A Great Story

The M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, venue for a game which marks a certain point in a story.

 

(All images are the work of Ishita Mazumder, text by Srinath Sripath. © ESPNCricinfo Ltd. http://www.thecricketmonthly.com/story/1148385/the-afghanistan-story )

 

I could post a whole load of articles on here, but you can find your own, obviously enough. Here’s a good place to start: http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/_/id/18544/afg-in-india-2018/

I only just found out that Mujeeb is the nephew of Noor Ali Zadran, one of the first Afghan cricketers I became a bit obsessed with three years ago when he was playing for The Rather Good Mis Ainak in the 4-day tournament and who also played in the match at Lord’s last July. He (Noor Ali) is the only sportsperson I follow on Facebook.

I also just found out that Mujeeb is the first Afghanistan international to have been born and brought up in Afghanistan and learned his cricket there. See this story: http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/23768104/mujeeb-ur-rahman-afghanistan-self-taught-spin-sensation . Fascinating bit about him and R Ashwin.

This page is basically the same as any other, but it’d be nice if people could focus, at least to begin with, a bit on this historic match. Anything goes, however (subject to the usual stuff), so if you want to stick up a music video go ahead, Pussy won’t mind.

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Competition!

There will be fierce competition come Friday with the CC coming up against the historic first Test match between Ireland and anyone. Well done Pakistan for coming.

I expect many cricket-lovers will want to follow the match at Malahide, and I certainly will be doing so. I’ll be following the CC as well, obvs., hoping Glorious can consolidate their mid-table Div 2 standing.

It also seems a good time to have a new page.

When Afghanistan beat India at Bengaluru next month, some people will say “But Kohli and Buvar weren’t playing!!!!”. They should watch the CC if that’s the way they see things.

I think Ireland playing Test cricket is great, wonderful and fabulous. Apart from the fact I have to find replacements for Dial M and Stirlo.

County Cricket appears on the horizon

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It would seem that there are just five days until the County Championship starts.

Dolly has stocked up on butter (“You can never have enough of it, to be honest”, she said the other day) and fantasies have been initiated out across the world.

Thermoses and anoraks have been rinsed out and dried, only to be wettened again come Friday.

The White Cat’s predictions for the season, for what they’re worth, are that Glamorgan will not be relegated and Chopper will win the Fantasy League, that Joe Clarke will prove to have been massively jinxed by Kevin Sharp, and that Sam Hain will get superhyped at some point (probably by me).

Good luck to everyone, and may the best team win (unless it’s Hampshire, Surrey or Yorkshire).

Test Cricket

 

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A really rubbish place to watch Test cricket.

About time for a new page here, and by some weird coincidence there’s what looks like a gripping Test series about to start.

It doesn’t feature no-mates England, but it does have two of the best Test sides on the planet. I know who I want to win, but you can take a different view if you really must.