The ICC almost bend over backwards to avoid describing the World Twenty20 tournament as a "World Cup". They own the event, they are the world governing body, and therefore it is not a World Cup. To the rest of us, however, if it looks like a World Cup, feels like a World Cup, smells like a World Cup...
On the last point however, I digress. The smell is worse.
The first episode of the two-part miniseries "Howzat: Kerry Packer's War" went to air on Channel 9 at about 8.40pm on Sunday night, August 19, 2012. Until I complete a review following the conclusion of episode 2 on August 26, here's a storification of my tweets from the evening plus some others:
It has been 112 years - two years longer than an Allen Stanford prison sentence - since two club sides from Great Britain and France played what, to date, has been the one and only game of cricket at the Olympic Games. We may not have to wait so long again for the sport to return to the modern Games, but there will be many hurdles to overcome first.
It's an unusual name but a great concept. RebelMouse launched recently and I have a cricket-specific page at rebelmouse.com/rickeyrecricket.
RebelMouse can, and has, been described as a visual mix along the lines of Storify, Pinterest and Paper.li all thrown together. Still in beta, but looks very exciting at this stage, so please check out my contribution as, and if, it develops.
That address again: rebelmouse.com/rickeyrecricket.
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