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It’s just not cricket
he attendance of New Zealand cricketing legend, Richard Hadlee, at the Conventions & Incentives
New Zealand Conference this year (page 62) had me thinking about the good old days when bowlers
like Jeff Thompson and Dennis Lillee and the West Indies’ Curtly Ambrose and Malcolm Marshall
bowled flat out at hapless batsmen on wickets that offered plenty of bounce and movement.
Today there has been a lot said about how the pitches favour the batsmen and not the bowlers.*
This was reinforced twice in the last month when a game between New Zealand and a Cricket Australia XI
team was abandoned because the pitch was deemed too dangerous to play on. And then, a couple of weeks
later, the Sheffield Shield game in Sydney between NSW and Victoria was also abandoned.
Somebody correct me if I’m wrong but I can’t actually recall two games within a couple of weeks of each
other being cancelled because of safety concerns for the players.
Like a lot of cricket enthusiasts I watch the odd game being played in India and am amazed at some of
the pitches over there which continue to be played on when they’ve got holes and cracks all over them.
I just wonder whether these latest incidents on Australian soil are yet another example of our over-the-top
obsession with safety.
Our feature article this week (page 8-10) centres around safety at events and whether because there is
now so much bureaucracy placed on the creation and management of events it is stifling creativity.
Certainly the challenges are there, and naturally all the event planners and operators we spoke to are
heavily focused on the safety of attendees and everybody involved.
What was surprising is the majority believe that the imperative of occupational health and safety
requirements today simply means that planners have to be more creative to continue to give their clients
what they want – the wow factor.
Perhaps like the events industry the world’s fast bowlers will have to find new and innovative ways to get
the over-protected batsmen out... if, of course, they’re allowed on the park.
*I admit that I have a soft spot for bowlers with my son a fast bowler (as fast as you can be at 13) and his
coach having just played for Australia in the U19 side, and being selected in the Cricket Australia XI that was
due to play New Zealand prior to the First Test in Brisbane. Unfortunately the game being abandoned meant
he didn’t even get a crack at the Kiwis. No doubt there will be a next time! m
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