ECB In Couldn’t Manage An Orgy In A Brothel Shocker

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.

It’s not Andrew Strauss to whom Yates is referring, nor is it necessarily Andy Flower (although it has to be said that Yates is revising his opinions of Flower in light of recent events), but the Managing Director of the England Cricket, former Glamorgan and England batsman Hugh Morris.

Morris was in situ when the KP – Peter Moores spat occurred and if memory serves it was Morris’ decision that KP’s statement that he could no longer work with Moores constituted KP’s resignation from the England captaincy.  I wonder if Morris took the same line here? KP didn’t want to play ODI cricket so that’s effectively a resignation from his ECB central contract.

Most of us have to manage our varying workloads so our bodies don’t break down in one way or another.  And most of us are capable of sensibly deciding which things we have to refrain from going to or doing to ensure that we are able to perform our best at our jobs.  So when a player comes to you and says “I’ve looked things over and it’s time to knock the ODIs on the head” you look at the reasons why and when you’re dealing with an exceptional talent (or in businessballs speak “a resource you want to retain”) you look at a way to retain that player and make the best use of the resources he brings.

The best managers are flexible, even within a framework or a structure.  The best managers get the best out of all their talent.  The best managers recognise an exceptional talent or a driven character and alter their approaches appropriately. The best managers realise when the framework or structure needs to be tweaked to get the best from their talent.  The best managers are not bound like gimps to lines of rules and policies.

Who are the gimps in the ECB?  Morris? Flower? Collier? Clarke?

Until the roles of each of them in the recent Twitter decision are clearly known, Yates’ views on Andy Flower will remain under review.  Yes, Yates is questioning his faith in Flower.  The man who displayed balls of steel in his black armband protest against Robert Mugabe seems to have had them retracted or chopped off since joining the ECB.

Why wasn’t there some kind of renegotiation?  The ECB should know by now that people as driven as KP often see things in a very clear way and sometimes need to be presented with a compromise option that doesn’t look like a retreat for either side.  George Dobell provides more insight on that in his ESPNCricinfo article.  Bandon Decker provides more words in favour of KP in The Forward Defensive.  In Drawing The Stumps, Amy reminds us that Andrew Strauss was allowed to not play T20 and ODIs yet retain his central contract.  One rule for one, one for another? As Mike Gatting once famously said in a test match in Pakistan.

But the ECB are clearly incapable of doing something positive like that.  The ECB have inflicted a real belter of an injury upon themselves and the England T20 team.  A real kick in the knackers from a New Rock boot.  To do so just before a World T20 tournament is stupid and unforgivable.

Ian Botham once branded the TCCB (what the ECB used to be called many years back) management “Gin slinging dodderers”.  Quite what KP thinks of the ECB is right now is anybody’s guess.  If KP thinks of the ECB what Yates is thinking of the ECB then be assured it isn’t pretty. A quick Google for the “gin slinging dodderers” phrase brings up this interesting article from Personnel Today dated February 2000.  It’s about mismanagement in the ECB.  Interesting stuff.

Yates hopes that this “resignation” will mean KP will be able to turn out more for Surrey.

Just because the West Indies are touring is no excuse to start behaving like the Wildly Incompetent Clueless Buffoons of the WICB.  There are too many meaningless ODIs played.  Like the upcoming series against a transitioning Australia.  Those days should have been allocated to another test against South Africa.  The top two test sides in the world should battle for the number 1 spot over a 5 test series.

Writing this gives Yates no pleasure.  England should be putting out their strongest side for tests and meaningful ODI and T20I games.  That strongest side includes Kevin Pietersen.  If the ECB really think that is not the case then they really couldn’t manage an orgy in a brothel.