Usually a winter thumping brings an even greater edge to the start of a County summer. The sun pokes it’s head out, people are a year older, and there is a freshness to the game. Phrases are often bandied about at this time of year..”Places up for grabs”, “starting afresh”, “green shoots”…
This time, however, no-one wants to talk about cricket. Which is a shame for an imperious looking I. Ron Bell who is accumulating what look like serious early season runs for Warwickshire. It is a shame for Gary Ballance and Sam Robson, both of whom have made April tons with one eye on a spot in a new look England side. It is a shame for Steven Finn, who has taken the most wickets in Division 1 at an average of just 16 after a nightmare winter. On another year, it’d even be a shame for Ed Joyce who has had a dream start, the type usually reserved for the misty-eyed insides of a batsman’s head after a particularly satisfying winter net.
Instead of discussing the merits of these achievements up against each other, instead of pondering the make up of the visiting tourists to come, instead of just feeling happy that my favourite spectator sport is back – I just feel disinterested. Well not disinterested exactly, disenfranchised.
Why? The elephant in the room. Not KP. He is but one part of this.
It is clear that the ECB hold NO INTEREST in dissecting and analysing THE WORST TOUR EVER. They have seemingly rushed to scapegoat ONE member of the “rank and file” whilst COMPLETELY EXONERATING the actual GENERALS who were “running the show” of ANY BLAME WHATSOEVER.
I just felt I needed to say it; I didn’t want to start blogging again about other things without addressing the elephant stinking out the place. ECB, take note.