All entries for Saturday 07 February 2009
February 07, 2009
First it was the pedalo.
Then it was the awful Stanford Cup.
Then Pietersen/Moores, soon to be made into a film starring Michael Sheen.
Now it’s the Indian Premier League.
English cricket’s gone bad.
If you didn’t see this week’s auction of players, have a look. It makes the money-grabbing antics of football look perfectly reasonable. There’s something quite wrong about players being fought over by rich benefactors in the lovechild of a Christie’s selling room and a press conference.
And as for the suggestion that players should somehow share the cash with their poor colleagues back in Blighty? Pffff… Ha…! No chance. These selfish players and their WAGS need the money for more holidays. Although, of course, cricket is just one long holiday already. When did the England team last play a league match in England?
Football gets criticised for being ostentatious, overblown and ruined by commercialism. But at least it started in the boardroom.
Cricket’s new obsession with money is being driven almost solely by the players.