Notes from Outside the System for August 27

Climb every mountain: Scaling Kilimanjaro for the good of Rwandan cricket, from Daily Maverick: “(The fundraiser for cricket facilities in Rwanda) will see two teams scale Kilimanjaro to play the world’s highest ever game of competitive cricket. … The expedition, which takes place in September, will also raise funds for Cancer Research UK as well as Tusk, an anti-poaching charity. Amongst the players involved are South Africa’s very own Makhaya Ntini, England international Heather Knight, former England captain Clare Connor and former England player Ashley Giles.”

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The ICC Women’s Championship is happening right nowKeep up with all the action on Cricinfo. Unfortunately, the third ODI between England and India was abandoned without a ball bowled due to rain. I realize that not scheduling make up days is tradition in cricket, but I will always continue to think that that is just silly. India flew 7,000 kilometers and they got one Test and two ODIs – AND this is a competitive tournament. Cricket has a done a great job overcoming traditions that were holding them back, but they still remain in the 19th century when it comes to other aspects of the game. Sort it out, ICC.

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Despite the US State Department saying it’s cool, USACA has worries about safety during their visit to Uganda. Cricinfo: “At the moment, USACA has not made any plans to cancel USA’s participation in the tournament, but a board meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday where the Uganda security issue and overall team preparation is expected to be formally discussed.” Today is Wednesday but I see no updates from our friend Peter Della Penna on the meeting’s outcome. Stay tuned.

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Sad story out of Singapore via Today Online, as the Singapore Cricket Club’s President fell to his death over the weekend: “The death of Singapore Cricket Club (SCC) president Michael Grice today (Aug 24) has been described as a great loss to Singapore sport. … Grice, 70, took over the helm of the storied club in April. In a statement, the SCC said Grice had passed away at the early hours this morning ‘following an accidental fall at the club’.”

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Finally this week, Allafrica.com has the news that the England Women vs. South Africa Women T20s this September will be broadcast live on Supersport International: “National women’s captain Mignon du Preez, commented: ‘This is amazing news for women’s cricket in South Africa. We are extremely excited to have television coverage of a tour for the first time and we look forward to showing the country what we’re all about and just how much talent is in this squad. … We hope that this is just the first of many televised tours and that having South Africa finally see us play will inspire other young girls to choose cricket as their preferred sport to play.'” Seriously, everyone, Women’s cricket is quickly becoming the real deal.

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