ICC Champions Trophy – Epic Fail

ICC Champions Trophy - Epic Fail

The International Cricket Council has confirmed that next month’s Champions Trophy has been postponed until October 2009. With South Africa pulling out and pretty much every other team set to follow suit, it’s no surprise that the competition has been cancelled but the question that now remains is whether the competition has a place in the international cricket calendar.

I’ve yet to understand the need for another 50 over ODI trophy. We have the World Cup every four years. Isn’t that enough? What is the ICC Champions Trophy if not a watered down version of the World Cup? What is the difference apart from fewer teams are invited to take part?

Alec Stewart suggested on TMS the other day that the Champions Trophy should be held every four years rather than its current bi-annual status. He cited the football European Championship as being a competition that fills the four year void between World Cups but the key difference here is the teams taking part. The major teams taking part in the football World Cup and European Championships are different. This is not the case with the cricket World Cup and the ICC Champions Trophy.

As far as I can see, the ICC Champions Trophy is nothing other than another opportunity for the bigwigs in Dubai to milk yet more money out of cricket fans, TV companies and corporate sponsors.

Patrick Kidd over at Line and Length posted the other week about this ridiculous new Champions League Twenty20 that is being shoehorned into the 8 day gap between the ODI’s and Test series between England and India. As I said in the comments, how long will it be before the idiots at the ICC kill the goose that lay the golden egg?

I’m a bit of a traditionalist and prefer Test match cricket but, whether I like it or not, Twenty20 cricket has introduced a whole new audience to the game which can only be good for the long term. However, in typical fashion, the ICC have decided to try to fit in as many Twenty20 games into the calendar to secure more lucrative sponsorship deals.

According to the ICC Mission Statement, one of their key roles is to optimise ‘its commercial rights and properties for the benefit of its Members’. Gotcha. So these tournaments are not for the benefit of the fans of the game, then.

If the ICC had a genuine interest in the game, the players and the fans they would scrap the Champions Trophy, scrap the current bi-annual World Twenty20 tournament and run a Twenty20 World Cup every four years. I’d rather see a tournament that actually meant something to the players than watch the ICC Cash Cow Cup.

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Done a Poo – Monty Panesar

Blinking blimey! A Flintoffs Ashes series that has actually managed to make it to a second post! Whatever will they think of next, eh?

Well in the second instalment of the..ahem..ever popular Done a Poo series, we’re proud to present to you the Sikh of Tweak, Monty Panesar.

Previous Done a Poo posts: Andrew Flintoff

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Flintoff Sledges The West Indies

I’ve set up a new area on the site to put together all of the previous video posts on Flintoffs Ashes as well as the featured videos from the sidebar. Since I don’t have an original thought in my head, I’ve called the section cricket videos.

The first featured video for the new look site was, naturally, one involving Andrew Flintoff. In this one we see the big fella taking on both Dwayne Bravo and Tino Best from the West Indies. The infamous sledge that led to Tino Best getting himself out. ‘Mind the windows, Tino’. Classic.

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New Event For London 2012 Olympic Games

The Beijing Olympic Games has pretty much passed me by. It wasn’t until Saturday that I actually watched any of the action. It seems I picked a pretty good day because I saw Usain Bolt absolutely blitz the opposition in the 100 metres on his way to a new world record. Even for someone who has little or no interest in athletics, it was pretty impressive.

However my Olympic viewing experience took a turn for the worse when I then spent 10 minutes watching the dressage event. How anyone can call that an Olympic sport is beyond me. I’ve not seen so much mincing since I last took a stroll down Old Compton Street.

Anyway it seems that Great Britain has been doing rather well in this Olympic Games. We’ve managed to win 27 medals including 12 golds. By all accounts that’s the best Team GB have done for some time. What’s interesting for me, though, is the events that we’ve excelled at and, as a result, it’s prompted me to write to Seb Coe to suggest a new event for the London 2012 Games.

Olympic Sitting Down.

Have a look at the medals we’ve won so far:

Canoe/Kayak Slalom – 1 silver
Cycling – 6 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze
Equestrian – 2 bronze
Rowing – 2 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze
Sailing – 2 gold, 1 silver

All of these events involve sitting down. We’ve also won 2 golds and a bronze in swimming which is the extreme version of sitting down – lying down. In fact if it weren’t for a pesky bronze medal Team GB accidentally won in the gymnastics, every single medal we’ve won at this years Olympics would involve sitting down.

Forget all those events that involve running or jumping or throwing things a really long way. You know, the sports that all the other countries try to win. We should be spending the next 4 years coming up with Olympic events that involve sitting down if we want to be a dominant force in our own Games.

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Done a Poo – Andrew Flintoff

One of my favourite non-cricket blogs is Scaryduck. It never fails to make me laugh with it’s toilet based humour, the condensed films series and stories involving the author being sick inna hedge. Hey there’s even a slight cricket related edge to the blog with the Scaryduckworth Lewis Method.

One of Scaryducks other blogs is called Done a Poo. Here’s what Mr Duck has to say about the site.

The world lacks, I have decided, a website of badly doctored images containing the words “Done a Poo!” So, here it is.

And you know what? I think he’s onto something here and, therefore, I have decided to take a leaf out of his book and start another series that will go the same way as Photoshop Friday and not survive longer than one post a new series. The world lacks, I have decided, a series of badly doctored cricket images containing the words “Done a Poo!”. So here it is.

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