Yet again the ECB have not covered themselves in glory when trying to deal with the fall out at the end of the first class cricket season – the Durham/Hampshire/Kent issue last year and Middlesex and the cross bow match this!
Whilst there has been a lot of ‘sniping’ between the two teams relegated from Division One this year, there is a wider point to be considered. As well as needing to re-write the protocols when a match is abandoned/cancelled etc beyond the control of either team e.g rain, bad light, cross bows, umpires ‘call’ and so forth so that everyone knows who can decide what and when at such an abandonment – and these need to be clear at the start of the season, the question I pose is what do all the ‘suits’ at the ECB actually do?
From their website there seems to be an awful lot of them covering every conceivable area of cricket development and management across England and Wales but how can they make such poor PR decisions and processes, now for two years in a row? They seem to cost a lot but I wonder if some of the job titles/positions are taken from the excellent BBC2 comedy ‘W1A’ – interminable meetings of people clearly over-promoted and full of their own self-importance; a case of ‘life imitating art’?