Bhuvaneshwar Kumar had better bowling figures than Ishant Sharma today in the Trent Bridge Test. But it was Ishant who blew the door down with three quick wickets after lunch on Day 3 bowling some sharp in-swing. The game has turned in India’s favour. [Scores]
India 457 after Shami and Bhuvaneshwar added 111 for the last wicket. England were 43-1 in response. [Scores]
Think you’re better than Maria Sharapova when it comes to cricket?
Can you name the 15 cricketers who have captained India in England?
You can? Prove it!
The worst thing that has happened to cricket is the takeover of the ICC by the chairmen of Australia, England and India in constitutional changes which will be rubberstamped today in Melbourne by their craven minions.
Everyone knows this power-grab is utterly unethical, but everyone with a vote has been asked: do you want to say no, or do you want a lucrative tour by India, with all the broadcasting rights you can sell? Or if you feel like a nice soft ICC loan, like the $4m just given to the West Indies board, you have only to ask!
That is Scyld Berry in The Telegraph. It’s easy enough to forgive him his choler — the naked use of carrot and stick, the open and obvious bribery indulged in is enough to get anyone’s goat.
But the hyperbole — oh, the hyperbole. The worst thing to happen to cricket? Really?
There is a scene in the West Wing where one character says the United States today has the mightiest army in human history. To which the Chief of Staff to the President responds:
In human history? Are we comparing ourselves to the Visigoths. adjusted for inflation?
Cricket has stood by while the power of its governing body was systematically eroded over the years — and all members have been complicit. This has resulted in the total absence of anything remotely resembling governance — and that has led to a whole host of ills.
Cricket as a sport has refused to take any action against the cheats in its midst. It has known of and ignored serious allegations of fixing.
Cricket has allowed advertising dollars to dictate everything from the way it is governed, to how players are picked, to who plays who when, where, and what time of day.
Rather than crack down on cheats, cricket has created rules for just how much you can cheat — consider the elbow-straightening rule, to cite just one instance.
Cricket has stood by and watched the game fail in countries that are full members — consider the precarious finances of the West Indies, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Pakistan. The “terrible three” have not yet taken over the game — so what exactly was the incumbent system doing all this while? Wasn’t the Future Tours Program supposed to ensure equitable distribution of tours and fixtures? So what happened there?
I am no fan of Srinivasan, or the BCCI, or indeed the contours of the emerging world order. But to suggest — after over two decades of systemic neglect and a total absence of anything remotely resembling governance — that this is the worst thing to happen? Not so much.
What will happen is that three countries will make more money than the others. But they already are.
What will happen is that the ICC as a governing body will be irrelevant. It already is.
What will happen is that match-fixing, bribery and other ills will be widespread. It already is.
What will happen is that the fan will be increasingly pissed. It already is.
Chill, Scyld — the game, the ecosystem, the world changed while you weren’t listening to the frantic trills of the canary in the coal mine. it’s a touch late to lament now.
Hey, have you checked football lately? Some very intense competition happening just now — can’t recommend it enough.
England cricketers as Kids
So, the Sun’s John Etheridge wrote this story:
And Pietersen took him down, hard:
Yuvraj sums up how everyone felt about RCB this year.
"I do feel ignored and it’s surely not a good feeling," he told PTI. “Yes, it hurts when you are not selected for India. My performance in this year’s IPL is for everyone to see. I can do what’s there in my control. But let me assure you, I might get hurt by the snub but it would not stall my comeback bid. Among the Indian spinners, I believe that I bowled the best.”
To that, I can only say: