Category Archives: ICC

Hey Dave! An Open Letter To David Richardson

Dear Dave,

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.

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Specsavers Special

The second day of the first Ashes test has been a memorable one for debutant Ashton Agar, demonstrating a batting prowess that is considerably higher than his position in the Aussie batting order.  Only the hardest hearted would have begrudged the young man the century that he fell 2 runs short of.

For non Australians today will be remembered for poor England bowling against Agar and Phil Hughes and for two very poor decisions by Elite Panel umpire on TV duty Marais Erasmus.

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On Fixing, Ethics, Governance & Leadership

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.

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Bullying BCCI At It Again

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.

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Kaneria, Butt and “Is It Cos I Is From Pakistan?”

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.

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The Spot-fixing Mess

The trial is over.  Though we still have the inevitable appeals to come.  The fixer and the three cricketers are now spending their time at the invitation of Her Britannic Majesty as sentenced by Mr Justice Cooke, whose comments are worth reading.

This whole thing has been bemusing, bewitching, infuriating, confounding but above all deeply saddening.  As revelation after revelation was reported on Twitter by @Cricketer_RDJ, Yates could be seen going about his work with looks of all those feelings on his face.  The game Yates loves, the game which stood as a byword for everything right and proper, the game Yates has spent years of his life watching, discussing and following has been betrayed, vilely soiled upon from a great height.

And it may never be the same again.

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Alternative ICC Awards

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…

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