ICC Governance Changes; Associate and Affiliate Cricket Podcast
Russell Degnan

A wealth of cricket to cover in this episode. Andrew Nixon (@andrewnixon79) joins Russell Degnan (@idlesummers) to catch up on the last month of events starting with the East Asia Pacific (0:20) and Americas WCL qualifiers (5:40). The Women's World Cup qualifier was played without associate success, but Ireland did make the super six (8:00). Hong Kong's fascinating matchup with Netherlands is also covered (11:40) along with Irish, UAE and Afghan ODI matches (19:42). We discuss the results of the last ICC meeting in depth, covering the governance reforms (23:10), membership (28:10) tournament structures (36:00), and player eligibility (54:15) as well as the latest on USACA and CAN (59:40). There is also news of ACC sub-regional tournaments, associate players taking opportunities elsewhere, the Hong Kong Blitz (1:02:50) and previews of the upcoming I-Cup and WCL matches, and a potential tournament in the Americas (1:05:55).

Direct Download Running Time 76min. Music from Martin Solveig, "Big in Japan"

The associate and affiliate cricket podcast is an attempt to expand coverage of associate tournaments by obtaining local knowledge of the relevant nations. If you have or intend to go to a tournament at associate level - men`s women`s, ICC, unaffiliated - then please get in touch in the comments or by email.

Idle Summers 8th March, 2017 23:15:23   [#] [0 comments] 

Desert T20 review, Women's WC Qualifier Preview
Russell Degnan

The associate and affiliate cricket podcast begins its fifth year much as it ended with Andrew Nixon (@andrewnixon79) and Russell Degnan (@idlesummers). The Desert T20 is featured (0:20) with a full wrap of the eight teams involved, and the tri-series that followed (12:50). We touch briefly on the ICC Americas team playing in the West Indies (14:40), the ICC development meeting (15:10), the WBBL (19:05). There are several previews: of the Women's ODI world cup qualifier (20:35) and the prospects for Ireland, Scotland, PNG and Thailand; of the EAP WCL qualifer (24:50); and of the WCL and I-Cup matches between Hong Kong and the Netherlands (28:45).

Direct Download Running Time 32min. Music from Martin Solveig, "Big in Japan"

The associate and affiliate cricket podcast is an attempt to expand coverage of associate tournaments by obtaining local knowledge of the relevant nations. If you have or intend to go to a tournament at associate level - men`s women`s, ICC, unaffiliated - then please get in touch in the comments or by email.

Idle Summers 13th February, 2017 22:44:00   [#] [0 comments] 

End of Year Review; Associate and Affiliate Cricket Podcast
Russell Degnan

For the now traditional end of year review, Andrew Nixon (@andrewnixon79) and Russell Degnan (@idlesummers) are joined by journalist Tim Wigmore (@timwig_cricket). We begin with various themes from the year, including the lack of associate cricket, particularly at lower levels (5:40); the gradual rise in streaming and the state of communications (10:40); and the continual leak of players away from associate cricket (15:50). We cover some "bests" of the year, including male player(s) (21:40), young male player(s) (23:45), female (25:10), team(s) (26:40) and moments (38:40). And we look forward with some optimism to next year (43:00) both for the potential changes in ICC structures, the tournaments that will conclude or be played and the ICC's strategy for promoting associate cricket (49:00). As well as that, the recent women's international T20 tournament in the UAE (0:30), along with Afghanistan's tour of the same are discussed (2:00), and there is some news from Uganda (1:00:00).

Direct Download Running Time 63min. Music from Martin Solveig, "Big in Japan"

The associate and affiliate cricket podcast is an attempt to expand coverage of associate tournaments by obtaining local knowledge of the relevant nations. If you have or intend to go to a tournament at associate level - men`s women`s, ICC, unaffiliated - then please get in touch in the comments or by email.

Idle Summers 28th December, 2016 23:09:56   [#] [0 comments] 

WCL4 Review; Associate and Affiliate Cricket Podcast
Russell Degnan

World Cricket League Division four has been played and won. Andrew Nixon (@andrewnixon79) joins Russell Degnan (@idlesummers) to discuss the successes and failures (0:36). Thailand hosted the women's Asia T20 Cup with a rare chance to match the best regional associates against the full members, albeit with mixed results (15:48). There are I-Cup and World Cricket League matches between PNG and Namibia and Hong Kong and Kenya (16:58), with the latter shaping up to be a close finish. Hong Kong and PNG also faced off in some bilateral matches (29:20), and there are several sub-regional tournaments: the East Asia Cup (30:05), the men's and women's South American Championship (33:40) and matches involving Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia (36:40). In news, there is USACA of course, and the ICC's plans for women's European qualifiers and the test championship and the retirement of Preston Mommsen (39:15). Finally, we preview the UAE International Cup (58:35).

