How the game should be. Fun, carefree. Great photo by Photosightfaces
Trying and failing is fine. Flailing around in public is another thing altogether. Ever since the depressing World Cup, I’ve gotten more news about cricket politics than cricket scores. It’s actually disgusting. Who are the top newsmakers in Sri Lankan cricket? Nishantha Ranathunga, Duleep Mendis, Mahindananda Aluthgamage – old, portly and dodgy politicos and their catchers. The latest fiasco is the SLPL and assorted flailing about whether these guys will fly to India for meetings or not. Who cares? Just play cricket.
The Sri Lanka Premier League is not a terrible idea, especially if it encouraged more local talent. The IPL does that and highlights a lot of people who couldn’t make their national squad. Our tournament, however, seems to be motivated more by money and spite than actual love for the game. The contract was given to an unheard of company (Somerset Entertainment Ventures), incorporated in 2010. The TV was given to a channel headed by the cricket secretary and run by the President’s son and his girlfriend. Then they act confused when no one wants to play their game.
The latest news via Island Cricket is that Indian players aren’t going to play. Which means no one cares, least of all advertisers and TV stations, meaning that this SLPL will have no international audience. This sucks for them but it also sucks for me because they’ve been releasing the cricket board’s various feints and urgent travel plans as press releases, and the Daily Mirror has been covering them.
SMS is a great medium for following test cricket, but it’s merely irritating for following the machinations of the cricket board. I feel really bad for the Sri Lanka cricketers and I feel bad for the fans. The board is just supposed to set up the games and get out of the way. Now they’re front and center, and cricket is on the sidelines. They should all be fired, from the Sports Minister on down.