1. Article by: Posted: 10th November 2014 In: Cricket Games News Replies: No comments

    A couple of weeks ago we announced Blockhole Games were developing a player management game for Android. This game is now available from Google Play Store, click here to go directly to get the game.

    Description of the game:

    You have been assigned the task of producing your country’s next cricket champion. As manager, your job is to guide a promising young cricketer from 2nd grade level all the way through to selection in the national side. You will manage most aspects of the player’s career such as hiring support staff, negotiating contracts, setting training agenda and much more. Cricket Player Manager is a turn-based strategy game for all cricket fans who love sport statistics.

    Game Features:

    • Manage a young promising cricketer from 2nd grade through to selection in the national team
    • Hire staff such as coaches, physiotherapists, performance analysts, and more
    • Play in domestic tours, international tours, and the Cricket World Cup
    • Plenty of statistics and charts
    • Every career is different – there are plenty of random events and player types
    • Negotiate contracts with different cricket clubs around the world
    • Manage sponsorship deals
    • Track your player’s career history and awards
    • Buy/sell shares on the stock market and buy/sell property to become a high earning manager
    • Submit your player to the ‘online records’ and compare statistics with players from around the world

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  2. Article by: Posted: 26th October 2014 In: Cricket Games News Replies: 5 comments
    Blockhole Games

    Blockhole Games have announced that they will be releasing Cricket Player Manager on the 8th November for Android devices. This game is very different to other cricket management games in that this game focuses purely on the management of a single player.

    This turn-based strategy game is quite comprehensive. As manager, your task is to guide a promising young cricketer from 2nd grade level all the way through to selection in the national side. Along the way, you will hire support staff such as coaches and physiotherapists, manage team contracts, negotiate sponsorship deals, and much more. Money earned can be invested in the stock market or by purchasing property.

    Your player’s career can be submitted online where statistics can be compared and viewed around the world. This simple and fun game was developed for all cricket fans who love statistics in sport.

    If you want to find out more about this game than visit the Cricket Player Manager website: www.cricketpm.com.

  3. Article by: Posted: 12th October 2014 In: The PlanetCricket View Replies: 1 comment

    Ever since England’s best batsman was fired for no apparent reason, English cricket fans have been trying to get someone to tell us why. Various of the cricket hacks on twitter suggested that there were very good reasons which, despite being journalists, they weren’t at liberty to share with us. We would just have to take it “on trust” that it was the “right decision”. The confidentiality agreement has now expired and In the midst of all the mud-slinging over how called who what, and whether Matt Prior was a Dairy Lea or a Brie, we’re still waiting to be told.

    All the smug and satisfied administrators that had been using the confidentiality agreement as a cop-out, “oh you know I’m not allowed to tell you that”, have failed to come forward. The only evidence put out has been the “dossier” which even the ECB were forced to distance themselves from due to its total lack of content. Neither of the two men put forward to speak for the ECB, Alastair Cook and David Collier, have even been asked about the reasons KP was sacked. Instead they have assured us that they weren’t aware of any bullying and that KP Genius was investigated thoroughly. Neither of these things shed any light on why they sacked the best player.

    The contempt and arrogance of those “inside cricket” was summed up today by Stephen Brenkley who described supporters of Pietersen as “odious” today for having the temerity to wonder aloud what was going on. Here’s a tip Stephen. We wouldn’t have to if you did your job properly. It is disgraceful the best journalism on this is being done by bloggers “outside cricket” and only the Telegraph and Cricinfo of those “inside” have attempted to hold the ECB to account in any way.

    Please, please, please answer the questions you knew best on 9 months ago. Tell us what it was that made Pietersen so unmanageable. Most of all tell us why you think you are competent enough to take this England team forward and continue to run the game we love. Trust me we’re all dying to know.

  4. Article by: Posted: 11th October 2014 In: The PlanetCricket View Replies: No comments

    Article by blockerdave

    It’s perfectly right that Kevin Pietersen is no longer playing for England, but it was the ECB’s need to settle old scores that created the whole mess English Cricket finds itself in.

    There was a case, a genuine case of “cricketing reasons” for no longer selecting Kevin Pietersen for England.

    Pietersen was 34, and by his own admission his knee was not up to 4 day county matches, let alone Test cricket in what was a highly intensive summer programme. His career was on a definite downward curve. You can split KP’s England career into 18 “seasons” of English summers and Winter Tours: in the first 9 seasons he averaged over 50 6 times, with a lowest average of 33.66; for the final 9 he averaged over 50 just 3 times, and twice averaged under 30 – 29.00 in his injury-plagued 2009 English Summer, and 29.4 in the final blighted Ashes of 2013/14.

    When England asked for and needed their batsmen to play plenty of First Class cricket to overcome the Australian trauma, Pietersen could not do so. Moreover, the emergence of Joe Root, Gary Balance and Ben Stokes, plus the identification of Moeen Ali and Sam Robson as players for the summer gave England the chance to present the 5-0 as a watershed, a true changing of the guard.

    A competent regime would simply not select him, and point with justification to his knee and the undeniable fact that England cannot pick for Test Matches someone unfit to play 4 day cricket, whatever their record. Since the knee prevented him from fielding at Gully, and needed a rest, it would equally have precluded him from selection for the World T20.

    The knee, the decline, the changing of the guard – three genuine, inarguable reasons to simply not select him, and move on.

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  5. Article by: Posted: 10th October 2014 In: The PlanetCricket View Replies: No comments

    So what blew down the ECB House of Cards in the end? Was it Mitchell Johnson running in with the Fremantle Doctor behind him? Or was it KP, ace or knave, the man who never quite fitted into any suit? I called a spade a spade he writes but I was never part of the club. The man with the diamond earring whose pack questioned if his heart was in the right place.

    Pietersen, in his expertly ghosted new book, talks extensively about his sense of being “outside cricket”. Maybe this is the reason that is has been left to others “outside cricket” to ask the kind of questions of the ECB that those inside it seem unwilling or unable to do. The book reads sometimes as a constant battle, personal and cultural, with people who just don’t get him. As Pietersen himself admits, the fault is not one-sided. He didn’t fit the mould of a traditional England test cricketer and had no time for the performance-management culture so beloved of Andy Flower. When the ECB used him and Andrew Flintoff as poster boys to attract new audiences in 2005, he argues that the arrangement would only ever work as long as his performances didn’t dip. Once they did he expected to be cut off.

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