Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Quality of Test Cricket and IPL League

 Most of the contents are reproduced from elsewhere and any errors are mine.

Quality of Test Cricket and IPL League

I have avoided writing about cricket, especially Sri-Lankan cricket.

But I am surprised by ex-cricket captain Vaughan's proposal for League games in test cricket (Michael Paul Vaughan OBE (born 29 October 1974 is a retired cricketer who represented Yorkshire and England. A classically elegant right-handed batsman and occasional off-spinner, Vaughan was ranked one of the best batsmen in the world following the 2002/03 Ashes, in which he scored 633 runs, including three centuries. Vaughan was an opening batsman and forged a successful England partnership with Marcus Trescothick, though he often batted in the middle order for England. He was the captain of the England team when they regained the Ashes in 2005, eighteen years after having last won the trophy.) 

I like Michael for his cricket as much as Terry Wogan for his humour which ordinary UK citizens lack (Veteran BBC broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan who died aged 77, after a short illness. In a statement, the family said: "Sir Terry Wogan died today after a short but brave battle with cancer. BBC director general Tony Hall said: "Terry truly was a national treasure. He was well known for his subtle Irish humour. 

I woke up to his voice on radio everyday when working in UK).

But my real heartthrob was Trevor Chesterfield.

His down to earth critical analysis of our cricket at its prime before world cup trump was excellent.

I have said before in my blog space that downfall of test cricket is due to T20 and IPL league.

That is the cancer,ailing cricket! 

Everybody including Vaughan conveniently avoid talking about IPL and its relationship (it is a scientific correlation which cricket commentators do not understand).

The phrases like “bit of gardening and agricultural shots come from Sunil Gavaskar and Indian commentators.

Not only Indians kill Cricket but Queen's language, too.

They have betting houses too.

The money corrupts everything including cricket (inclusive of money paid to commentators).

ICC CEOs are also hell bent on making profit and John Richardson's comment on this issue is not a gut reaction but the general apathy in cricket administration in all countries.

(David John Richardson -born 16 September 1959 in Johannesburg- was a South African former cricketer and current CEO of the International Cricket Council.)

Other reason for downfall of Sri-Lankan cricket is the cricketers taking over administration in a long list of mis-managers greedy of money and the last in that list is Sanath Jayasuriya who is directly responsible by his political tricks in selecting the team.

If I do not mention about Nisantha the brother of Arjuna in the same line as Sanath for our ruination in cricket, I am doing injustice to mother of cricket England.

We cannot think of an administrator like Ana Punchihewa after 21 years of SLFP domination in politics including cricket.

We have forgotten also the contribution of late Gaminie Dissanayake to cricket.

My suggestion for Vaughan is to demote our cricket to “Agricultural Cricket”which IPL has promoted and forget about league games.

I think England cricketers are doing a good job of it currently.

The third reason is our commentators are promoting few players with behind the scene shoddy deals with the players.

A good example is Lihiru Thirimanne.

What he has contributed (for example winning a game not drawing) is an open question.

Coming back to Trever Chesterfield, I can remember his comment about Chandimal when he was introduced to our team for the world cup.

He asked “Who is this man Chandimal? in a cricketing sense.

That comment has made Chandimal to mature over time.

But no Sri-Lankan commentator asked “Who is this man Thirimanne?

If they did his contribution and especially his cricketing maturity would have progressed.

Our young cricketers are blown out out of proportion by the journalists and in that process they kill them for life.

Unfortunately we do not have Trever or anybody with similar intent to inculcate some sense into our cricket.

His comments were made "not to destroy the players but to bring maximum out" from budding cricketers  from an early age.

I think Sanath should resign if we are to make headway.

UNP is headless and heedless by allowing Dayasiri to become the sports minister.

These are the very reasons I have lost interest in Sri-Lankan cricket but I have all the memories of Mahela and his century (the world cup we lost) and how Sanga messed it up by balling our Indian (money) boy, Malinga.

There were many reasons to believe manipulations in there before the final was played including politicians and political interference.

It is interesting to note a man who comes from decades of "bookie family" is heading our cricket board.

We will never recover from this ordeal, until we are demoted in cricket for some time!

Then we have to look up not down! 
I think losing is the manifestation of the inherent corruption.

Less I say anything about Angelo is better for my sanity.

He is steering a sinking ship and I do not wish to put the blame on his shoulders.

Like others he was pushed up prematurely and burning himself out.
He came in as a baller who could bat and transgressing to batmen who could ball.

The statistics of his balling in all forms of cricket is what is needed.

He does not lead by example.

At least balling a few overs to rest the fast ballers, instead of using Rangana is my recipe.

The recurrent injury to our fast ballers is malady he is creating.

Whereas Malinga's freecky injuries are encouraged by default to play IPL.

Then undercutting the players for the captaincy role is a disease, they inherit from our corrupt politicians.

Big Bang is necessary to patch up or seal the gaping holes in our cricket.

He is becoming lazy.

That's what the captaincy does to many Sri-Lankans cricketers.

Arjuna was a classic example.

The photo above was sent to me by Trevor Chesterfield on April 1, in one of his final e-mails to me. “It was taken the day Shoaib [Akthar] retired,” he told me proudly. As an accredited ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 correspondent, Chesterfield was present during all World Cup games played in Sri Lanka, where he was able to bid farewell to the Pakistani paceman.
On March 31, I wrote to him inquiring about his health, as I had not heard from him in several days, which was unusual.
“All going well, I have a story for you - shall send later. Health is fine - enjoyed being home last night for the first time. Paula enjoyed it as well,” he replied the same day, appreciating the break after the World Cup semi-finals and the time spent with his Sri Lankan wife Paula.
Chesterfield passed away today at the age of 75 in the sunny seaside town of Moratuwa, where he called home. With his passing, his column ‘My Pavilion Kitbag’ now comes to an end.
For those who care deeply about Sri Lanka cricket, Chesterfield’s passing comes as a gut-wrenching blow. He was one of only a few journalists in Sri Lanka willing to be openly critical about the administrators, ensuring Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) played fair. His articles were a valuable source of information to Sri Lanka cricket fans around the globe.
But Chesterfield was often misunderstood. Some failed to understand his sense of humour, mistaking it for what they thought was jeering from a foreigner. Had they known Chesterfield, they would have come to realise that it would be hard to love Sri Lanka – the birth nation of his wife – any more than he did. He had, after all, settled down on the shores of the island after falling in love with its people and its beauty.