As the two-match ODI series between Ireland and Sri Lanka gets underway today, it would be interesting to note the similarities between the cricketing stories of the two nations. Both the Emerald Isles took off rapidly after modest beginnings on the cricket scene. Sri Lanka’s ascent to the top tier of international cricket […]Read More Viewpoint – Sri Lanka’s journey an inspiration for Ireland
The eighth edition of the Rugby World Cup is underway, having kicked off at the iconic Twickenham stadium on 18th September. The tournament will go on for six weeks and will feature 48 matches to be played in England and Wales. As has been the case since 2003, 20 nations divided into four […]Read More Viewpoint – Cricket would do well to take a few lessons from rugby
With the utterly callous decision of reducing the number of teams to just ten in the 2019 World Cup finalised, it is now or never for the Associate nations to show what they are capable of. It is time for them to give a performance so strong that it mortifies the ICC and sparks […]Read More VIEWPOINT – Time to get our World Cup back
For the second time in less than a year, the Basin Reserve was witness to an astounding fightback by a tenacious New Zealand side. Finding themselves in another backs-to-the-wall situation, the Black Caps produced one of the best performances in their history to win the series against Sri Lanka. Last February, captain Brendon […]Read More VIEWPOINT – Wellington victory exhibits Black Caps’ new-found resolve
Ireland have named their 15-man squad for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand next month. The squad will be the same as the one which is currently in the United Arab Emirates for a triangular series with Afghanistan and Scotland. A look at the squad […]Read More VIEWPOINT – Ireland can pack a serious punch Down Under
“As the ICC has increased the number of T20 Internationals that countries can play against each other, the number of two-Test series are becoming more common, which I would rather not happen at all because they are a nothingness of a nothing”. This is what the great former Indian batsman Rahul Dravid said […]Read More VIEWPOINT – Is there a bigger dampener than a two-Test series?
It is quite a shame that Australia and New Zealand have played each other in only 52 Test matches since the inaugural one-off Test at Wellington in 1945-46. Despite their healthy rivalry, Test match fixtures between the two nations have been disappointingly infrequent. That Test in 1945-46 played a part in Australia refusing […]Read More VIEWPOINT – Time to revive the trans-Tasman rivalry