If there is any element of truth in Nick Hoult’s article in today’s Telegraph, it goes to show that Yates was wrong about the Three Stooges. It is The Feckless Five – Hugh Morris, Giles Clarke, David Collier, Geoff Miller and Andy Flower – who are showing their complete unsuitability for working with top level sportsmen.
There has been some utter garbage written about the ongoing situation between Kevin Pietersen and the ECB, much of it from the newspapers, whose “journalists” seem more intent on simple attempts at humiliation and muck raking rather than doing some decent investigative journalism and highlighting the flaws in the ECB’s handling of the situation. Others have made sly digs at KP in their writings when KP himself has no relevance to a story of a recovery from cancer. David Lloyd’s latest effort on ESPNCricinfo after today’s events is another pretty poor effort.
The only sensible writing on the KP issue Yates has seen so far have come from George Dobell, Michael Holding and Sambit Bal. Along with those writing for newspapers, many other former players talking about or writing about the game have singularly failed to provide any insight into the inner workings of the ECB top level management and the failures of Hugh Morris, Giles Clarke and David Collier.
It gives Yates no pleasure to post this entry. Yates is not normally taken to such strength of criticism. However, the decision by Hugh Morris and the ECB senior management to drop Kevin Pietersen for the crucial third test match is the culmination of incompetence and bad management by Morris and his colleagues.
It also goes a fair way to surrendering the coveted #1 test team ranking to the South Africans.
Everyone associated with Surrey cricket in any way cannot help but have been devastated at the sad news of Tom Maynard’s passing earlier today, aged 23. Yates freely admits that he cried on and off for most of the afternoon, and there may still be more tears to come.
Many things struck Yates about Tom – his sense of honour, leaving Glamorgan after the removal of his father Matthew from his coaching role; his ability to belt the bad ball and many good balls to the boundary and his awesome power off the back foot. Yates had the pleasure of seeing a couple of his innings this season and marvelled at just how hard he could hit the ball.
To see Tom take guard at the crease was to see someone ready for battle. Every shot he played had intent. Yates is certain that had Tom not been taken from us, he would have played for England and become a Surrey legend.
Yates feels for Tom’s parents, Matthew and Sue. Parents shouldn’t outlive their children and my thoughts are with them and with everyone at Surrey and Glamorgan CCC. As mentioned on Twitter, this is the third such bereavement Surrey has suffered in the last fifteen years.
Please take time to read these other excellent pieces about Tom:
Rest in peace Tom.
The news that KP has quit One Day International and T20 International cricket came as a bit of a surprise to Yates. Yes, the ECB’s recent fining of KP for a relatively inoffensive tweet was pathetic, pedantic and shows how scared the ECB is of upsetting a major source of its income but may well have had more of an effect than many would have thought.
In his statement KP made it clear that he wanted to play in the upcoming World T20 tournament but that ECB rules prevent him from retiring from one of the limited over formats. That the ECB seemed incapable of a sensible degree of flexibility and are happy to see KP quit begs the question just what kind of leaders do the ECB have.
Congratulations to Pakistan on their test and series win over England. Misbah-ul-Haq’s calm captaincy has helped unite and shape this Pakistan team into a cohesive and, more importantly consistent unit. It used to be said that the only thing that was consistent about Pakistan was that you were never sure which side would turn up. Perhaps that is changing, and about time.
The departure of Iajz Butt from the PCB could not have come soon enough. That he had never arrived there in the first place must be the wish of many more than just myself. With continued calm captaincy and leadership, provided that the retards are kept from positions of power and influence at the PCB, this Pakistan team could become a very very good side indeed.
Yates likes Mohammad Hafeez and Saeed Ajmal in particular and enjoys watching Umar Gul and Younis Khan too. Make no mistake, this series win is well deserved and a rocket up the backside of the England batting. So while Yates raises a mug of Darjeeling to Misbah and his team, the attention must now turn to the England batting.