Rank #1: 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).
Nov 20 2018
Rank #2: 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).
Oct 01 2018
Rank #3: 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).
Sep 14 2018
Rank #4: 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).
Jul 10 2018
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Rank #5: 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).
May 09 2018
Rank #6: 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).
Apr 15 2018
Rank #7: 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).
Mar 01 2018
Rank #8: 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).
Feb 06 2018
Rank #9: 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.
Nov 22 2017
Rank #10: 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.
Oct 16 2017