Richardson umpiring accuracy

When controversies first exploded in the case of Steve Bucknor, out came his boss, Dave Richardson stating that his umpiring accuracy was 96% back then for the season, which was above the average of 94.8% for the Elite Panel as a whole. What was interesting here is despite all the probing, no details were released on the methodology behind defining this accuracy and system in place to review it.

Contrast that to the well documented and easily available guidelines and systems for team rankings, player performances, player rankings, code of ethics and disciplinary codes. Why, even if someone needs to be inspired to become depressed and suicidal, there is always the well-documented and insane Duckworth-Lewis to be read, for one to reach instant-coffee nirvana with his maker. All of these information about the system surrounding these areas contribute actively in giving a real face to the players and that’s often why no matter how dreadful an action done by a player, even turning up for example, drunk for a match and without your pants, despite the criticism for the action, the player is still loved because they see the system, the effort and the follies of the same, giving it a much more humane touch.

On the other hand, there are no doubts that umpires these days work very hard and constantly strive to be perfect. Anyone digging into the video archives of old matches played decades ago will be shocked to see the quality of umpiring back then. Umpires these days deliver far more brilliant decisions consistently than during those times, but this veil of secrecy/apathy behind their work sometimes make them a lot less enduring to be more accepted for the odd glaring mistakes.

It is a fair argument that in those days, irrespective of how terrible a decision was, players did not make a hue and cry about it like how they do now. But to the defense of the modern day players, it is also to be understood that in those days, players were not remotely scrutinized to the extent subjected by the current media set-up, TV broadcasting, improved camera technologies, ever hyped importance of statisticians and the ICC by itself. You find more documents and rules on anti-corruption for players and interestingly the rest of the stakeholders on a field supposedly has a system but is not disclosed or thought about. read more

India’s compromise

It will be fair to assess them a couple of series later. Gambhir has been outstanding and looks to be the only one in the new crop who has the desire and dedication to play long match winning knocks.

Robin Uthappa has ruined his cricket. Watching him play a couple of year’s ago was mind-blowing with all the shots in the book with naked aggression. His run a ball fifty had just one shot through out and that is where the twenty-20 success seems to have rubbed onto his technique and honestly looks very ordinary. It is with no wonder that he had not scored much in the domestic season this year. I really hope that he goes back and use his earlier techniques and use his fancy footwork and cross-batted chips and slog intelligently. In that match, I thought Pathan batted far better than Uthappa.

India should be quite happy that they reached the finals with a young team on their first outing and that should give them reasonable confidence.

And to the champs, the Aussies, there were deep red problems in their batting and predictably, somehow just when the heat was turning on, they all came to the party. Neilson has to be made the father figure of Australia. How else can you explain a statement which basically means that as long as you are playing well and are in the finals, you can even shit on the umpires hat and hand it back. Of course the umpires will agree too and wear it. With Ponting, Symo back in form, things now looks very good.

On the whole, this has been a boring series, very dull… hopefully, there will be some interesting cricket left to offer in the finals.

Vaas losing his edge

Chaminda Vaas has definitely lost his edge. Like the cunning and highly under-rated fox that he is, he does shows signs here and there once in a while on why he is still in the country’s Jedi Council. It is time for him to hang up his boots and give way to Maharoof, who is a logical and good choice to lead the new ball.

Sang’s is easily the best batsmen in the world but and it must be difficult for him considering how well he plays whacking all the top bowlers early on to their ancestors in Africa. But that is till Jayawardene is around, after which he is forced to prod around, while the rest takes a walk with their dogs to the pitch and back.

Coming to India, their bowling department specifically their fast swing bowlers all had a good tournament and showed there is enough depth. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about spin and there is huge crunch of quality spinners in India and who in the world would have imagined that happening in India.

Sreesanth got walloped and perhaps now knows what the meaning of fear is and hopefully will shut his dancing mouth issuing grand statements and let his bowling do all the talking.

Ishanth has started sledging already… hate to know where all of this is leading. To be fair he bowled superbly, took some wallops as well but on the whole an exciting bowler for India and exciting is not a word you could use for an Indian bowler. 150ks… blow me down and hopefully, he will not transform himself into a Munaf. Speaking of Munaf, I think Greg Chappell completely ruined him.

