When the Pakistan Cricket Board can be said to have more professional intent than you then you really are in deep doo-doo. But that is exactly what has happened today with ESPNCricinfo’s exclusive interview with PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf.
To be fair it wouldn’t take much to improve on the efforts of Ashraf’s predecessor Ijaz Butt, but the determination and clarity of Ashraf’s message is clear. No verbal diarrhoea from this Chairman, just a clear vision of where he wants to get Pakistan cricket and, most importantly, how he’s going to get it there. Ashraf might as well have said “Giles Clarke! Are you listening? Time for you to remain the laughing stock of world cricket.”
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You wouldn’t have gotten any more faeces out of Seedy Giles Clarke if you’d have given him a double dose of Picolax twenty minutes before yesterday’s press conference. Are the ECB now sponsored by Andrex?
What is all this crap about a “Holding camp” and a “Programme”? Some kind of illegal alien alcoholic treatment centre? Drunk Daleks with delirium tremens? Plastered Primords peeing and puking pyrotechnically? Wankered Weeping Angels wobbling off into the night? Has Seedy Giles been talking to Steven Moffat?
Those in charge of English cricket have been shown up as inflated buffoons obsessed with verbal diarrhoea. This was was verbal diarrhoea at its worst from a serial offender. One thing Seedy Giles has managed is to get the word “Re-integration” mocked mercilessly.
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If there is any element of truth in Nick Hoult’s article in today’s Telegraph, it goes to show that Yates was wrong about the Three Stooges. It is The Feckless Five – Hugh Morris, Giles Clarke, David Collier, Geoff Miller and Andy Flower – who are showing their complete unsuitability for working with top level sportsmen.
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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.
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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.
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