Yates had some strong words about David Morgan’s review the other night so it would be wrong of me to allow Giles Clarke’s latest utterances to go without a response. Giles needs to stop taking whatever pills he’s been on and wake up. Or perhaps someone would be kind enough to introduce Giles to a clue stick in the form of the Mongoose MMi3. Yates is surprised that someone with the business acumen of Giles Clarke has ended up spouting rubbish and looking like a puppet. Which is exactly what has happened here.
But before I do, what is it about sports administration and governance that attracts or turns people into retards and halfwits? That could be one hell of a long discussion:
Septic Blatter, Numbnuts Srinivasan, Ijaz Butt, Justin Vaughan, now Giles Clarke – all apparently successful yet responsible for some mind blowingly stupid acts and utterances over the years. Yes, there are plenty of others but to catalogue such halfwittery would take time that Yates doesn’t have right now. Don’t forget the chaos within Sri Lankan cricket either.
Anyway, back to the issue at hand. Cricket faces a number of threats. Match fixing is the most discussed issue at the moment. The ACSU’s failure to apprehend corrupt players is an indictment on the ICC. Match fixing has now been confirmed in the English domestic game and could have massive repercussions. The ICC itself doesn’t seem to have any clue how to progress the Associate nations towards test level and was massively rebuked by boards and fans for its initial desire to discount them from the World Cup. Its governance structure is outdated and cannot pass any description of real impartiality and having the interests of the game at heart. It is open to misuse and bad influences by vested interests.
Which leads me nicely onto the greed of the BCCI, which is well known, as is its bullying attitude whenever something it doesn’t like comes along. Like the ICL. Oh yes, Yates will alwsy remember the behaviour of the BCCI and Justin Vaughan. The Board for Control of Cricket In India throws its bloated, greedy weight around every chance it gets.
Meanwhile in England, the vagaries, strangeness and vested interests of local councils threaten our first class counties. Well meaning but ultimately flawed ideas are being mooted to change (and weaken IMO) the domestic structure. More counties are reliant on getting a test match during the season and face financial troubles if they do do not get one; such a business model cannot expand and continue to work. Finally the BBC is considering cuts which would render its radio county cricket coverage only marginally better than that of Planet Rock.
So, what does Giles think is the biggest danger facing cricket? No, it’s not him looking like a sack of faeces tied up with string whenever he’s on television, it’s….