Weekly Column

Belt and Braces Bubble.

 November 19, 2020
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For most sportsmen and officials who have experienced life inside a ‘Covid Bubble’ it is not necessarily the rules and regulations of living such a limited life but the lack of choice. Many of them are perfectly happy to spend days in their hotel room on tour, and have done so in the past, but […]

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The Madness must stop

 November 15, 2020
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On Friday evening Cricket South Africa’s lawyers advised the Members Council that, should they choose to defy the Minister of Sport and refuse to appoint and cooperate with the Interim Board of directors, and the Minister cancelled England’s tour of South Africa as a result, then they would have a strong case against him in […]

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Civil war is amongst us – let the good guys win

 November 12, 2020
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The skirmishing has ended. Civil war is now amongst us. Cricket South Africa’s Members Council has discarded its final chance to retrieve any respect or dignity and has declared open hostility against the players and supporters of cricket in this country. There can be no peaceful outcome now. Perhaps this is the way it should, […]

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Running on driveways, eating seagulls

 November 6, 2020
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Most human beings are remarkably resourceful in dealing with adversity. Fishermen have survived at sea for months living on rainwater and seagull flesh. Others have been dragged from collapsed buildings weeks after survival hopes had apparently been extinguished. Often it is not until long after they have been rescued that the strain of what they […]

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Bad-mouthing media is as cheap as it gets

 October 29, 2020
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In years gone by, in happier more prosperous times, Cricket South Africa held its annual Awards dinner at a fancy hotel or conference centre in Johannesburg. They were lavish affairs, to be sure. Pretty much everybody who was anybody involved in cricket was there. The senior administrative teams from the provinces and franchises were invited […]

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Cricket South Africa – a short history of how we got to where we are

 October 22, 2020
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There used to be very few shortcuts onto a provincial board of directors. It took the better part of a lifetime starting at junior or club level where collecting membership fees and raising cash for a new pitch roller would take up many hours of your time. The time playing for the club eventually came […]

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Revolution may be unavoidable

 October 16, 2020
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The stand-off between Cricket South Africa and the Minister of Sport has high stakes – potentially the viability and sustainability of professional cricket in the country. The board of directors, if they really are acting in unison as claimed by acting president, Beresford Williams in his staggeringly arrogant letter to the Minister, Nathie Mthethwa, then […]

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England will arrive to a smouldering battlefield

 October 10, 2020
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Much as we may hope that Cricket South Africa’s problems are starting to be resolved, the truth is that they are not. Worse – it will take years to resolve the legal issues. The greatest individual strength and determination will be required to keep the operational side of the game on track and the national […]

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You can’t hide crimes, if they exist, forever.

 October 2, 2020
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Cricket South Africa’s administration is paralysed and the game is desperately stuttering towards a restart while many of the people who have to make the big decisions are trying to protect themselves and their doomed reputations. The Members Council, which comprises all of the provincial presidents with a president and vice-president added in, is the […]

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A fictional riddle – what is the answer?

 September 23, 2020
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You are the owner of a small book-keeping company with ten employees. Margins are tight but you have run the firm for most of your life and always managed to make ends meet. It’s time to step aside and let someone else take over. An old colleague in the book-keeping business recommends the ‘perfect’ manager […]

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