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Nakul Pande

Perfect Picks and Silly Selections - How The 2020 IPL Franchises Could Get It Right, Or Get It Very, Very Wrong

Having exhaustively live tweeted the IPL auction, Nakul now gives you his opinions of the outcome of those buys. Mumbai Indians – winners of the 2019 edition of the IPL. The horse-trading, gavel-wielding and paddle-waggling is done. The fast and furious IPL auction, which Guerilla Cricket live-tweeted from start to finish, is done, and the eight franchises have their squads in place. But who they got is only part of the story – the question now is what they do with them. As we've seen throughout the history of cricket, selectors and captains don't always get it right, and in a tournament with such a curious mix of hard-edged analytics, overly intrusive marketing and emotions worn on sleeves as the IPL, there are plenty of ways for franchises to get it wrong.

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Words vs Actions – why cricket in Australia still has a long way to go.

Messy Jez Tells us the view from a baking Australia and the effects of increasing temperatures on our beloved summer sport. It's only getting hotter the world over, what now for cricket?. Welcome to Summer in Perth. It's Summer here in Perth. It gets hot – it always has, and there is no doubt that it's getting hotter, and will continue to do so. Tomorrow, 12 December 2019, is a historic day for cricket in Western Australia. It will be the start of Perth's first ever Day/Night Test Match, against New Zealand. It is to be played at the new Burswood Stadium, which has replaced the much-loved, but woefully inadequate, WACA ground as the home of major cricket matches in Perth.

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From conflict to cricket: a story of Kent Cricket Club, Sierra Leone

Annie Chave gives the low down on the inspiring rise of cricket in Sierra Leone. Kent Cricket Club. With our country currently engaged in one of the most divisive and unnecessary political battles in its history and our cricket fan-base similarly divided over ways to progress the game, it feels like an appropriate time to step away from our self-imposed turmoil and look at a wonderful story developing about a cricket club in a country that has been through some of the most horrific hardships humanity can endure.

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Alex Hales to star in the CPL

Tasneem Summer Khan grabs an interview with Alex Hales after he's picked up by the CPL. Alex Hales: Making the best of things as a first round pick at the CPL.

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Wasted on the young: do IPL prodigies provide value for their riches?

wonders whether the youth policies of some franchises reap dividends. IPL young guns, potential riches within their grasp but can they handle the pressure at such a young age.

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Nakul Pande

Smaximum Effect: from your crores to your Cariappas, Nakul's know-it-all guide to IPL12

The tournament may have been shunted forward to accommodate the World Cup, and the schedule may have been delayed by the mind-boggling security and logistical operation of the Indian general election, but don't let anyone tell you that this is any sort of IPL Lite. This is the real deal: 8 star-studded teams duking it out over six weeks or so in the richest, most prestigious and still the biggest of all the world's T20 tournaments. Here's our exhaustive handbook on the 12th edition of this rolling cavalcade of fours, sixes, wickets and thoroughly underwhelmed cheerleaders.

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Hendo

Exclusive: Pakistani doctors' diagnosis - Arthur has to go, and we'll pay for sacking

Cash and harry: Dr Ansari's consortium want Arthur replaced by a more synergetic coaching team. A group of leading Pakistani physicians have offered to pay off the final year of Mickey Arthur's contract as they urge the country's board to seek a new start after the team's disastrous Asia Cup campaign. They believe the coach has failed to fully commit to the cause in a sport which unites the disparate 220 million population like very little else. Furthermore they accuse the South African of sidelining Sarfraz Ahmed over selection and key decisions, arguing that he leaves the captain to burden the disappointment of a nation's failure.

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The Guerillas

Great minds link alike: Guerilla Cricket teams up with leading Indian website

Today, we mark the beginning of what we hope will be a long and fruitful partnership with , a website based in India. Their site will carry our commentary and we hope to interact with their readers/viewers on Twitter and Facebook and get a real perspective from India on how this series is being viewed – not to mention series in the future such as the World Cup next year. The site, like Guerilla Cricket, is the result of the passion and commitment of its creators, who are Syed Sujjad, the chief executive, Ankit Mishra, the editor-in-chief, and Sai Kishore, the social media manager, and a worldwide team of more than 150 writers.

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Hendo

Opening questions: Cook, his brief, and the swipe over cover

argues that England might benefit from a change of approach from at least one batsman at the top of their order. Stable top: Cook's stickability would allow another opener to go hell for leather.

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Tony Bishop

Spellbound by a withered arm, and the dream of a lifetime: two memories of an Indian summer

Guerilla Cricket's own Tony Bishop, and Divya Rao, an Indian cricket enthusiast now based in Denmark, are two different generations of cricket lover whose paths crossed in their day jobs. Here they share their recollections of series past. Shirting his responsibility: Ganguly left it to Mohammad Kaif to see India home in 2002. (England v India, 3rd Test, The Oval, 1971). In 1971 I was 12. Already playing and acquiring my lifelong love of the game, a touring side from India seemed extremely exotic, lent an additional soupcon of mysticism by the tongue-twisting unfamiliarity of their names but more importantly by the deadly variety of their spin attack.

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