As a straight living guy who can sleep easy at night, I’m thankful to be able to say that I have no knowledge of what drives the politics and make up of ICC, so I am not sure what the significance is of the president, Sharad Pawar asking the board to reconsider it’s original decision to boot the associate and affiliate nations out of the 2015 world cup for money, sorry, I mean the good of cricket.
Two comments I have read and heard in the aftermath of the announcement today pretty much sum up the ICC and it’s decision making process and the lack of regard it is held in.
“The sporting world we live in now is driven by greed, money, and television holds the key to everything and no doubt that was the basis for a lot of their decisions.” Irish spinner Andrew White.
“I would like to think that the decision has been revisited as a result of a reflection on their duty to the sport as a whole but I suspect the reaction and the condemnation has had something to do with it.” Warren Deutrom, Cricket Ireland chief executive.
I believe both to be correct, there isn’t much doubt now that this was a purely financial decision, as White basically says.
While Deutrom believes that ICC are only looking into the decision because of all the fuss kicked up, rather than their duty to the good of the game – I couldn’t agree more.
Ideally, I would like to believe that the constant berating of the ICC through Twitter and online petitions and forums had something to do with it!