woman on Wisden cover
Former Manchester United manager defender clarifies his comments of 2012 which stirs new controvery 0SHARES Share Tweet Email PHOTO COURTESY: GETTY IMAGES No sooner had Phil Neville been appointed the new head coach of the England women’s team on Tuesday than he found himself facing flak for “sexist” Tweets. A message from Neville’s long-standing Twitter handle @fizzer18 on December 3 July 2012, said: “U women of (sic) always wanted equality until it comes to paying the bills #hypocrites”. Another that same year had the former Manchester United, Everton and England defender appearing to say: “Morning men couple of hours cricket be4 (before) work sets me up nicely for the day.” Mourinho claims £300m not enough to win league Asked why he’d only referred to men in his message, a reply on the account of Neville, — an ex-England schoolboy cricketer — said: “When I said … [Read more...] about England women’s coach Neville in ‘sexist’ tweet row
ON THIS DAY 1944: Former world heavyweight champion Joe Frazier, best remembered for fighting Muhammad Ali in 1971's 'Fight of the Century' and 1975's 'Thrilla in Manila', was born. 1959: Heavyweight boxer Henry Cooper won his first British title, beating Brian London over 15 rounds. 1996: Cricket umpire Harold 'Dickie' Bird announced he would retire after the second Test against India at Lord's in June. 2001: Former Great Britain international Bobbie Goulding joined his sixth professional club, agreeing a two-year deal with Salford. 2006: Luton manager Mike Newell claimed that offers of illegal payments were still rife in football. Newell was interviewed by the Football Association and his claims in part led to the Lord Stevens inquiry into transfer payments. 2009: Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo won FIFA's World Player of the Year award. 2010: Liverpool announced that Tom Hicks Jr had resigned as a director of the club and its parent company. 2012: Former Essex player Mervyn … [Read more...] about On this day, January 12, 1944: world heavyweight champion Joe ‘Smokin’ Joe’ Frazier was born.