All these potential mergers and more could have resulted in big crowds and successful, well funded teams. There is just one thing...its called heritage.Anyone suggesting mergers in some towns could have been lynched. Try convincing Hull and Hull KR supporters that they should come together for the greater good. This would lose a hundred years of history in one fail swoop.
Forty years ago this year took place one of the most spectacular tours in cricket history. A seismic change in how the game was played was afoot and it was to be the England team that would face the brunt. With the backdrop of one of the hottest summers on record, a West Indies team skippered by the iconic Clive Lloyd began a period of dominance for the Caribbean.
The second Test between England and Pakistan beginning tomorrow (July 22) at Old Trafford has acquired a strange tension, which is vastly more intense and different from the buzz surrounding the crowd reaction to Mohammed Amir's return to the stage where he had let the cricketing world down.
England cricket supporters will not doubt lament the defeat to Pakistan at Lords over the weekend as what might have been. Chris Woakes came out as a hero in defeat and there were cameos from some of the batsmen but no hundreds to match that of Misbah Ul Haq that might have made the difference.
I managed to watch quite a bit of the recent series between the England and Pakistan Women's cricket team. Whilst Pakistan are a team growing into women's cricket, there were some fabulous performances on the England side, particularly with the bat.
I was one of those child cricketers who used to run it to bowl at 100mph and bowl about 50mph. My idols at the time were the likes of Waqar Younis and Allan Donald and the West Indies at the time were still in their relative heyday of pace bowling even if they were reliant on the greats, Ambrose and Walsh.
The Bangladesh cricket team has never been better. World Cup quarter finalists, seventh in the one day rankings and with recent series wins against India, South Africa and Pakistan - it's no surprise that when Bangladesh fans come up with their all-time eleven - it tends to skew heavily towards the current line up.
Tony lived and loved cricket. The state of the game in his beloved West Indies in the last few years broke his heart and frustrated him in equal measure. His outspoken views on what the West Indian Cricket Board were doing to the game often landed him in trouble, but always came from his big, genuine heart.
Safety in sport has become very much in the public eye over recent years and cricket cannot afford not to take its responsibility seriously. Cricketer...
As the Second Test in Perth limps towards yet another high-scoring draw, we must act with a dose of empathy and a pinch of foresight towards the game of cricket worldwide. If not, we risk losing that bastion of the English summer to the condescension of posterity.
So yet again England has disappointed in sport. This time it is the Rugby World Cup and our humiliation is compounded by the fact that we are hosti...
Having been fortunate enough to witness many examples of sporting excellence in Leeds over the years, I was privileged last weekend, thanks to event s...
At a time when the government is polarising the country against many of these communities, it's truly heart-warming to see people of all races, genders and religions sit around a table with the sincerest desire to improve access to opportunities for those who are struggling to find them.
If Waitrose really is prepared to abandon all of its principles for a few corporate boxes at important sporting events, then why not go the whole way? Why not get behind Sepp Blatter's FIFA? The opportunities for Waitrose, post-ECB, are endless.
KP is currently one of the world's top batsmen and if the England team was selected on merit he would be in it. The Aussies will be rubbing their hands with glee that they are not going to have to face him this summer.
Toulon secure their third straight European title on Saturday at Twickenham after an epic encounter with the perennial bridesmaids from Clermont Auvergne. In the lead up and since then there have been many fans and voices in the game bemoaning Toulon's superstar packed team and asking whether or not they are good or bad for rugby...