Since Sharad Pawar saw public opinion turning against him (one advantage to politicians being in cricket) and floated the idea of a possible change to the fascist 2015 world cup, most cricket boards have remained mute.
Perhaps that’s because they didn’t want to open their mouths and admit yet again that they don’t really care about cricket.
Cricket Australia decided to speak out. They want the the 2015 world cup to have maximum credibility.
Forget for one moment they used the phrase maximum credibility and picture this.
By 2015 Ireland could be ranked the 9th ODI side in the world and not be in the world cup.
Now think of the phrase maximum credibility.
I can understand why the Australians have finally taken an interest in the next world cup, they’ve just realised it’s at their place. So it didn’t matter to them that the last two world cups were flabby, but now it does.
The problem is that Cricket Australia’s idea of maximum credibility is flawed.
They told Shaun Tait he couldn’t play in the IPL and then a few weeks later they dropped him from their contracted list.
They had a selector who didn’t watch cricket on TV.
Their chairman of selectors didn’t know that their new spin prospect had only just moved to Perth.
In press releases they use statements they use phrases like cricket stakeholders and maximum credibility.
Their former captain was convinced of technology from over a hundred metres away.
They made a mistake about justifying Nathan Hauritz’s promotion, and then made up a fake plane timetable to justify it.
The selectors claimed they had done a good job after the Ashes.
They gave a struggling coach a three year deal just before he would lose an Ashes and go out in the quarter finals of the world cup.
It now looks entirely possible that they and India helped fix an ICC investigation.
They banned ICL players from coaching youngsters to curry favour with India only to then…
Put forward the name of John Howard even though they knew that he was a dick, that his promotion wouldn’t go through and that New Zealand had a perfectly adequate person for the job.
They told Getty Images that all Ashes books that wanted photos would have to get permission off Cricket Australia.
They picked Phil Hughes for Perth and tried to convince Cameron White he was a test spinner.
When Michael Clarke was booed by the crowd they said he wasn’t, then admitted he was, but talked about how popular he was with young people.
They took a normal List A cricket format and made it more confusing, less exciting and made it resemble no international competition in the world.
They gave Greg Chappell a made up Third Reich title and didn’t seem to know why the players had no idea who chairman of selectors was.
Selected the whole country in their pre-Ashes squad.
I think for maximum credibility Cricket Australia should stop making public statements.