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.
Yates feels that it would not be appropriate to unleash this article on you without a word of friendly warning.
We are about to discuss the retirement of Sachin Tendulkar here with some colourful metaphors which may be likely to offend. It may thrill you. It may shock you. It might even horrify you. Proceed no further if you are a mindless BCCI loving drone, convinced that a now retired Indian batsman (or, in fact, any other batsman) is some kind of deity or are offended by colourful metaphors.
Well, we did warn you…
Harsha Bhogle has a nice way with words but this shouldn’t disguise the omissions he makes in his latest piece. Yates harks back to the late Tony Greig’s Cowdrey Lecture in which he criticises the BCCI and says it should lead with the Spirit Of Cricket at its heart. The recent fixing stories and the conduct of Numbnuts Srinivasan show that this is still not happening.
Harsha pays lip service to a need for governance, structure and codes of conduct yet misses a major point. Good governance requires transparency and the highest ethical standards, not only doing the right thing but being seen to be doing the right thing. Which means no conflicts of interest, people appointed to positions on merit, no interference in elections, no overly complex financial regulations, truly independent auditing and a clear code of conduct which encompasses all these behaviours. If your code of conduct misses any of these areas then it is worthless.
Yates has kept quiet about the ICC cricket committee vote rigging issue up to now because it’s pretty obvious that here at DCTWO the BCCI is regarded as a self serving, greedy, bullying and malign influence on the game of cricket. As the head of the BCCI Numbnuts Srinivasan is the man who sets the tone for the way things are done in that organisation.
Any tour of India is a challenge. It becomes even more so when the perception is that the touring batsmen generally haven’t a clue against spin bowling on turning pitches along with the well documented story known as KPGate which could equally have been called ECB Couldn’t Manage A Slash In The Morning Gate.
As Yates wrote previously, “Flower must manage and monitor Sally Broad, Graeme Swann and James Anderson equally as much as he manages and monitors KP”. It seems like most of the tour party has come out with the usual platitudes the “Re-integration process” has gone well and they’re glad that a line has been drawn so people can move forwards. Business bullshit bingo to the fore.
It sounds like some kind of WWE tag team grudge match. In one corner is Test Match Special’s Jonathan “The Assassin” Agnew and his partner Christopher “Cool Man Jiving” Martin-Jenkins, in the other from the Test Match Sofa crew is “Dangerous” Daniel Norcross and Gary “Nailer” Naylor (Be gentle on Yates, he couldn’t think of wrestler type nicknames for the other Sofa crew.)
Yates can’t quite see Aggers going all Randy “Macho Man” Savage on the Sofa crew but a recent article by CMJ has caused something of a stir, going down about as well as Yates’ Great White Eared Elephant impression at his mother’s birthday party. Words like “predatory” and “pilfering” have been seen doing the rounds. Yates isn’t sure the “Macho Man” would ever have used the word “pilfering” though…
Editor of The Cricketer (which now owns the Sofa) Andrew Miller posted a reply in the Daily Mail and the discussion has been ongoing via Twitter for a while now, with tweeters from both sides having a say.
The annual self-congratulatory ICC Awards bash is being held today. There will be the usual awards which won’t really inspire, surprise or generate pages of discussion on the internet. Unless we include the “OMG! Why isn’t SACHIN the winner of every award?” fandrones out there.
Cynical? Maybe. But what purpose does this bash actually serve other than a self-promotion tool for the ICC?
So let’s jazz things up a bit by suggesting a few awards of our own for Haroon Lorgat to consider. Let’s start the ball rolling with a couple of suggestions…
The stuffing that India’s cricketers have taken from England has focused attention on several aspects of India’s cricket. Most notably the fielding of the India team has been some of the worst Yates has seen in recent times. When Yates says “I would be embarrassed to have fielded like that!” then you are in trouble. Yates has seen plenty of village fielding and had a few of his own village moments. That India team did not perform like a team whose fielding coach is Trevor Penney. Yates has seen better fielding efforts from five year old children and mid 30 year olds coming out of hospital after operations on their knackers.
So when Nasser Hussain compared India’s fielding efforts to those of donkeys many will have felt the comparison justified if somewhat lacking in critical sting. Yates has heard far stronger and less politically correct terms used to describe India’s efforts in the field in this series.