As a quarantined Ireland side celebrate another famous win over England, the boys review the ODI series (01:50), then discuss the recently-released FICA report surveying professional cricketers (06:50). We hear from Mary Maina, the programmes manager at Rwandan cricket charity Cricket Builds Hope (12:35). Finally, we hear the second half of our interview with Matt Featherstone, president at Cricket Brasil. He talks about the ICC's Criiio project and Brazil's cricket-related street sport, taco (19:05), playing numbers and structures in Brazilian cricket (23:16), facilities and pitches (29:50), as well as his role at the ICC as global representative for non-voting members (32:45). And of course we learn which laws of the game he'd like to see changed (43:47).
This week's pod celebrates 6 stories from around the cricketing world, as the ICC announced its annual development awards (3:00). The boys discuss gongs awarded to Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Japan, Namibia, Finland, and Thailand, as well as taking a quick look at the rain-affected Japan Premier League (15:05). Then it's a news roundup (16:22), and Cricket Brazil's Matt Featherstone (17:36) joins the show. The interview covers a range of topics, including the origins of cricket development (19:50), their famous black t-shirts programme (24:40), the women's team (28:25), the potential benefits of Olympic participation (33:00), the challenges of growing into a mainstream sport (43:00), and cricket's unique language and culture translates to the Brazilian context.
Tim, Nick and Bes return to react to the news of the T20 World Cup (02:10), among other ramifications in the global game as we still battle a pandemic. The boys take a look at two more South Africans signed to deals in the USA (09:15), before Bes wraps news (17:25) with updates from Rod Lyall and Craig White. Following that Tim and Nick talk to Jarrod Kimber (21:50) in part two of their chat!
Our picks of Jarrod's best articles:
The Shahid Afridi of Kansas: Mohebullah Archiwal's story of how cricket took him from war-torn Afghanistan to middle America (2017):
Emma Lai Walks on the grass: The story of the cricket-club waitress who was playing for her national team within a year of picking up a bat for the first time (2017):
Borren's Boys: A profile on the Dutch captain completed after his team's fighting win over Hong Kong (2017):
Wild Thing: Shaun Tait bowled to the left, he bowled to the right, and nearly a decade ago, he bowled a frightening spell with all his might (2015):
Point fielders with gloves: Wicketkeepers are batting better than ever before, but it's time for them to go back to what they were best at (2015):
The master of Mombasa: From a small city in a cricketing backwater emerged Aasif Karim, a taker of big wickets (2015):
Sreesanth: the story of a fall: How the clown prince of Indian cricket is fighting his way back after a jail sentence and a ban for spot-fixing (2019):
This week's episode starts with a news round-up from Bes, and we hear from Isaac Lockett (02:40), who wraps the recently concluded Zambia T10 league. Jarrod Kimber joins us for the first half of our two-part interview (05:30), with a freewheeling chat covering the CPL draft (06:20), the difficulties for emerging cricketers in trying to get the attention of T20 leagues (9:00), his time with Scotland as an analyst (28:50), and a discussion on the technical approach to wicketkeeping and left-arm spin (34:15).
Special thanks to Jarrod for joining us on the pod, you can support him via Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=32090121
The boys discuss Sandeep Lamichhane's CPL pay-day and ICC Americas struggles (3:30), before looking at other events around the world. Bes wraps news (23:00), before Freddie Klokker joins the team again in part two of his chat (25:00).
On the podcast this week we catch up with Part 1 of our chat with Freddie Klokker ranging in discussion from his county days and his 20-year national team career, to the development of the next generation of Danish talent. We also catch up on news from Europe, Africa and Australia!
BONUS: The ICC has an Associate as Chair! We chat with Tim Cutler on #ECLive about what this means for world cricket
The ICC has new Chairperson - and for the first time ever, they come from an Associate!
Imran Khawaja was elected as the first Deputy Chair of the ICC in 2017 after the position was created as a result of a raft of governance reforms, and he now steps into the role on an interim basis leading into elections for Shashank Manohar's replacement.
Representing Singapore, and one of three Associate Member Directors on the ICC Board, Khawaja has also been reported as considering making a run for the top job.
What does this mean for world cricket? Bes and Tim discussed it during #ECLive on Facebook.
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Cricket is flying in Europe with action in the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Denmark and Cyprus! We catch up on news from PNG and we sit down with author Tim Brooks to discuss issues in the emerging game and his new book
We caught up with Namibian skipper Gerhard Erasmus on the EC Live Show (live every Thursday) to chat about their plans in the wake of Covid, their dream 2019 and the growth of the game in the country.
We caught up with ECL Founder Daniel Weston on the EC Live Show last Thursday to discuss projects running on the continent!