On the opening morning of the men’s Cricket World Cup at The Oval, the queue extending from the adjacent underground station was encouraging. The bottleneck, however, was formed not by excited fans but by commuters, puzzled by the appearance of a large shiny trophy on a cardboard pedestal outside. Briefly obstructing their daily shuffle, it was an irritant, soon forgotten.
The Nightwatchman – The Wisden Cricket Quarterly
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Isabelle Westbury asks whether the game is undergoing a cultural shift.
Nearly 30 years on British Asians have still not been fully accepted into English cricket. However, the next 18 months offer an excellent opportunity for change – a chance to build on the events of last year: Pakistan’s victory over India in the Champions Trophy and India’s bold run in the Women’s World Cup. With the India and Pakistan men’s teams touring the UK this summer, and a World Cup to follow in 2019, more subcontinental cricket is coming to these shores than ever before. What more can be done to ensure that cricket in this country really is a game for everyone who lives here – including the three million South Asians who make up almost five per cent of the population?
BBC World Service – Sportworld: ICC Women’s World Cup Final 2017
England v India
23 July 2017
Lord’s Cricket Ground, London
India will face England in the final of the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup and they will be heavily dependent on their skipper Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur.
BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra – Test Match Special: ICC Women’s World Cup 2017
England v India
24 June 2017
The County Ground, Derby
Three games apiece against the No. 1-ranked team in the world across all formats. Not a bad result, all things considered.