John Weekes at HoS reports:
Sky’s cricket 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.Tags: cricket, Sky TV
The Dom Post editorial:
New Zealand Cricket has a talent for mimicry. Sadly it has chosen the wrong body to mimic. Instead of modelling itself on South Africa, India or another cricketing powerhouse, it has chosen the Labour Party. For David Shearer read Ross Taylor; for David Cunliffe read Brendon McCullum, the defeated contender in a two-horse race for the captaincy last year.
I think NZ Cricket should sue for defamation!Tags: cricket, Dominion Post, editorials, Labour
The Herald reports:
New Zealand Cricket says claims some New Zealand cricketers have been allegedly involved in match-fixing simply aren’t credible. …
Players for all the main cricketing nations took part, the bookmakers claimed, and New Zealanders were currently being offered to bookmakers to help fix matches.
One bookmaker claimed to have fixed matches with two New Zealand players – who he named – in 2010. The newspaper did not publish the names.
Last night New Zealand Cricket Players’ Association boss Heath Mills told the Herald the allegations were a slur on every player in New Zealand.
I don’t think our players throw games, because they get paid to do so. I think they just play like crap occasionally regardless of financial incentive!
Indian model Poonam Pandey is not the first and probably won’t be the last in vowing to strip naked if her country wins a major sports event.
Her promise to strip naked if India wins the cricket World Cup is similar to that of Paraguyan model Larissa Riquelme at last year’s football World Cup.
Riquelme chose to follow through with her promise even though Paraguay didn’t win the World Cup. …
British newspaper website, Metro.co.uk, quoted Pandey as saying: “I’m confident of my body and I’m doing this to excite our boys to play better.”
Will Sri Lanka match this incentive?Tags: cricket, Fun Things
That was the question I asked when I saw the headline in the Dominion Post that “Key may stop Black Caps’ Zimbabwe tour”.
In fact not even Muldoon tried to stop a NZ team from travelling overseas.
But as I read the full article, I realised that it is not as bad as I thought. Basically NZ Cricket doesn’t want to tour Zimbabwe (understandably) but if they refuse they get fined massively by the ICC.
However if the Govt declares they are “ordering” the team not to tour, then they escape the ICC fine.
So I can understand that any such “order” would be to actually help NZ Cricket out. But nevertheless I think one needs to be very careful about the notion that the Government can order any private sporting body what to do.Tags: cricket, John Key, Zimbabwe