Cricket and criticism

December 23rd, 2012 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

John Weekes at HoS reports:

Sky’s commentators have been told they must be nice to the Black Caps and are not to regurgitate their off-field dramas.

The controversy surrounding the sacking of captain Ross Taylor has fired up debate for the summer game but fans expecting Sky commentators to weigh in will be waiting a long time, the company says.

“We don’t put down sporting codes because we’re in the business of promoting sport,” Sky spokeswoman Kirsty Way said.

Sky and New Zealand Cricket had a business partnership, she said. “It’s natural for our commentators to promote our product.”

Cricket is just a product?

Former New Zealand cricketer and commentator John “Mystery” Morrison said Sky’s policy was “pathetic”. “The day that people don’t debate and argue these issues will be a sad day for the game,” he said.

He said commentators should be allowed to voice their passion and interest and scrutinise the game.

I tend to agree with John.

Sure you don’t want the commentators sledging NZ Cricket between ever over, declaring how much better the team would be playing if it were not for the wallies who did xyz.

But the recent happenings shouldn’t be taboo, and if relevant to the game, commentators should be able to mention them.

Also I hope that the fact NZ Cricket are a business partner doesn’t mean the news and sports shows are instructed to not talk about their problems. I can understand the actual game commentary being a bit sensitive, but the daily news and sports shows should have no restrictions.

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8 Responses to “Cricket and criticism”

  1. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    The New Zealand Cricket execs are taking some countermeasures from the PR play book to shore up their dodgy position. In addition to this, former captains are to be invited to a meeting, which could become an annual event, to provide feedback.

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  2. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    I can do the commentators’ job for them.

    “Oh, what a **wonderful** collapse that was by the Black Caps!
    Beautifully started off by McCallum, out for a duck in the first over going for a heave. Excellent support by the middle-order, chipping in with their own ducks. Poor form by one of the tail-enders who wanted to ruin the show by getting double-figures, but all-in-all, things went exactly as expected.”

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  3. RRM (9,915 comments) says:

    Maybe if they weren’t so abysmally shit at their chosen sport, the TV commentators might have nicer things to say about them?

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  4. Left Right and Centre (2,973 comments) says:

    So I guess you won’t hear John Morrison’s voice on a Sky commentary I take it?

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  5. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    All companies are the same, Max Walker got the arse years back off channel 9 for being less than complimentary about someone or something, Packer sacked him at the end of the day.

    Also its not like the commentators are independent , they are employees of Sky and the contracts with cricket and rugby pay their wages.

    But Richardson and Smith in particular have been scathing regards NZC on their radio shows , so its only the SKy TV where you wont hear them venting.

    And yes DPF, cricket is just a product as is all sport for TV, a shit product presently but a product none the less.

    And DPF if you were an employee of company XYZ and you openly criticised a business partner in a public forum when the business partner was a large part of your employers income, how long are you going to last

    [DPF: I'm not sure the sporting code is the customer. I think the people paying $90 a month are the customers, and they want good commentary, nit propaganda]

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  6. TimG_Oz (862 comments) says:

    To be fair, they don’t want them discussing off field issues. On field performance should be fair game.

    It’s not like NZ Cricket hasn’t had to face a few off field issues in the past:

    – Glenn Turners (un)availability
    – Hadlee’s car
    – Spats between Turner/Hadlee/Coney
    – Various captaincy spats (Crowe/Rutherford, JJ Crowe/Wright)
    – Bomb blasts and forcing players to tour (Sri Lanka, Pakistan)
    – Trying to maim selves and/or captains in the nets (C Cairns/D Morrison)
    – Late night adventures (too many to name)
    – Sex Scandals
    – Drug Scandals
    – ICL unavailability
    – More spats between players.
    – Jesse Ryder, Jesse Ryder, Jesse Ryder

    [Add your own here]

    This latest one (Taylor/McCullum) is particularly farcical, but we are talking about the Keystone Kops of world cricket here.

    And very seldom do any of these ever rate a mention with the commentators…..ever…

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  7. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    So, having had plenty of practice, NZ Cricket should be well able to manage the latest imbroglio?

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  8. Longknives (4,737 comments) says:

    “Max Walker got the arse years back off channel 9 for being less than complimentary about someone or something,”

    Someone mentioned Max Walker’s sacking? That’s got to be a prompt for some twelfth man

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