Instead of anticipating the start of the Ashes series, Yates has some strong words for the ECB. Instead of policing cricket properly and pushing for the ICC to start doing the same thing, the ECB seems intent on trying to police YouTube clips. Specifically one of the best cricket channels on YouTube, that run by Rob Moody (see his Twitter feed here). Continue reading ECB Greedy Buggers
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.
For the last two nights Yates has tried in vain to watch live coverage of the New Zealand v England test match. The operative phrase here is in vain. Yates’ family has a Virgin Media subscription, lots of sports channels because we all have different sporting interests. Other family members like motor sports, F1, speedway, NFL and Yates likes the cricket.
The TV Anywhere service is allocated to Yates to keep the cricket off the big screen tv in the lounge. That keeps Yates’ mother happy because she hates cricket and keeps the Yates’ knackers free from being headbutted by the parents’ dog. For those who don’t know, the TV Anywhere service is Virgin’s equivalent of SkyGo – “watch your favourite channels anywhere you have an internet connection” being the general claim. However, the truth of it, the experience if you will, is something rather different.
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.
Today’s announcement by the ECB that Brit Insurance has chosen not to extend its sponsorship of the England Cricket Team has again highlighted the need for professionalism, transparency and consistency in sports governance. The recent events surrounding KPGate have highlighted poor performance by senior ECB management which must surely have adversely impacted on the Brit Insurance brand, to the extent that Brit have had enough.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.