“If your partner’s father dies and you say ‘everyone dies’ then you’re correct but not very sensitive to the moment.” In recent weeks Faf du Plessis and Graeme Smith have spoken about this being a time to listen to grievances, to understand and try to be empathetic. Both subsequently spoke about their desire to do […]
The news that acting Cricket South Africa CEO, Jacques Faul, will be stepping down from the role on September 15 will come as a bitter blow to those hoping for a continuation of the stability and progress he had started to bring to the game since taking over seven months ago.He had hoped to continue in the role but […]
Professional cricketers are required to undergo educational training about match-fixing and sign a contractually-binding pledge to report any approaches from book-makers or fixers which may compromise them or their team-mates. Failure to report approaches, or knowledge of match-fixing amongst team-mates or even the opposition, can result in the same punishment as complicit involvement. Why isn’t […]
When AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn were selected to make their Test debuts together on December 17th, 2004, they had played just 13 and 11 first-class matches. It is extraordinarily rare for a player to rise so quickly to the highest stage, not so much rising through the ranks as skipping them altogether. At […]
The explosion of creativity in sport and the arts during Lockdown has been remarkable and uplifting to see, at least for the first couple of months when it was spontaneous and inspired by a desire to entertain and, in some cases, be seen. It has become a little more forced these days and, in some cases, motivated by concern about […]
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