- Ant Sims
CSA concluded their AGM on Saturday with no real surprises - other than still posting a profit, despite the fact that India pulled a fast one with the incoming tour last year. There is also the promise of much, much more international cricket on home soil. ANTOINETTE MULLER picks five of the most important points.
With Michel Platini announcing he will not oppose Sepp Blatter at Fifa’s next presidential election, it looks more than likely the dictatorship will continue at the sport’s governing body. That it has slipped so far is a real shame and it doesn’t look like there is a way out any time soon. BY ANTOINETTE MULLER.
South Africa cruised to an emphatic seven-wicket win in their opening tri-series fixture against Australia on Wednesday. Faf du Plessis notched up his maiden century and AB de Villiers chipped in with a ton of his own, but the bowling, particularly at the death, left much to be desired. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
The wages of the professional football player continue to rise and, compared to historical earnings, are completely outrageous. It’s not their fault – they are part of the essence of earning revenue for one of the biggest sports in the world – but the whole scenario is only fuelling a false economy that’s impacting on smaller clubs and one of the key components of this machine: the fans. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Between insults of gay snakes, feeling uneasy because there aren’t enough “white faces” on a list of suggested players and a little bit of casual sexism, it is the response of trying to dismiss it all as “just banter” that tells you all you need to know about where football currently stands. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Cricket has grown rapidly in Rwanda over the last few years, despite the country having very limited facilities. Construction on a dedicated cricket stadium is due to begin in October after years of fundraising. The final step to make the dream a reality is a World Record attempt to play cricket on top of Kilimanjaro. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
South Africa’s women’s cricket team will embark on their first tour as professional cricketers when they travel to the UK for three T20 matches against England and three T20s against Ireland. While expectations should be kept in check, the tour can only be a good thing in the greater scheme of things. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.