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.

Cricket - Associate - Podcast 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.

Cricket - Associate - Podcast 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.

Cricket - Associate - Podcast 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.

Cricket - Associate - Podcast 8th December, 2016 21:55:32   [#] [0 comments] 

WCL4 Preview; Associate and Affiliate Cricket Podcast
Russell Degnan

After a short hiatus Andrew Nixon (@andrewnixon79) joins Russell Degnan (@idlesummers) to discuss some recent tournaments and preview World Cricket League division four. But first, they look at the almost concluded Asian women's world cup qualifiers won by Thailand (0:20), the tours of Afghanistan to Bangladesh (5:20) and Ireland to South Africa (7:10), the Africa T20 Cup (11:07) and tournaments in Namibia and Kenya (12:25), and Division two under 19 World Cup Qualifiers in Africa and Asia (16:43). The ICC had their October meeting in Cape Town which led to a number of outcomes for associate cricket and some unsurprising non-decisions (22:20) and USACA do what USACA does best (32:40). There ia an extensive preview of WCL4 (37:33), and the final matches in this round of the Intercontinental Cup and WCL championship (48:12).

Direct Download Running Time 46min. 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.

Cricket - Associate - Podcast 18th October, 2016 00:14:32   [#] [0 comments] 

Germany in Europe Division Two with Brian Mantle; Associate and Affiliate Cricket Podcast
Russell Degnan

In another Europe-heavy episode, German Cricket Federation CEO Brian Mantle joins Andrew Nixon (@andrewnixon79) to discuss their victory in European Division Two (11:30), rapid development and structural changes, and his hopes for men's and women's cricket. There is also WCLC to catch up on with Russell Degnan (@idlesummers) including Netherlands-Nepal (0:20) and Scotland-UAE (3:05). Ireland's woes against full-members continued against Pakistan (27:35), and we look at the Jersey-Guernsey inter-insular (31:40) and Singapore-Malaysia Saudari Cup (32:55). In news, there is news about the Asian Cricket Council, the expansion of the Hong Kong blitz, Afghanistan's tour of Bangladesh, and women's cricket in the USA (34:35). Finally, there are previews of Ireland's Intercontinental Cup match with Hong Kong (41:40) and their women's matches against Bangladesh (44:05).

Direct Download Running Time 46min. 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.

Cricket - Associate - Podcast 31st August, 2016 00:01:32   [#] [0 comments] 

European Cricket with Tim Brooks; Associate and Affiliate Cricket Podcast
Russell Degnan

Associate cricket writer Tim Brooks (@cricketatlas) makes a return to the show to discuss his forthcoming book "Cricket on the Continent" on the development and future of cricket in Continental Europe (21:30). Andrew Nixon (@andrewnixon79) joins Russell Degnan (@idlesummers) to discuss a wide range of cricket occuring in Europe. There are reviews of Afghanistan's victory over Netherlands in the I-Cup (0:32) and their tour of Ireland (4:28); the women's world cup qualifiers in EAP (9:00) and Europe (10:35); and the women's European tournament won by France (11:40); the Irish women's matches against South Africa (14:20); the U-19 divison 2 European World Cup qualifiers (16:30); a European U-15 tournament in Guernsey (18:10); and the Nordic-Baltic Cup in Finland (20:15). Some news from Spain regarding the La Manga facility (46:45), the CPL and US cricket (47:30) and on the Olympics (52:00) and the ICC Test championship (55:10). Finally we review the forthcoming WCL matches between Netherlands and Nepal (57:45) and Scotland and UAE, Ireland's matches against Pakistan (60:50), and the European Division Two T20 tournament (62:15).

Direct Download Running Time 64min. 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.

Cricket - Associate - Podcast 14th August, 2016 20:51:05   [#] [0 comments] 

WCL5 and ICC Annual Meeting; Associate and Affiliate Cricket Podcast
Russell Degnan

After an extended break, Andrew Nixon (@andrewnixon79) joins Russell Degnan (@idlesummers) to discuss World Cricket League Division 5 (0:20) including interviews with Neil MacRae, Anthony Hawkins-Kay and Ben Kynman. Also reviewed are Ireland's matches against Sri Lanka (15:49), PNG's victories over Kenya in the WCLC (19:13) as well as various tournaments on the European continent (22:53) and in Africa. There is news of coaching appointments (25:21), the Ireland annual conference (28:45), the possible ramifications of Brexit (29:51), the return of USACA shenanigans (37:02) and a SACA-China partnership. The ICC conference had few tangible outcomes but we discuss them at length (42:10). Finally, there are previews of the women's qualifiers in Europe and EAP and Afghanistan's tour of Scotland and Ireland (59:20).

Direct Download Running Time 64min. 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.

Cricket - Associate - Podcast 7th July, 2016 00:05:59   [#] [0 comments] 

ICC governance with Tim Anderson; Associate and Affiliate Cricket Podcast
Russell Degnan

In this episode, Russell Degnan (@idlesummers) interviews Tim Anderson, Head of Global Development at the ICC, on a range of topics: reform of the WT20 qualifying process and affiliate cricket (11:10), the changes to World Cricket League, and restructure of regional pathways (24:02), the ascension of Ireland and Afghanistan and present focus on greater context for full member cricket (29:06), global tournaments, opportunity and status (35:00), changes to the funding scorecard (41:29), women's cricket (44:12), member suspensions and governance (47:32), changes to regional development programs (53:29), streaming and promotion of associate cricket (55:37), match fixing (58:58), Tim's legacy, USA, China and the Olympics (1:01:12). As always, Andrew Nixon (@andrewnixon79) is along to discuss news from Germany, Hong Kong, Rwanda, and the ICC (0:06), and to preview World Cricket League division five (1:13:48) and PNG vs Kenya (1:16:49)

Direct Download Running Time 79min. 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.

Cricket - Associate - Podcast 20th May, 2016 01:13:50   [#] [0 comments] 

Africe Div 2, women's qualifier and ICC meeting; Associate and Affiliate Cricket Podcast
Russell Degnan

Africa played host to two tournaments this month, with the men's division two (8:01) and the women's T20 and/or World Cup qualifier (10:49) being played. Andrew Nixon (@andrewnixon79) joins Russell Degnan (@idlesummers) to discuss them. Namibia played both Afghanistan (0:30), in the I-Cup, and Nepal (3:40) in the WCLC. In news, we mark the passing of the inspirational Tony Munro, editor of Beyond the Test World (16:29) before moving on to development matters. Amongst several issues covered are: women's development, particularly in Afghanistan (13:40); match-fixing at associate level (18:20); Nepal's suspension by the ICC (21:00); the complexities of having an independent chairman (24:10); ongoing discussions about context and structure (25:30); the ODI fund for Ireland and Afghanistan (28:50); and the Hong Kong blitz and their new sources of funding (39:35). And as usual there is bits of news from Italy, Germany, UAE, Kenya, Afghanistan, the Americas and Asia.

Direct Download Running Time 45min. 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.

Cricket - Associate - Podcast 4th May, 2016 23:28:17   [#] [0 comments] 

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