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Associate and Affiliate Cricket Podcast

The associate and affiliate podcast is an attempt to expand coverage of associate tournaments by obtaining local knowledge of the relevant nations. If you have or intend to go to a tournament at associate level - men's women's, ICC, unaffiliated - then please get in touch in the comments or by email.

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Ep86: ICC competition reform with Tim Cutler

The ICC's major reforms to associate playing competitions have been released and former Cricket Hong Kong CEO Tim Cutler (@timcutler) joins Andrew Nixon (@andrewnixon79) joins Russell Degnan (@idlesummers) to discuss that and various other issues. The World T20 sub-regional tournaments contineu and we look back at the Asia East (0:20) and Africa Southern tournaments (4:30) which had a few surprises and almost a major upset, and China and South Korea joined the growing list of teams with official women's T20 matches (8:20). We cover the ICC's new league structures in some detail looking at changes to 50 over, 4 day and 20 over cricket (9:20). The tail end of World Cricket League division three was in play as we recorded and we discuss some of the outcomes of that tournament (27:20) as well as the change in ICC streaming policy. We then turn to match fixing which has been a prominent issue in the past month with associate cricket continuing to encounter significant risks of corruption (42:30). There is news regarding the UAE T20x, the Asian Games, Kinrara Oval in Malaysia and the ICC women's development squad (54:00), and we conclude with previews the World T20 East-Asia Pacific group B and ACC West Zone tournaments (1:06:50).

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20 Nov 2018

Rank #1

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Ep85: Americas WT20 Qualifier Review

As we switch from northern to southern summers there are tournaments across the world, and Andrew Nixon (@andrewnixon79) joins Russell Degnan (@idlesummers) to cover them all. Hong Kong gave India a scare in the Asia Cup (0:20), USA and Canada qualified for the next stage of the Americas WT20 qualifier (6:20), there were improved associate performances in the Africa T20 Cup (9:30) and we look at the East Asian Cup (13:00), and Stan Nagaiah Trophy (15:40). There is ICC news on the olympics and associate status (16:20) and a preview of the Asia (East) WT20 qualifiers and Hong Kong tour of PNG (23:00).


1 Oct 2018

Rank #2

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Ep84: Women's World T20 Qualifier Review

Andrew Nixon (@andrewnixon79) joins Russell Degnan (@idlesummers) for a big episode covering a wide range of men's and women's tournaments over the past two months. The Women's World T20 Championship Qualifier (0:20) and further mens World T20 qualifiers from Africa, East-Asia and Europe were played with more teams progressing to the regional qualifiers (5:30). Hong Kong came through the ODI Asian Cup qualifiers in a fascinating tournament (18:10) and the South American Championships returned with Brazil winning the women's event and Mexico the men's (24:10). There was also an African Women's tournament in Botswana (29:10), U/19 qualifiers in Africa and Europe (37:20) and numerous bilateral series (40:50). There is news from USA and Kenya (44:30), and we preview the Americas Group A World T20 qualifier amongst other tournaments (51:10).


14 Sep 2018

Rank #3

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Ep83: European Summer Review

After a two month break Andrew Nixon (@andrewnixon79) joins Russell Degnan (@idlesummers) to discuss the Asian Women's T20 Cup (1:00) and Thailand's first official T20I victory, Scotland's matches against England and Pakistan (3:40) and against Ireland and the Netherlands in the European tri-series (9:00), and the Test debuts of Ireland and Afghanistan and their implications (or otherwise) (13:00). In news we cover the ICC Conference (17:40), the proposed changes to T20 domestic tournaments and their impact on events like the Canada GT20, and the a major development initiative in Papua New Guinea (33:30). Finally, we preview the Women's T20 Qualifer and the Men's East Africa T20 Qualifier (36:40).


10 Jul 2018

Rank #4

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Ep82: WCL4 Review

World Cricket League Division Four lived up to expectations with an exciting last day. Andrew Nixon (@andrewnixon79) joins Russell Degnan (@idlesummers) to discuss the results (5:45), along with the latest batch of World T20 sub-regional qualifiers in Africa (0:20) and Asia (2:40). There is good news from the ICC, with all nations being granted T20I status starting with the women in July (19:35), and we discuss Ireland's first men's Test match (35:25) and preview of the Women's Asia Cup (41:55).


9 May 2018

Rank #5

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Ep81: World Cup Qualifiers Review

The World Cup Qualifiers were completed with the West Indies and Afghanistan moving on to England but not without a lot of drama. Andrew Nixon (@andrewnixon79) joins Russell Degnan (@idlesummers) to go over the tournament, the major talking points, the aftermath and the 10-team world cup (0:20). There were other tournaments and matches in South-east Asia with a few surprises (41:20). There is news of adminstrative upheaval and poor governance (45:00), plus USACA being USACA (49:10). And tournament previews for Africa, Asia and the World Cricket League division four (53:10).

1hr 2mins

15 Apr 2018

Rank #6

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Ep 80: WCL2 Review, WCQ Preview

Associate cricket is in the middle of a key period and Andrew Nixon (@andrewnixon79) joins Russell Degnan (@idlesummers) are here to cover them. World Cricket League Division Two saw Nepal and the UAE move into the qualifiers (0:20). Those qualifiers will be played in Zimbabwe and we've previewed the tournament and the contenders, as well as the coverage (or lack of) (14:00). Tournaments for the smaller naions are gearing up too. The ACC eastern sub-regional T20 was won by Bhutan (28:30) and the first of the World T20 qualifiers will start in the Americas - Southern region (40:30). And finally, there is news from the ICC, Canada and Malaysia (30:50).


1 Mar 2018

Rank #7

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Ep 79: U-19 World Cup and WCL2 Preview

The 2018 U-19 World Cup has been played and won by India. Andrew Nixon (@andrewnixon79) joins Russell Degnan (@idlesummers) to discuss the performance of the associate teams (0:20) as well as women's events in Africa (5:00). There is news from the ICC regarding the WT20 in 2020 and the status of Nepal amongst other things (6:50). And we preview the World Cricket League Division Two (14:20).


6 Feb 2018

Rank #8

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Ep 77: ICup and WCLC Final Round Preview

As the finale of two major tournaments approaches. Andrew Nixon (@andrewnixon79) joins Russell Degnan (@idlesummers) to preview the final round. We preview the Intercontinental Cup as well as Afghanistan's big win over Hong Kong in the previous set of matches (0:40). Also look at the last round of the World Cricket League and its many permutations (7:00). We review the U/19 Youth Asia Cup (14:45) and the South American Championship (18:00) and preview the Asian Women's T20 Qualifier (22:45), along with the news from Malaysia and the USA.

22 Nov 2017

Rank #9

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Ep76: Eric Parthen of USA cricket

The second last round of Intercontinental Cup and World Cricket League championship matches have been played. Andrew Nixon (@andrewnixon79) and Russell Degnan (@idlesummers) review the I-Cup matches (0:30) between UAE and Namibia, Scotland and PNG, and a preview of Hong Kong versus Afghanistan before turning to the WCL championship (7:50), and the East Asia Cup (15:00). Then, Eric Parthen, USA Project Manager at ICC Americas (@usacricket), joins Andrew to discuss the progress of USA cricket towards a new organisation and eventual reinstatement (17:05). The ICC changes to Test and ODI cricket are discussed, along with other decisions, and in particular eligibility (29:50) and there is other news from Ireland, Hong Kong and western Asia.


16 Oct 2017

Rank #10