Analysis: Cricket’s guardians are losing the plot
The saga around the new draft proposition paper to be referred to the ICC continues to drag on. Cricket South Africa has asked for the proposal to be withdrawn as it is “fundamentally flawed” and “ in breach of the ICC Constitution”. The matter is likely to carry on for some time, but more and more it’s looking as though the game’s supposed guardians are losing the plot. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
FICA boils over on the ICC coup; Cricket Australia blows bubbles
FICA, the organisation which speaks for player associations across the world, has issued a statement regarding the new ICC proposition paper. Unsurprisingly, and rightly, FICA is rather irked by the whole thing. Meanwhile, Cricket Australia has become the first one of the “big three” to spe...
Cricket: The mystery of the Lorgat witch-hunt, unravelled
And so, finally, we know why the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have been so keen to sideline Haroon Lorgat, and why English and Australian administrators sided with them in agreeing to a witch-hunt that would keep the former International Cricket Council CEO sidelined while those three countries stage a hostile takeover of the game. By KEN BORLAND.
ICC draft position paper: A slap in the face to the Code of Ethics
The position paper put together by the BCCI, ECB and CA has gone against the ICC Code of Ethics in every possible way. The chorus of those asking for the paper to be withdrawn is growing, and the paper itself has gone beyond having some points of merit to being something which isn’t even ethical. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
What cricket fans can learn from the Coventry City protest
During Friday night’s FA Cup tie between Arsenal and Coventry City, the visiting fans launched a subtle protest which was very much supported by the home fans. Football supporters in England are a crafty bunch who are very curious about the running of their clubs. It’s about time cricket fa...
Siphe Mzaidume and the hoaxers’ hall of fame
Siphe Mzaidume isn’t the first sportsman and won’t be the last to tell tall stories. In fact, just a few years ago, another cricketer foxed an English county into believing he was something he wasn’t. While Mzaidume’s is a story that will soon be forgotten, it should still should serve as a reminder for us to question everything.
Cricket’s coming coup
A cricket coup d'état is looming and there is almost nothing that can be done about it. A new proposal, which will be presented to the ICC, suggests that the ECB, CA and BCCI get most of the power and the money, and will generally be wrapped in cotton wool. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Siphe Mzaidume, top spinner – of yarns
Siphe Mzaidume’s claims of the system not allowing black cricketers any opportunities are looking more and more outlandish following revelations that he is prone to telling tall stories. Furthermore, an assessment of players who were in a team with him shows that every single player was assisted by Cricket South Africa. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
In pictures: Floyd Mayweather meets Baby Jake’s legend
Floyd “Money” Mayweather arrived in Johannesburg on Wednesday, greeted by a throng of fans at OR Tambo. The undefeated world champ in five divisions, with eight world titles, visited Soweto's Dube Boxing Gym on Thursday, home of the late South African legend “Baby Jake” Matlala. GREG NICOLSON was there amongst the sweat, razzmatazz, and celebrity mayhem.
Offside, accountability – and a painful loss for Newcastle
Newcastle lost 0-2 to Manchester City at St. James’ Park. It was no ordinary loss as it involved an offside decision which stirred a massive debate. It left players and fans – both at the game and following it at home – confused and frustrated. Those who run the sport need to be more accountable for such decisions. They also need to take responsibility for giving fans more, because they deserve it. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Siphe Mzaidume, the mistaken poster child
Over the weekend, Siphe Mzaidume became what many thought to be the poster child for what is wrong with transformation in South African cricket. Sure, the system is flawed and it still needs work, but an unknown club cricketer who has not even played county cricket certainly isn’t the best example of its failings. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Test cricket: the sport’s second-class citizen
The Test Championship is likely never to happen, despite all the hype surrounding it before. According to reports, sponsors and broadcasters are turning up their noses at the idea. It’s a pretty rough hand for countries like South Africa which, despite their on-field performances, continue to draw the short straw when it comes to scheduling. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.