It was sad, but the end has truly come. A form of cricket died this week.
Only a few fans turned up to the ground that doesn’t feel like it’s for cricket. It’s hidden in such a remote location most cricket fans don’t want to go there. The travel weary fan who did make it, barely showed any emotion as painfully slow scoring predictable game just inched its way towards a climax no one cared about.
At the Sydney Olympic Stadium on the 14thof December, T20 Cricket died. It will be missed. That’s what happens when a largely pointless game is played in front of no crowd, isn’t it.
But no, despite the many many many obituaries to T20 cricket this week, Jesse Ryder saved it with his 75 off 26. But, even with that, and a 162 in a first class game, Jesse couldn’t save New Zealand cricket.
McCullum, the captain of all three formats until he is accidentally fired, wants Jesse, but who doesn’t?
The NZC have apologised to former captain,”The board has reviewed all aspects of the captaincy issue and wishes to publicly place on record its apologies to Ross Taylor and his family for the manner in which events have unfolded.
“No heads are going to roll,” Chris Moller, NZC chairman said. “There were no hanging offences in all of this. Yeah, the ball’s been dropped, absolutely. Could we have done things better? Absolutely. Are we going to learn from those mistakes? Well we hope so. Is there any reason for anybody to have their heads taken off? No, and that is a decision the board has made.” Makes you wonder what mistakes would get you fired by NZC, other than an accident. A country can lose their best player for a Test series because of incredible ineptitude and no one can lose their head.
But thanks to Martin Crowe, one New Zealand cricket blazer was burnt.@MartinCrowe299 “Burnt NZ cricket blazer Dec 7, 2012. RIP.” Although it turned out later that it was a metaphorical blazer, and the real one remained in Crowe’s closet.
In other parts of the world, administrators apparently go out of their way to save their captains. That’s if former Indian selectorMohinder Amarnath, is to be trusted. He has claimed that Srinivasan did not approve the unanimous decision to sack Dhoni after their 8 is enough losses against England and Australia. Amarnath went on to say “Neither will I say yes nor will I deny it, okay.”
The new Indian selection panel has not done much better than Amarnath’s lot. On a brilliant cricket pitch made to Test batsmen and bowlers, in front of a captivated audience, India struggled to fightback against England’s latest boy wonder, Joe Root. It seems weird that there is a world where a person who looks like a 12 year old boy can bring down N Srinivasan’s personal selection.
In Hobart for the first time since Kumar Sangakkara was dreadfully sawn off in one of the best innings ever made by a human, Sri Lanka have turned up with a bowling attack that no one, even themselves, seems that keen on. Plus they have to face their nemesis, Phil Hughes.
The other big cricket game this week was the final of the Visually impaired T20 World Cup in India, which was won by India. You can imagine how hard visually impaired cricket is by watching how hard most of us make non-visually impaired cricket look. India defeated the Pakistani team, who in visually impaired cricket are thee best there is. Earlier in the week, the captain of Pakistan’s team,Zeeshan Abbasi, had drunk diluted acid. Depending on where you read about it, he’d either drank it accidentally, or had been poisoned because of the cricket. Either way, he drank acid, and that sucks.
This week in the Indian province of Uttar Pradesh, something even more disgusting happened. A 15 year old boy was allegedly killed when he dropped a catch during a match with friends. This is a real death, of a real boy. A cricketer just playing with his friends. I mean the kid was 15, he’s supposed to drop catches, fumble run outs and give away overthrows. He is not supposed to die for it. In some reports he was identified as Simran.
The thought of anyone dying because of a cricket match, whether it be a Test or game at an Oval Maidan, is, well, it’s sick and wrong, and it’s hard to work out how something like this could happen.
While cricket is often darker than the gentlemanly image it likes to project, death should not be a result of playing some cricket.
This week when a petition to cancel Pakistan’s tour to India was circulated on the internet in honour of those killed in Mumbai. The petition was aimed at Indian politicianSushil Kumar Shinde, and currently has 49 supporters in a country of a few billion. Surely cricket is something that should inspire these two countries to come closer together, not be used as a political pawn by people with dark agendas.
If the tour does go ahead, which it should, it will do so without Pakistan’s new batting coach, Inzi. However, Pakistan will travel with their psychologist, which may say more about Pakistan cricket than anything else. It is a shame that Inzi won’t be in the nets with the lads, as it would have been interesting to see how he could do throw downs while sitting in a chair.
Another lumbering cult hero did well this week. This very website, espnCRICINFO, defeated the evil American multinational internet consumer-to-cobsumer auction site. We defeated them 383,000 hits to 140,000 hits made by UK civil servants while at work. We also beat Amazon, and comeonyouspurs, which is a country and western themed site.
While our win was stunning, the best win of the week has to go to the Melbourne Stars (the team that copied the Pakistan shirts) who won a T20 match by batting for 13 balls thanks to Duckworth Lewis, the Perth Scorchers, umpires who wanted to play in the wet and a spell of bowling by Lasith Malinga of 6 wickets for 7 runs. A special mention should go to Hinton Charterhouse who collected their first win in four attempts in Division 1 of the Bath Indoor League. They defeated fellow strugglers Bath Hospitals by 56 runs.
Although the biggest winner was Shakib Al Hasan who married his Minnestoan girlfriendUmme Ahmed Shishir in Dhaka this week. There is no truth in the rumour that Tamim Iqbal tried to marry her earlier, but flamed out after a good start.
Tamim’s favourite ground Lord’s, became ever more posh this week when the MCC was given Royal Charter by the Queen herseld. This does not mean Allen Stanford once landed on royalty, but it does mean that the MCC members cannot be sued as individuals. It will make those potential Middlesex Derbyshire T20 clashes at Lord’s that much more special.
Almost as important as a Royal sanction, the West Indies now have cricket’s favourite word, Premier, in their domestic structure. The Caribbean Premier League will have six teams, dancing girls and average domestic cricketers playing ordinary shots of part time spinners.
This week Rob Quiney won a match for the Melbourne Stars by leaving a ball. Saving T20 cricket, one leave at a time.
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