There has been a lot of discussion about the severity of the punishments handed out to Steven Smith, Cameron Bancroft and David Warner, The Cheating Three (hereafter called TCT).
There has also been some fantastic coverage, notably by Geoff Lemon and Adam Collins. Yates raises his glass to Geoff and Adam for their work and hopes they’re enjoying a decent rest.
Let’s bring some clear headedness and context to the punishments handed out. No judgements about the conduct, no smugness, just keeping it real.
Continue reading The Cheating Three
A sportsman recognised all over the world. A tragic death. A trial with massive media attention. The name of the victim being almost forgotten. A policeman discredited on the stand. A contraversial verdict.
Yates could be writing about the Oscar Pistorius trial or the OJ Simpson trial in 1995. After today’s bail decision by Magistrate Desmond Nair, the similarities are striking.
Continue reading Will OP Become South Africa’s OJ?
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.
Continue reading What If…?
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.
Continue reading Eric Simons Gets It, Why Don’t The ECB?
David “Jabba The Hutt” Collier reckons that, although he hasn’t seen any of the BBM messages, the whole KPGate incident was an attempt by the South African team to provoke Kevin Pietersen and disrupt team morale.
The first thought that comes to mind is what the hell was Collier doing going on Sportsweek to discuss KPGate? Surely it is now supposed to be under a clear process which will be behind closed doors and thus merits a “this is not up for discussion” response.
Hardly the act of a Chief Executive who is supportive of the “re-integration” process and objective. Hardly the act of a Chief Executive who can be trusted – remember there is supposed to be a bond of trust between employer and employee.
Continue reading Shut Up Jabba!
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.
Continue reading Garbage & Class: Hugh Morris & Andrew Strauss
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.
Continue reading South Africa Now #1 Rated Test Team