Back to top

July 2005

Albie Sachs

With Justice Albie Sachs due to hand down his decision on the appeal against Saurav Ganguly's suspension later today, I thought it might be interesting to revisit his recent interview on BBC World's Hardtalk program.

While he doesn't discuss the Ganguly case or even cricket at all in the interview with the BBC's Steven Sackur, it does provide an interesting insight into the man whose day job is as a Justice of the South African Constitutional Court.

Why not just make him President for Life?

The Cricket Association of Bengal has amended its constitution to allow Jagmohan Dalmiya to serve a third term as its president. A special general meeting of the CAB voted this week to remove the clause in its constitution limiting an association president to holding a maximum of two terms in the post. This will allow Dalmiya to continue as CAB President beyond July this year, which is also the month when his term as president of the ICC expires. Joint Secretary of the CAB, Debdas Bannerjee, stated, "We are not denying the fact that we changed the constitution for Mr Dalmiya.

One-nil, one-nil, bla bla bla...

It took just 10.1 overs on Sunday once play actually began. Like so many Australian victories over the past decade, a game that was neck-and-neck through the first innings ended up a decisive victory. Two bowlers with a combined age of 70 and a combined career haul of 1097 Test wickets finished off England, as they have done so many times before.

Pietermartizberg's very own Kevin Pietersen can be pleased with his Test debut for his new country of residence, and currently boasts a batting average of 121.00.

John Howard back in the CCCP

John Howard at the presidential lectern in the White House with George W Bush. John Howard at the Pentagon with Donald Rumsfeld. John Howard being praised by Rupert Murdoch at a black tie dinner. John Howard with Tony Blair at 10 Downing Street. John Howard visiting Aussie blast victims in a London hospital. John Howard chatting with John Major in the member's pavillion at Lord's. John Howard with headphones and mike in the CCCP (Central Cricket Commentary Position) live to air on the Beeb.


On yer bike, England

My question du jour involves Le tour: Can Australia wrap up the First Test before Lance begins his final pedal up the Champs-Elysees?

Australian free-to-air broadcasters SBS juggling cricket coverage with their pre-existing committment to the Tour de France - something Murdoch operatives have been gloating about as jointly owned Fairfax-Packer pay TV channel Fox Sports has complete ball-by-ball coverage to itself. On the other hand, it has the Sky Sports commentators all to itself...

And an unforgettable, er... 91

There's probably nothing that gives me more pleasure in following cricket these days than charting the rise and rise of Michael Clarke. Friday, he breathed life into an Australian side that had been struggling to get on top of the First Test, and then looked set to add a debut Ashes century at Lord's to his CV.

More on:: 

More BBC radio programs

Three BBC radio cricket programs currently available from the website through listen-on-demand:

I'm not sure when this went to air, but BBC Five Live has a 52-minute program in which Geoff Boycott, Geoff Lawson, Allan Lamb and Jon Agnew have a panel discussion of their Ashes memories.

The Dave Podmore Ashes Special went to air on BBC Radio Four last night. It runs half an hour.