Huge week in the emerging game! Bes and Nick tackle stories from all over the world, with a Europe T20WC Qualifier beginning, Thailand on tour, changes to the U19 Cricket World Cup, and a number of Associate players making waves across cricket's domestic leagues!
Full episode on Patreon! Nick speaks to EC's Netherlands correspondent Rod Lyall about the weekend's upcoming action at the pointy end of the Dutch domestic season. There's the T20 semis and grand final, as well Topklasse semi-finals - though a cloud hangs over the Topklasse matches with some acrimonious drama over an alleged incident of racial abuse on the field.
The boys run the magnifying glass over the First Round T20WC groups (and the finishing spot technicalities), before discussing Namibia's chances after obliterating a Zimbabwean Emerging Team at home.
Bes wraps the news before Nick sits down with Tristan Lavalette of Forbes to discuss ICC politics.
As the Olympics draws to a close, the ICC has put forward its bid to be included in all the fun, and Bes, Nick and Tim discuss its chances. The boys look at Thailand's bold bid to qualify for the upcoming World Cup, wrap news, plus hear again from Germany all-rounder Anuradha Doddaballapur!
With Bes again putting in the long hours with Olympics coverage, Tim and Nick return to discuss results from the recent women's T20 series between Ireland and the Netherlands, and from Bermuda's annual 2-day Cup Match festival. There's also a look back on the career of the retiring Paras Khadka, the cornerstone of Nepali cricket for the better part of two decades. Then, it's a news update and Nishadh Rego joins Nick for the first half of our interview with the German women's captain, Anuradha Doddaballapur.
With Bes again taken up with Olympics coverage, the Tim and Nick double act continues as they discuss this week’s news from the emerging world - Aizaz Khan of Hong Kong is in legal trouble, Sandeep Lamichhane is stopped from competing the Hundred by visa issues, and Belgium’s men defeat Austria 2-1 in a T20I series. Then it’s part 2 of Nick and Nate Hays’ interview with USA women’s coach Julia Price.
This week, with Bes away on Olympics duty, Tim and Nick meet to discuss a big story - three new members as we welcome Switzerland, Tajikistan and Mongolia into the ICC family! They also chat about the implications of the rearranged qualifying groups for the upcoming T20 World Cup, before Nick is joined by USA correspondent Nate Hays to interview Julia Price, the USA women's coach, about all thing women's cricket in the States.
Ireland sink South Africa, Germany on a World Record trail, Penalty Run controversy, ICC meetings and Major League Cricket news
Ahead of the 3rd ODI between Ireland and South Africa Nick and Bes critique Ireland's home success over South Africa, as they try and work out how many points would be needed for automatic World Cup qualification. The pair wrap Germany's women's series win over France (reaching 14 consecutive T20I wins in the process), discuss the penalty run incident in Malta in their men's series with Belgium, and discuss news from ICC land and Major League Cricket!
Can an Associate host an ICC global event? Plus pitch innovation, income streams and Associate governance with Mark Stafford
Upon hearing of SIX Associate Members and Ireland stepping forward to bid for global events, Nick, Tim and Bes discuss the likelihood of emerging markets hosting tournaments, before Tim steps out to let the other two chat to Vanuatu Cricket President Mark Stafford to discuss pitch innovations, the keys to making money as an Associate, and his plans through the ICC Chief Executive Committee.
With official news of the World Cup moving, we discuss the ramifications for the competing teams and the potential advantage for Oman, before discussing everyone's favourite AM cricketer Pavel Florin and his exploits at the Sofia T20, before Nick and Bes chat to Vanuatu Cricket Association President Mark Stafford, THIRTY years into his tenure.