What I’ve Learned This Summer: Blaise Murphet
The 2011/2012 summer of cricket is quickly drawing to a close, and in years to come, we’ll look back with sepia-tinged goggles and reminisce fondly about Pup’s three-hundred, KP’s return to form, and Doug Bracewell’s spell at Hobart. At The Sledge, we get nostalgic about things very quickly; as such, we’ve asked some of the brightest cricket writers from around the world to put together pieces on What They’ve Learned This Summer.
The ICC have lost the plot COMPLETELY.
Whether it is the scrapping of the test championship, the lack of leadership on the DRS, more cricket cheats uncovered without the knowledge of cricket’s corruption body or meaningless and frustrating two match test series, there is no doubt that cricket’s central body has become even more of a joke. Haroon Lorgat, the Chief Executive of the International Cricket Council, is now leaving as well so it’s a critical time, and if the ICC wants to retain ANY relevance they must name a strong candidate to lead.
Despite the lack of strong leadership, cricket is in a fantastic phase.
Gone are the days of strong dominance by any one country, and instead we have fantastically close and intriguing series. Who would have thought that Pakistan would sweep England in tests only for England to return the favor in the shorter forms? Who would have thought that world beating India would be humbled in all forms of cricket by Australia and Sri Lanka? And who would have even considered that New Zealand would triumph on Australian soil? What a fantastic summer!
Chris Gayle may be lost forever.
Sadly, this summer has also taught me that one of the most exciting cricketers of this generation will never play for his national side again. It seems that far too much water is now under the bridge for Chris Gayle to make a return for the Windies. Neither side seems even the slight bit interested in budging and Gayle isn’t getting any younger. The Australian tour of the West Indies would have been the perfect chance for Gayle to reprise the form he showed in his last tour of Australia with his national side, when he scored magnificent hundreds in Adelaide and Perth. But the man who has been a solitary light for the Caribbean for so long looks destined to be a full-time cricket mercenary, plying his trade in domestic T20 tournaments from India to Zimbabwe. A damn shame.
Blaise Murphet is tall, handsome, and can talk cricket until you fall in love with the game. He writes for World Cricket Watch.
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