You can reply on Third Man to state the facts. England, who won the toss and elected to play cricket, were all out for 192 in the Dubai National Stadium today. Seven of these dismissals were run outs. Seven run outs? Well, they weren’t bowled.
Those who relied on getting that truth from their Sky
Sports Entertainments package were to be disappointed.
So too were those who expected it from the Test Match Special team. Shame on them!
Those at the ground who thought that the umpires might see that the laws of the game were implemented were frankly deluded. That function of course has been taken away from them by the administrators, in case they broke the conspiracy of silence and did their traditional job of policing the laws of the game on the field of play.
And those who relied on those self same administrators in the nearby offices of the ICC to see that such a bowler would not be allowed to participate in a club match let alone a Test match with such an action were whistling in the Dubai sunshine.
Sky, in a bizarre decision showed Ajmal’s “variations” under the microscope of super, super slo-motion, and then had to ignore how these exposed to everyone but their hirelings the full extent of the chucker’s positive and blatant elbow angle and snap, far exceeding even the itravesty of the 15 degree limit – everyone that is but the former cricketers of distinction who are locked into the type of complicity pioneered by wrestling commentators in the 1960s.
Not one of them had the courage or the ethical commitment to say, “He’s bloody chucking them.” UPDATE: back in a London Sky Studio Bob Willis courageously did so.
Hussein legitimized a round the wicket javalin throw as Ajmal’s third variation, the Twousra, or his ‘arm ball’. Botham thought it ‘slingy’. Viewers could sense that he was having to brace himself as he said this.
Over on Test Match Special, a man in bright yellow trousers was looking for buses, seagulls, and naked nuns rather than have to describe the action that was taking place in front of his nose down there on Planet Darts.
Now, for those in the blogging seats, there is always the danger that they will stand accused of being poor losers by ascendant Australians and even belligerant Bangladeshis who not long ago had no problem driving those Ajmal arrows to the boundary.
But the point is that athletics took years to stamp out the use of drugs in its sport. In that time young people had the choice of taking the stuff or working three times as hard and still often finishing behind the cheats.
Do we really want youngsters coming into cricket thinking that this is the way to deliver spin? Do we want those who are doing it the hard and legitimate way to be kept out of teams by cheats who throw the ball?
Do we really want to see the cash we spend on tickets, our subscriptions and licence fees pay for administrators who think this is right or haven’t the guts to take the necessary action to stamp it out ?
Do we want the papers we buy and our license and subscription fees to employ so-called journalists who would rather an easy life than expose and challenge what is going on in the name of cricket?
No. No. No.
The conspiracy of silence from the establishment will do the game no service in the long run.