Kaymo’s Korner: Three tours hold the key to cricket

2014-02-07 10:00

Sanity has prevailed in the short term for world cricket, with the “position paper” proposal getting the proverbial dead-bat forward defensive at the quarterly meeting of the International Cricket Council (ICC) this week.

Whatever the small four did to keep the big three at bay, it needs to be applauded.

As for the other three, they know where their bread is buttered, but history will judge them harshly.

There is one grave, underlying question that remains unasked: what have they risked that has given them so much courage to show the big three the middle finger?

The cold truth is that there will be retribution from Cricket Australia, the England and Wales Cricket Board, and the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

Inevitably, like a miserly spinner on a worn track on day five of a test match, the three richest boards will wear the poorer ones down financially.

Threetours in the short term hold the key in terms of the direction cricket is taking: India visiting England and Australia this year, and next year’s Ashes series.

We are talking some serious cash that will be flowing through the same conduits for the next year or so.

Sri Lanka, Pakistan, South Africa and Bangladesh can count the test matches they are going to play over the same period on one hand.

That is how big the gap has grown between rich and poor in the game.

There’s no need for me to trot out the “money talks” line, but the big three are wounded and, given some of the overblown egos involved, will doubtless be out to exact revenge for having been denied their greedy desires.

But ramifications or not, the show of strength from the other boards was necessary for the future of the game.

A concentration of power among three self-serving countries will lead to a desertification of the sport internationally.

Compared with the speed at which rugby and soccer are growing, the last thing cricket needs is to be cutting off its developmental stem cells.

The lame duck ICC and its poor excuse for a leadership structure have not done well in spreading the gospel of the game.

The fact that cricket is still tied to its colonial roots is testament to its stagnation and its inability to innovate.

Its battle with the introduction of technology only serves to highlight this.

The biggest and most painful pill to swallow is that the ICC is headed by a South African, Dave Richardson, yet his silence is deafening.

Irish philosopher Edmund Burke was spot-on when he said the triumph of evil is when good men do nothing.

Some good men with little money but stout principles have done something.

They may end up paying the price somewhere along the line, but they have stood up to the schoolyard bullies.

In doing so, they have prevented a situation that might briefly have worked for the three money-hungry tyrants but seemed certain to reduce cricket to a boring series of reruns.

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