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.
Continue reading Hey Dave! An Open Letter To David Richardson
A few days ago Danish Kaneria lost another appeal against his punishment for corruption. Yes, another appeal after his previous one was rejected. Yesterday the Pakistan Cricket Board did the right thing and endorsed that verdict and therefore the ban.
About bloody time!
Continue reading Kaneria Life Ban Confirmed: About Bloody Time!
While the investigations into and subsequent proceedings against Kaneria & Westfield were going on, Yates wondered what sort of advice Westfield in particular was receiving. In particular Yates was wondering just how conciliatory towards the ECB Westfield had been.
An attitude of acceptance that wrong had been done and a desire to try and put some things right by helping to educate others would surely have been a sensible way to go. While we do not know everything that was said in the ECB’s hearings over Westfield, we do know that he was banned from first-class cricket for five years and recreational cricket for three in addition to the time he had already served at Her Majesty’s pleasure.
It may have looked a harsh penalty, as if the ECB were making an example out of Westfield. The player himself has let it be known that he feels hard done by but today’s statements at the Kaneria hearing may shed some welcome light on matters.
Continue reading Mervyn Westfield – Angry Young…?
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.
Continue reading Kaneria, Butt and “Is It Cos I Is From Pakistan?”
Yates writes this entry with a heavy heart and a sense of dread. When Yates says that Essex are a club which he had supported for 30 years until moving south of the River Thames you may understand why.
Yesterday’s sentencing of Mervyn Westfield will be remembered more for the explosive revelations made in the run up to lunch more than the fact that Westfield got a 4 month sentence. Those following Richard DJ Edwards’ excellent live Tweeting of the sentencing saw bombshell after bombshell land which must surely have a devastating effect on Essex cricket in particular.
Continue reading Westfield Conviction & A Question I Dread To Ask…