Relative silence here doesn’t mean all is well with the cricket world. Far from it. The BCCI is trying everything it can to avoid implementing the Lodha Review despite being told by the Supreme Court to stop fannying around and bloody well do it. South Africa’s national team is now subject to the kind of government interference the ICC is supposed to be intolerant of. Pakistan still haven’t played a home test match in Christ knows how long and should not have been allowed to bring Mohammad Amir to the UK for their tour. Australia have been exposed as being bloody awful against spin and just given the kind of stuffing Yates would like to give Bonnie Langford. Andre Russell is allowed to play cricket despite allegedly missing three drug tests. And Giles Clarke is still president of the ECB.
All is definitely not well with the game.
Continue reading The Mediocre Men: Graves & Harrison’s T20 Plans
Yates was working on a piece about sponsorship and branding then something came along which was deserving of its own post. Yates was most annoyed to learn of the stupid behaviour of employees at Port of Tyne in threatening a photographer and film maker. At the time of writing Port of Tyne have yet to apologise to the photographer their staff harassed.
“How is this related to cricket?” Yates hears you ask.
Port of Tyne are Durham CCC’s sponsor for the Royal London One Day Cup.
Continue reading Durham CCC Sponsors Harass A Photographer
Dear readers, those of you on Twitter might have seen, been followed, unfollowed and followed again by accounts claiming to be a County “Fan App”. There are 18 of them, one for each first class county. They look almost official, claiming that “[County name] Fan App is the best way to keep up to date with the club. Coming soon for iOS & Android!” but they were all created by a company called Spontly.
Did you know these “Fan App” sites have been ripping off content from sites belonging to your county club, other county club sites, the BBC and photographers? Here’s some proof:
Continue reading Thieving Scum
For those of us deemed “outside cricket”, who follow the game and ask the awkward questions that have seen us branded with the OC monicker, Jarrod Kimber and Sam Collins’ Death of A Gentleman is confirmation of the slime, sleaze, conflicts of interest and corruption at the heart of cricket’s global governance. If you like or love cricket and aren’t aware of or up to date with the happenings in the game’s governance then you need to see this film. No ifs or buts, you must see this film.
Continue reading Death Of A Gentleman Review
Yates’ Latin teacher was a very wise man. Of course, this was something which only became apparent with the passage of time. One of the many wise things he said was that history repeats itself. Yates will go further and say that if history repeats itself in the same organisation just over a year later then the people in that organisation are imbecilic bellends of the worst kind.
Continue reading Bellendery In Extremis
Yates scared the people in the train carriage coming home yesterday as he shouted “Yes!” and fistpumped to his reading the news that Paul Downton has been sacked from his role at the ECB.
After several months of highlighting Downton’s failings the question any of us would like answered is “What tipped the scales?” What finally made Tom Harrison make the right but overdue decision?
Continue reading Change Is Afoot: Downton Sacked
Some years ago an organisation made a director level appointment. There was the usual top brass bullshit and business buzzword bingo as part of the introductory PR spin. Big things were clearly expected from this new director.
It wasn’t long before this director’s significant flaws came to the fore. The first major decision made by this new director was based entirely on his own prejudices, refusing to present an honest justification and completely ignoring the existing excellent and continuing performance of the organisation.
Other decisions were also flawed, appointments made crucially so. The organisation’s performance, brand and reputation were being damaged by a supposedly safe pair of hands.
Continue reading The Parable Of The Poor Director
In a week when the Evening Boris sported the headline “Toxic London” it’s appropriate to explore Brand Toxicity.
When does a brand become toxic? What turns a brand from successful to shithouse?
Here are a few thoughts:
- When it treats its customers with disdain
- When it takes customers for granted
- When it mocks customers
- When it treats customers as lower forms of life
- When it is dishonest towards customers
- When it fails to adhere to standards expected of them such as openness and honesty
- When results and performances show continuing or declining levels of acceptability
Previous, current or ongoing good works rarely matter when a brand starts to turn toxic, as any headline writer will tell you.
Ask Gerald Ratner just how destructive to your brand becoming toxic can be. One supposed joke about his products wiped a high profile brand worth £500 million off the high streets. Why? Because Ratner mocked his customers.
Continue reading Brand Toxicity
Dear Colin and Tom,
I don’t envy you the tasks you guys now face. You take up your roles at the ECB with the national governing body looking greedy, petty, obsessive, controlling, incompetent, mendacious, out of touch and snobbish. Most importantly the ECB has alienated a lot of people and smeared an imperial shedload of faeces on its brand over the course of 2014.
If it weren’t for Ched Evans the FA would look better than the ECB right now. That’s how bad things are.
Continue reading An Open Letter To Colin Graves And Tom Harrison
When prompted to e-mail the BBC and ECB with feedback on this season’s cricket commentaries, Yates sent one response to the BBC and a fuller response to the ECB. Yates has previously expounded his support for the County commentary teams.
Praise is given where due but so is criticism. If you’re new to DCTWO then please take it as read that as a Surrey supporter I am a big fan of Mark Church and Johnny Barran’s commentaries. Some people (*cough* Michael Vaughan *cough*) would do well to embrace their Twitter presences and bring them to the commentary box – his recent tweets have been much better than his TMS output. TMS in its current state is a vastly inferior product to what it used to be – it needs overhauling.
That said, so does anything in the ECB which Giles Clarke and Paul Downton have had anything to do with.
Yates is looking forward to reading KP’s autobiography.
Thank you to all involved in the County Cricket Commentaries during 2014. May you all winter well.
Continue reading 2014 Season Commentary Feedback