The Emerging Cricket Podcast

Emerging Cricket


The stories of those growing the game across the world. Inspiring passion.

Hosts Daniel Beswick, Tim Cutler and Nick Skinner interview trailblazing players, coaches and administrators from Associate cricket and beyond in our weekly show, while bonus interviews and special episodes are released regularly.

The trio also reflect on the 'week that was' in the emerging cricket world, debating the issues affecting the game's global growth.

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255 episodes

The Ultimate Qualifier Play-Off Preview

What a tournament we have on our hands in Namibia! Bes and Nick on who goes through, who takes a League 2 place for the next cycle, and who will be forced to go through the Challenge League.

Mar 26
The amazing finish to CWCL2 for Nepal, HK series, Pacific action, ECL and Euro Slam news

Have you recovered? What a finish to League 2 as Nepal completes their 11/12 win comeback to claim the last auto Qualifier spot! Bes and Nick also wrap action in Hong Kong, Tim Cutler's cameos in the Pacific and news from Europe!

Mar 17
CWCL2 final dash, Ahmed Raza calls time, Anshy Rath back, Americas, Dutch tour of Africa and more!

The end of the windy League 2 road! Can Nepal into the top three? Will UAE and PNG find form ahead of the playoff? Meanwhile Ahmed Raza calls time as Anshy Rath returns to international play, Americas sub-regionals concludes and the Dutch travel to South Africa and Zimbabwe!

Mar 10
CWCL2, Americas subregional, news from qualifiers + Corey Rutgers on Spanish cricket’s record-breaking win

Nick Skinner is joined by US correspondent Nate Hays and the pair discuss the run home for League 2, with the race for crucial third spot heating up, as well as the ongoing Americas subregional qualifier - where Bermuda have sealed top spot with a match to spare. There's also a news update from the U19s CWC Asia qualifier and the ACC Challenger Cup. Then, we hear from Corey Rutgers, head coach of the Spanish men's team, about bowling out the Isle of Man for 10, and the exciting growth of cricket in Spain.

Mar 03
Nepal bounce back in CWCL2 home series, Afghanistan vs UAE & Asian U19s action

Emerging Cricket contributor Tom Grunshaw joins Nick to chat through the news of the week including Nepal's impressive home performance benefitting from the services of an out-on-bail Sandeep Lamichhane, and in other men's cricket, Afghanistan took on the UAE and the Asian U19s Qualifiers got underway.  

Feb 24
CWCL2 returns for Nepal, Namibia and Scotland + Selina Solman interview

It's a big week back for the show, as we chat to Vanuatu women's skipper Selina Solman about her cricketing journey, as well as preview the upcoming League 2 Tri-Series hosted by Nepal.

Feb 11
Afghanistan, Nepal, Olympics, U19 World Cup Associate wins

We weren't short of important things to talk about this week! We revisit the issues surround Afghanistan and it's Women's players after Tracy Holmes' report, look into the spot-fixing drama in Nepal that adds to a long list of problems, discuss the Olympic news around 2028 and highlight the unbelievable efforts of Associates at the U19 Women's T20 World Cup!

Jan 27
Rwanda make history, Associates hold strong at U19 T20WC + USA shenanigans with Nate Hays

They've done it! Rwanda stun Zimbabwe to progress to the next phase of the Women's U19 T20 World Cup, beating Zimbabwe. We look at their performance and Indonesia in depth (we'll cover the campaign for every Associate next week). Nick also catches up with Nate Hays with another eventful week in American cricket.

Jan 20
America in a state, Nepal should take lessons from Taylor Swift, U19WC shocks (in warm-ups)

Is there ever a dull week in Associate cricket? Not to be outdone by the seismic shifts in the USA, organisers of the Nepal T20 overshadow the competition by fleeing the country without the money! We then look at the early surprises in U19WC warm-ups, with the tournament proper here at last!

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Jan 13
Another Nepal coach gone, Done done in USA, Challenge League cut-off dates, action in Africa and more!

Accidental scoops? Nate discovers Richard Done has departed USA, while Bes finds out the Challenge League cycle cut-off has been extended! We look at Nepal losing another head coach, plus action in Asia and Africa on the field!

Dec 23, 2022
News wrap from the Emerging world!

Life got in the way of a sit-down record this week, but Bes has you covered with a news wrap, including Turkey losing their unwanted World Record!

Dec 18, 2022
League 2 run home, Challenge League, Africa Sub-Regionals, Dutch in Thailand

The Cricket World Cup pathway is a little clearer after a plethora of one day cricket! Nick and Bes run through League 2 and Challenge League among other key events in the emerging world. This episode is once again made possible by our Patrons. Log on to to make your pledge from as little as US$2 a month!

Dec 09, 2022
Thailand shine, USA’s CWCL2 run, Africa sub-regionals, Challenge League and more

Bes and Nick try and get through another big week of Emerging cricket with action all over the world!

Dec 02, 2022
Major League Cricket Update with Nate Hays

Nick is joined by Nate with the latest news surrounding the inaugural Major League Cricket season.

Nov 26, 2022
ICC Event news, League 2, Pacific Cup and more!

Tim, Nick and Bes are back together to try and catch up on all the Emerging Cricket of the past fortnight!

