- Reuters Sportsdesk
The South African cricket team are off to Bangladesh for a whistle-stop tour consisting of two T20s, three ODIs and two Tests. A resurgent and motivated Bangladesh will offer a stern challenge for South Africa. Another challenge is the continued battle to transform the team and while the Test and one-day side continue to lag behind, there’s some real promise in the T20 squad. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Jordan Spieth is fast-becoming golf’s new golden boy, a nickname he personally dislikes. But along with his Midas touch also comes the potential for a fascinating rivalry between him and another golden boy, Rory McIlroy. When the British Open rolls around, this duel will be fascinating to watch. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
FICA’s inaugural Player Health, Safety and Security Report was published on Wednesday and it identified mental health issues as a “critical risk”. Cricketers being prone to depression has been a well-known fact for a long time, but it’s about time somebody recognised that more support is needed to overcome the stigma. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Chuck Blazer, the man who liked to play along with his uncanny resemblance to Santa Claus, went from being an unemployed soccer dad to one of the most powerful, richest and most corrupt men in world football. In a series of short profiles on those involved in the scandal, ANTOINETTE MULLER looks at how Chuck Blazer became “Mr. Ten Percent”.
The lunacy that is the current Fifa scandal continues to roll on, and every day brings new and exciting delights coupled with complete disbelief. In today’s edition: The Irish FA admit to taking money from Fifa to shut up about Thierry Henry’s handball and Jack Warner pays for a political broadcast to promise an “avalanche”. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Although we all have our suspicions, we still don’t know the identity of co-conspirator 15 and 16 – the high-ranking South African officials who were fingered in the ever-growing FIFA corruption scandal. What we do know is that at least two people in government or the South African Football Association are very nervous indeed, and with good reason. By SIMON ALLISON.
Despite being defiant just four days ago, Sepp Blatter has announced that he will stand down as FIFA president. This comes in the wake of a spiral of arrests and allegations. At the centre of these allegations seems to be South Africa’s alleged involvement in buying votes for the 2010 World Cup. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Zimbabwe’s tour to Pakistan, the first Test playing team to visit the country since a deadly terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009, is the foundation of what could be a watershed moment for the future of cricket in Pakistan. That watershed might take some time to arrive, but so far, so good. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.