Kaymo’s Korner: Some are more equal than others

2014-01-28 10:00

In the context of this column, let’s say the definitions of morality or ethicality are not so broad so as to be open to diverse interpretations.

Let’s assume this because it seems as if only one thing is clear: when money is involved, the cricket controlling bodies of England, Australia and India have little appreciation of the accepted norms of open and honest dealings between partners.

Their joint proposal to do a “Pinky and the Brain” scam on world cricket reeks of arrogance. But this hardly comes as a surprise.

Like the laboratory mice in those cartoons, their intentions are far from good and the intention is clearly that when the dim, silent nations open their eyes, the cricket world will be far different from what they know.

They are the richest cricket boards in the world and they want to keep the money flowing only among themselves.

It is a case of the rich getting richer and the poor, well, you know how the saying goes?...

Another issue that comes up is that of poor test match attendances in South Africa.

The big three, who contribute the most in terms of fans and revenue, must have thought they were justified in cutting big chunks for themselves and leaving crumbs for the rest.

What else would you expect from countries with a suspect and undistinguished past when it comes to cricket and the administration of the game, charmingly and sometimes accurately described as being played by white-flannelled fools?

Where does one start with the English and the Australians?

Oh yes, they were the ones, along with New Zealand, who bucked the trend of the Imperial Cricket Conference (the International Cricket Council’s forerunner) and played lily-white South African test teams during the brutally repressive apartheid era without even batting an eyelid.

It was an extreme case of the very same imperialism that is so prevalent today but at the time it seemed administrators had granite backs, not the worm-like incarnations that have infested the boardrooms of today.

They had no regard of the abnormal sport they partook in with a South African team representative of an abhorrent system of racial oppression.

They were the same nations who discriminated against their own players of colour when South Africa came knocking.

Somehow we thought that as things changed sociopolitically, so too would cricket administration. But they’ve unerringly stayed the same.

Lest we forget, the English were the first “rebel tourists” in 1982 and the Australians did not pass up the opportunity when it came around in 1985/86.

Many of those dastardly players found employment within their respective boards and also got further opportunities to represent their countries.

India’s case is mind-boggling for they are now in cahoots with the country that once spurned them, viewed them as second-class citizens and for years resisted their entry into international cricket as equal and competitive partners.

But India are now the ballers of world cricket and with their new money seemed to have adopted the prejudicial habits they were once victims of.

Not so long ago, Australia stayed away from India like an baby refusing vegetables, actually staying away from the Asian subcontinent with their veto power that allowed them to tour where and when they wanted.

Then again, it was the same Cricket Australia board that sold its own players down the river during the “Monkeygate” scandal of the 2007/08 tour down under.

The power that money has is amazing to say the least. If we thought George Orwell’s Animal Farm would play in all other spheres of society except cricket, we did not read between the lines.

All animals are equal in the cricket world, but some are more equal than others.

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