League conference

Auto-roller, is the brand name of parent company of Autoguide, who have been manufacturing 3ft and 4ft Cricket Rollers for over 80 years. Established in 1926, the company has manufactured, serviced and continually developed their machines in the UK, at Heddington in Wiltshire, whilst maintaining and improving all their features and benefits that has made them so successful around the world.

Auto-Rollers are used at all of the English Test Grounds today. Lords, (the Home of Cricket, as featured on our AD) , Headingley, The Kia Oval, Edgbaston and Trent Bridge to ensure the perfect playing surface for all days of a Test Match.

Steve Rouse, the former Groundsman at Edgbaston, said about the machine: ”The AutoRoller is the best in the World. The machine is ageless and lasts forever. We roll to a depth of two and a half inches dry down and we can be rolling up to 8-10 hours a day pre-season. It takes 12-16 hours to roll a wicket and the crawl speed on the AutoRoller is spot on for this. It does the job, uses no fuel to speak about and is an all round great tool!”

AutoRollers are used extensively throughout Schools, Cricket Clubs and First Class County Cricket Grounds, to ensure the finest cricket wickets for any standard of cricket, to help and maintain an excellent wicket condition. Autoguide also do the Turf Trooper, a cylinder mower ideally suited for cricket grounds outfields. The world’s smallest triple cylinder ride on Mower. It will mow up to two acres per hour with a 1.5m (60?) cutting width.

Independent Safeguarding Authority

The Independent Safeguarding Authority was created under the provisions of the Safeguarding Vulnerable groups Act 2006, with the intention of preventing unsuitable people from working with children and vulnerable adults.

Following the murders of Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells by Ian Huntley (a school caretaker) in 2002, the Bichard Inquiry was commissioned. One of the issues this Inquiry looked at was the way employers recruit people to work with children and vulnerable adults. The Inquiry’s recommendations led to the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 which recognised the need for a single agency to vet all individuals who want to work or volunteer with vulnerable people. The ISA will operate independently of individual government ministers, including the Secretary of State, who is currently in charge of making discretionary barring decisions. Such decisions will now be taken by a board of public appointees.

As a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) they have certain statutory responsibilities and their effectiveness and efficiency will be closely scrutinised by government and stakeholders. In effect the ISA will create a Vetting and Barring agency. The ISA will assess every person who wants to work or volunteer with children or vulnerable adults. They will do this by working closely with the Criminal Records Bureau.

The CRB will receive applications to the ISA and will gather and monitor information. It will also use the information previously found in:-

the Protection of Vulnerable Adults (PoVA) list;

the Protection of Children Act (PoCA) list;

List 99 (a list of people considered unsuitable for work with children, held by the Department for Children, Schools and Families).

The ISA will then assess this information and decide whether to give the individual concerned ISA registration or put them on one of the ISA Barred Lists.
How will this effect clubs

It will be a criminal offence for a club to employ or allow (in the case of a volunteer) any barred person, or a person who is not registered with the ISA to work for any length of time in any regulated activity. Regulated activity is any activity which involves contact with children or vulnerable adults. read more

Americans hope to qualify

Surprise! Surprise! When all the eyes were on the seriousness with which China is internally trying to get cricket going in their country with the help of PCB, silently the Americans are not far behind from the Germans (whoa) in getting a foothold into the cricket fraternity.

Apparently 12 teams including Germany, Mozambique, Nepal, Norway, Vanuatu, Afghanistan, Bahamas, Botswana, Japan, Jersey and Singapore are all going to battle it out in the ICC world league division.

The weirdest thing about this was that the American cricket association, was actually banned for a couple of years for some strange internal political reasons which you come to expect from any sports federation organization, be it the ICC or FIFA. In the recent ICC meet, their suspension was lifted.

What is positive from the Americans is that from the usual takes of baseball, many of their public schools have introduced cricket. As you would come to expect, there would be significantly large numbers of their immigrant citizens from India, Pakistan, Malaysia, South Africa and the West Indies.

On a general note, perhaps with their love for baseball and the similarities of the two sports, it shouldn’t actually be too difficult a proposition for them to make inroads into the cricketing world. One thing I assume will be good from them would be the fielding if they take a leaf out of baseball like what the Australians do.

The other country getting into cricket which basically stunned me is Vanuatu! I plead my ignorance and my curiosity chased me into their association site.

Here is a pic on the boys from Vanuatu learning cricket! From all the bickering and whiplashes happening in world cricket, there is light after all at the end of the tunnel.