- Ant Sims
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.
Tokelo Rantie begins a new season with Bournemouth on the weekend. After becoming the club’s record signing last year, he has not sparkled quite as many had hoped. Many of those struggles were due to personal issues, but with the pressure now somewhat relieved, a fresh start comes with a new season. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
England and India’s women’s cricketers will contest a Test match beginning next week. But the choice of venue and the cost of access is making it feel like a niche sport, out of reach of ordinary people. An opportunity to introduce average cricket fans to the women’s game is being completely squandered. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
South Africa faces a tough challenge under pressure against Sri Lanka when the two sides square off in the second Test in Colombo. The weather is looking pretty grim and the last time South Africa played here, it looked like Sri Lanka were never going to stop batting. ANTOINETTE MULLER picks five key battles.