New deal not cricket. If you are very good at a sport that is played seriously in only 10 countries, can you honestly claim to be the "best in the world"? Isn’t it a bit like saying Prime Minister Tony Abbott is the fittest man in cabinet? This thought crossed my mind when I read an article last week in The Economist entitled "Playing for Themselves", about recent changes in the game of cricket.

Cricket is only played in countries that used to be British colonies, and it includes a set of arcane and ridiculous rules that make gridiron look like Snap. There are a grand total of 10 members of the International Cricket Council -- England, Australia and India are the big three, with daylight between them and the other countries such as Pakistan and Sri Lanka.