Ben Stokes has been found not guilty of affray. Due Process has been followed and we must respect the decision of the jury. In the aftermath of these proceedings questions are already being asked of the CPS and attention is now turning to the ECB.
Specifically the Kangaroo Court known as the Cricket Discipline Commission and what the ECB will do following the case. Yates has written previously about the CDC in very disparaging terms and has very little confidence in it. Perception here is that the CDC couldn’t be more Kangaroo if it was staffed by Australians dressed in Skippy costumes, drinking Castlemaine XXXX and doing Bill Lawry impressions.
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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:
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Despite doing nothing about the booing Moeen Ali received in recent international games, the Exceptionally Clueless Buffoons have been revealed as charging Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale with racism against Lancashire’s South African batsman Ashwell Prince.
Did Gale let rip with an outburst worthy of a UKIPper?
Did he use the N-word? The S-word? The C-word? The M-word?
Did he make certain gestures or references to certain body parts?
Did he refer to a certain land made famous by Alan Clark and then by Godfrey Bloom?
Did he let rip with a Gene Hunt special?
Did he throw a piece of fruit? (If none of these make any sense get onto Google).
Any or all of the above would deserve a guilty verdict. But no, Andrew Gale did not do any of these things.
Continue reading The K-Word
Yates is sorry to hear you’re a bit put out by the recent leaks of Lou Vincent and Brendan McCullum’s testimonies to the ACSU.
But you can’t be surprised at the frustration being felt by fans around the world that so few disciplinary measures or convictions have been achieved or contributed by the ACSU. By so few I mean zero. Zip. None. Naff all. Not a God Damn thing. The only convictions that have been achieved have come via discredited newspapers running scams and police tapping phone lines. Nowhere was the ACSU to be seen.
Continue reading Hey Dave! An Open Letter To David Richardson
A few days ago Danish Kaneria lost another appeal against his punishment for corruption. Yes, another appeal after his previous one was rejected. Yesterday the Pakistan Cricket Board did the right thing and endorsed that verdict and therefore the ban.
About bloody time!
Continue reading Kaneria Life Ban Confirmed: About Bloody Time!
Today’s revelations about 3 Indian cricketers being arrested over spot-fixing claims did not come as any surprise to Yates. Equally the identity of one of the arrested cricketers (the one who played Test Cricket) did not surprise Yates, as he had always thought poorly of that particular person. The usual denials and claims of conspiracy have come out, but the one thing that must be noted clearly is this:
These arrests have come as a result of work by the Delhi police, NOT by any cricketing Anti Corruption Unit. That sounds familiar…
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While the investigations into and subsequent proceedings against Kaneria & Westfield were going on, Yates wondered what sort of advice Westfield in particular was receiving. In particular Yates was wondering just how conciliatory towards the ECB Westfield had been.
An attitude of acceptance that wrong had been done and a desire to try and put some things right by helping to educate others would surely have been a sensible way to go. While we do not know everything that was said in the ECB’s hearings over Westfield, we do know that he was banned from first-class cricket for five years and recreational cricket for three in addition to the time he had already served at Her Majesty’s pleasure.
It may have looked a harsh penalty, as if the ECB were making an example out of Westfield. The player himself has let it be known that he feels hard done by but today’s statements at the Kaneria hearing may shed some welcome light on matters.
Continue reading Mervyn Westfield – Angry Young…?
The ECB’s finding sufficient evidence to impose a life ban on Danish Kaneria came as a welcome indication of a zero tolerance policy towards any involvement with match fixing.
This would render Kaneria unable to play any cricket under the auspices of any ICC affiliated governing board. The PCB indicated that they saw no reason to dispute the findings of the tribunal, so Kaneria’s career seems to be sliding to an ignominious end.
Continue reading Kaneria, Butt and “Is It Cos I Is From Pakistan?”
Yates writes this entry with a heavy heart and a sense of dread. When Yates says that Essex are a club which he had supported for 30 years until moving south of the River Thames you may understand why.
Yesterday’s sentencing of Mervyn Westfield will be remembered more for the explosive revelations made in the run up to lunch more than the fact that Westfield got a 4 month sentence. Those following Richard DJ Edwards’ excellent live Tweeting of the sentencing saw bombshell after bombshell land which must surely have a devastating effect on Essex cricket in particular.
Continue reading Westfield Conviction & A Question I Dread To Ask…