Direct Download Running Time 60min. Music from Martin Solveig, "Big in Japan"

The associate and affiliate cricket podcast is an attempt to expand coverage of associate tournaments by obtaining local knowledge of the relevant nations. If you have or intend to go to a tournament at associate level - men`s women`s, ICC, unaffiliated - then please get in touch in the comments or by email.

Idle Summers 8th December, 2016 21:55:32   [#] [0 comments] 

England out-gunned, Pakistan out-prepared; ratings 14th September
Russell Degnan

2nd TestIndiavEngland
Pre-rating1220.61134.0
Form+12.6-8.3
Expected MarginIndia by 93 runs
Actual MarginIndia by 246 runs
Post-rating1235.71123.4

There are clear benefits to winning the toss on a pitch that will only deteriorate, but it isn't necessarily easy to force a victory. A team needs to score quickly enough to either declare or bowl the opposition out for less. Failure to capitalise in the first innings, or a collapse in the third can negate the fourth innings advantage with a routine chase. As a team India didn't play this game particularly well. Kohli scored 167 and 81, Pujara 119, and there wasn't many other batting contributions. Anderson and Broad bowled well, Rashid took wickets against the tail. But the match was won ultimately at the end of the second day when England collapsed to a run out, a poor shot, and any chance of parity was gone.

England once again batted more overs than India, which says more about their bowling than their batting. The second innings was proper trench warfare that still took in 97.3 overs, including 38 on the final day when they lost 8/71. They made India work for their win, and that bodes well for any possible come back in the series. That disparity in scoring rate makes a huge difference to their respective abilities to win matches however, with England much more likely to draw than win.

The only significant issue for England is Duckett, whose clearly lacking some combination of form and technique. The rest of the middle order have had their moments in this series, and ultimately the issue is probably not the selection but the quality of the Indian spin bowling over England's and the batting of Kohli, Pujara and Rahane. On the one hand that is an easily and often over-turned margin. On the other, they need a player to score big, or a collapse to do so. Right now, the odds are definitely favouring India for both those events.


1st TestNew ZealandvPakistan
Pre-rating1009.21139.1
Form-18.7-10.1
Expected MarginPakistan by 15 runs
Actual MarginNew Zealand by 8 wickets
Post-rating1017.31128.0

The scorecard probably understates the closeness of this match, and the difficulties New Zealand overcame in chasing down 108 in the last innings. Historically, scores that low are not chased very very rarely. But historically, the first three innings scoring only 500 odd runs is quite rare too. Williamson's 61 off 77 balls was not only the highest score of the match, but done at a pace that prevented any tension from arising. Raval's 55 and 37 not out in support were also impressive from a player on debut. The other debut from de Grandhomme was similarly successful with 6/41 in the first innings. With support from Boult, Southee and Wagner, and sprinklings of runs from most parties New Zealand were comfortable winners.

Nevertheless, Pakistan's ability to find the edge (if not always a safe fielder) means that they are always a good chance. Their batting was better in England, but a two-test series and little preparation makes tuning it a little difficult. It wouldn't be a surprise if the second test was closer, and New Zealand will need to improve their own batting to win again.


Rankings at 23rd November 2016
1.India1220.6
2.South Africa1151.9
3.Australia1144.9
4.Pakistan1128.0
5.England1123.4
6.New Zealand1017.3
7.Sri Lanka1000.6
8.West Indies831.6
9.Bangladesh656.4
12.Zimbabwe512.0

10.Ireland628.1
11.Afghanistan622.9
13.Scotland396.1
14.Kenya276.4
15.Namibia273.9
16.Papua New Guinea249.9
17.U.A.E.225.9
18.Hong Kong217.0
19.Netherlands179.0
20.Canada147.9

Shaded teams have played fewer than 2 games per season. Non-test team ratings are not comparable to test ratings as they don`t play each other.

Idle Summers 24th November, 2016 19:54:06   [#] [0 comments]