Nov 25, 2022
CWCL2 Namibia/USA/PNG tri-series preview

Nick is once again joined by Nate Hays to look at the upcoming League 2 tri-series in Namibia, with the competition reaching its business end.

Nov 20, 2022
The Netherlands shine at T20WC 2022 with Ryan Campbell

What a tournament for the Dutch, and what a way for Ryan Campbell to bow out after five years with the team! We catch up with him, break down the tournament and look to the coach's future, Once again, our pod is with thanks to our patrons. Find us at!

Nov 18, 2022
Nick and Nate Hays look at USA

The labyrinth of USA Cricket is once again looked at by Nick Skinner, who is joined by Nate Hays reporting from North Carolina! We'll break down the rest of the T20 World Cup after this weekend's final (we want to see if the Dutch helped Pakistan to a trophy or Ireland beat the eventual winners)!

Nov 13, 2022
First Round Report - T20 World Cup with Daniel Hay

What a dramatic week of T20 World Cup cricket! With Bes away, Tim and Nick are joined by another Daniel - Daniel Hay, who travelled to Hobart to keep a close eye on the action of the first round!

Oct 29, 2022
Crickonomics with Tim Wigmore

We're joined by the brilliant Tim Wigmore to discuss the modern factors affecting emerging cricket and a look to the T20 World Cup, which has since begun. Tim's book "Crickonomics: The Anatomy of Modern Cricket" is out now everywhere!

Oct 21, 2022
T20 World Cup First Round Preview + Women’s Asia Cup and Men’s U19s!

A BUMPER, EXTENDED show for everyone!!!   We go through both groups of the First Round at the T20 World Cup, provide our predictions and intel, and we look at Thailand's run to the Asia Cup semi-finals! We also look at the teams progressing to the final rounds of U19 Men's WC Qualifying in Africa and Asia!

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Oct 14, 2022
T20WC Prep, Women’s Asia Cup, Men’s U19Qs, South American championships, EAP Sub-Regional B and more!

It's a global game! Action in EAP, Asia, Africa, and the Americas all discussed this week!

Oct 07, 2022
Women’s T20WC Qualifier, Women’s Asia Cup, Pacific Cup, Africa Men’s T20, UAEvBAN, European Cricket Championships + Update on Sandeep

Never short of cricket! We run through the Women's T20WC Qualifier where Ireland and Bangladesh prevail, and ask "Where to now?" for Thailand. We take a look at the upcoming Pacific Cup plus gush over Uganda's success, run the magnifying glass over UAE and wrap the action so far at the European Cricket Championships!

Sep 30, 2022
T20WC squad shocks, League 2 moves, potential in the Pacific + more!

Rohan Mustafa not on the T20WC plane!? We dissect all the squad news, plus Namibia's late League 2 push and a final reflection of the EAP Sub-Regional Qualifier A and the potential of cricket in the Pacific, with thoughts from a partner of the EC crew who almost loved the cricket more than Tim and Bes!

Sep 23, 2022
Women’s U19s Africa qualifiers, Women’s T20WC qualifiers, CWC League 2 in PNG + Vanuatu host EAP T20 qualifiers

Nick is joined this week by Tom Grunshaw, and the pair discuss Rwanda's qualification to the women's U19s world cup (making it out of a tough Africa group), and the upcoming women's T20 world cup qualifiers. They also dissect the start of PNG's CWC League 2 tri-series in Port Moresby (their first cricket at home since 2019), and then it's over to Tim and Bes, who recorded a special mini-episode in Port Vila as they watched Vanuatu's successful campaign at home in the EAP T20WC qualifiers.

Sep 16, 2022
Qualifiers in Vanuatu and Africa, USA update, Nepal news

With Tim and Bes in Vanuatu, Nick is joined by Emerging Cricket's USA correspondent Nate Hays to talk about the week's events. There's the upcoming T20 subregional in Vanuatu, the U19s women's qualifier in Botswana, a retirement during Namibia's home series, and of course a USA update from Nate. Then the pair wrap Nepal's 3-match one-day series against Kenya and touch on the serious allegations against Sandeep Lamichhane.

Sep 09, 2022
Hong Kong Asia Cup dreams, Tim David, PNG coach ’departs’, Nepal v Kenya, Dutch women make ODI return and more!

What a week! Hong Kong earn India and Pakistan matches, while we discuss the departure of Singapore's Tim David to Australia. Carl Sandri's left PNG, while Nepal are in Kenya trying to boost their T20I ranking. In Europe, the Dutch women make a long-awaited return to ODI cricket!

Sep 02, 2022
Raza’s captaincy, NEDvPAK, Asia Cup Qs, T20 Leagues for Associates

After we broke the news of UAE's captaincy decision last week, Bes and Nick go in detail on the decision, before a wrap of Pakistan's tour of the Netherlands, Asia Cup Qualifiers, and the chances of Associate players making teams in T20 Leagues!

Aug 26, 2022
T20WC captain sacked, Challenge League, KOB retirement, Indonesia and Scotland on U19 T20WC

Band is back together! After a developing story from UAE, the boys wrap Challenge League, Indonesia and Scotland's incredible rise to global events and pay tribute to Kevin O'Brien following his retirement!

Aug 19, 2022
Challenge League from Canada on the Vanuatu bus!

Tim and Nick are soaking up the action in Canada, and the pair break down Challenge League action on the path to the 2023 Cricket World Cup!

Aug 04, 2022