A year on
It was exactly a year ago that I started this blog. The main purpose being to have a forum where associate cricket, and the development and spread of cricket could be discussed. I used to post on these topics here and there on other forums, but quickly realized that since none of the others was specifically dedicated to Cricket development, it was not getting the due share, and it would get bogged down under Test Cricket news. Secondly, everyone has a different opinion on what is important and what is not important as far as the development of cricket or any other sport is concerned, and it was required that I have my own space, and similarly, get in touch with others who share a similar (not the same!) point of view.
During the year, some interesting things happenned. Cricket Europe expanded to become an HPP/associate country website instead of one specifically for Europe. Another blog was set up for associate cricket at Beyond the Boundary, and the ICC managed to give a calender to the HPP countries, giving associate cricket something more to talk about. Both the Bermuda and Kenya cricket boards set up their own websites, but they left a lot to be desired. Nepal got a ranking of 9 in the U19 World Cup, and Afghanistan started featuring prominantly on the cricket development map for the first time.
Since this is not a professional setup (it is essentially just my hobby) writing regularly has been a problem, and there are also days when there is nothing to write!. Still, the blog has managed 32,500 visits in the first year, which I am quite happy about, especially given that I am usually not breaking any new news, and neither am I covering cricket live; this has basically been an opinion/analysis based blog so far. In addition to that, I am quite happy with the interaction with others. On the 250 blog postings for the year, which averages to about 2 postings per 3 days, I have had 1500 comments from others, and sometimes they were longer in content that feature articales. I would like to thank all who have been participating in the process.
Hopefully the next year will be better, since there is no ramp up period.
Nasir M. Khan