For those of us deemed “outside cricket”, who follow the game and ask the awkward questions that have seen us branded with the OC monicker, Jarrod Kimber and Sam Collins’ Death of A Gentleman is confirmation of the slime, sleaze, conflicts of interest and corruption at the heart of cricket’s global governance. If you like or love cricket and aren’t aware of or up to date with the happenings in the game’s governance then you need to see this film. No ifs or buts, you must see this film.
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.
Thanks to Bob Willis’ moaning about England “ball tampering” during the Champions Trophy and people looking for a story, the ICC have suddenly decided to “empower” umpires with regards to dealing with ball tampering. Umpires will now be free to act on any suspicions they have, regardless of any lack of eye witness or camera evidence.
By taking this decision, the ICC have both vindicated Darrell Hair’s stance in the now infamous Oval test of 2006 and also put themselves in a precarious position. In the Oval test Umpire Hair believed that the condition of the ball had been changed by Pakistan and awarded 5 penalty runs to England. Pakistan refused to take the field after tea and rightly forfeited the match, as the Laws of Cricket required.
Yates has kept quiet about the ICC cricket committee vote rigging issue up to now because it’s pretty obvious that here at DCTWO the BCCI is regarded as a self serving, greedy, bullying and malign influence on the game of cricket. As the head of the BCCI Numbnuts Srinivasan is the man who sets the tone for the way things are done in that organisation.
The trial is over. Though we still have the inevitable appeals to come. The fixer and the three cricketers are now spending their time at the invitation of Her Britannic Majesty as sentenced by Mr Justice Cooke, whose comments are worth reading.
This whole thing has been bemusing, bewitching, infuriating, confounding but above all deeply saddening. As revelation after revelation was reported on Twitter by @Cricketer_RDJ, Yates could be seen going about his work with looks of all those feelings on his face. The game Yates loves, the game which stood as a byword for everything right and proper, the game Yates has spent years of his life watching, discussing and following has been betrayed, vilely soiled upon from a great height.
And it may never be the same again.
The annual self-congratulatory ICC Awards bash is being held today. There will be the usual awards which won’t really inspire, surprise or generate pages of discussion on the internet. Unless we include the “OMG! Why isn’t SACHIN the winner of every award?” fandrones out there.
Cynical? Maybe. But what purpose does this bash actually serve other than a self-promotion tool for the ICC?
So let’s jazz things up a bit by suggesting a few awards of our own for Haroon Lorgat to consider. Let’s start the ball rolling with a couple of suggestions…