In just under a fortnight Cricket SA will be hosting its annual awards dinner and, with the disappointment of the World Cup taking a painfully long time to subside, it will provide a much-needed opportunity for everyone to remember that, while there were more lows than highs, the year was not all doom and gloom.

There are a few changes in 2019 — mostly regarding costs. This is unquestionably a good thing as Cricket SA embarks on a series of desperately needed austerity measures as income continues to be spectacularly outstripped by expenses. The choices about what and where to cut are difficult and will only get harder.

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