Sunday, January 20, 2013

Quote of the Day - 20 January 2013

Paul Lewis' reflection on the dysfunction within New Zealand Cricket is interesting; he opines:


Bond's letter is just the latest cutting for NZC, the greatest self-harmer in NZ sport. The timing of the Taylor dumping, the clumsiness, the denials, the apology, board chairman Chris Moller's assertion that no heads would roll and his mystifying "additional material" comment were the other wounds. Why mention it at all if NZC subsequently decided that "additional material" was only "miscommunication and misunderstanding". Sabotage and dishonesty was all a misunderstanding?
Bond's letter has heaped incredulity on top of insult on top of injury. Better to open up and be transparent about it all. Admit failure, recommend action and execute - then move on. Not doing so is what is harming cricket.
The Black Caps look so harassed and beaten, it's as if they were asked to go out and play the world's leading side naked, blindfolded, with one hand tied behind their backs and with their caps on fire.
In the midst of all this, some have written columns taunting Taylor for being a big girl's blouse and running away to suck his thumb and sulk. Again, if Bond was right, it's clear why he did not go to South Africa. One columnist, Richard Boock, must have been mortified to see his column on Taylor (headlined 'The Incredible Sulk') promoted by a pointer that said 'Steven Boock on why Ross Taylor should have hardened up and gone to South Africa'. Stephen Boock, Richard's brother, is the president of NZC.
See? It's an unholy mess all round. The time for guarding each other's backs at NZC has gone. There's an old saying in sport that the on-field enterprise will not go well unless the off-field administration does its job. It's true, too.
The pain of this dreadful stuff-up will not go away unless some of the people who played a role in it do. Trying to cover up an issue by attempting to staunch the bleeding is usually unsuccessful. The blood often trickles out in the worst possible time and place.
It's better to let the man with the scythe go into the NZC offices, not to emerge until the cleaners go in to deal with the walls.

Obviously, Thomas wrote his column prior to the narrow win over South Africa last night, but his criticism of NZC is entirely justified. This is an unholy mess, which could have been wholly avoided.

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