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ECB England – A Devalued Team

The announcement of Peter Moores as England Head Coach has confirmed Yates’ thinking since Paul Downton was announced as Managing Director of England Cricket.

Instead of harshly examining a system which is obsessed with turning fast bowlers into musclebound mechanical men who break down far too often or looking into why the batting coaches were unable to get through to the England top order how to play Mitchell Johnson, Downton decided that he’s tired of dealing with those bloody irritating colonials who speak their mind and used the Ashes whitewash as the ideal opportunity to saddle Kevin Pietersen with the blame.

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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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Warner Bothers

Pretty much every cricket follower must now be familiar with David Warner’s recent Twitter meltdown where he let rip at journalists Robert “Crash” Craddock and Malcolm Conn.  Shakespeare it was not, although we might yet see it used in classrooms – alongside Kenwyn Williams’ Facebook meltdown as examples of how not to do social media.

This is another humiliating incident for the Aussies in the aftermath of the Homeworkgate affair.  We may not be sure if Warner can use a pen to write but he certainly can use a keyboard.  Even if his spelling leaves a bit to be desired.

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Time To Class The IPL As Sports Entertainment

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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Eric Simons Gets It, Why Don’t The ECB?

With David Collier’s senseless outburst yesterday, Yates has spent much of the day wondering what Collier thought he would be able to achieve.  An answer is as far away now as it ever was.  So it was a delight to read that what the Feckless Five at the ECB don’t get, someone else does.

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