Well Spun Lie

04-07-2018 10:07

A vinceunlimited blog article from 2 May 2007

A close up the author, facing left, wearing a white shirt and clutching a red cricket ball

The author wondering why cricket is played in white, when on a grass pitch using a bright red ball

I couldn’t give a flying off-spin for cricket.

I was forced to endure it as a school child and my only contribution was to suggest they use a lighter ball, such as was used in tennis.  I didn’t see the point then and don’t much care for it now.

All this would make you wonder why I became engrossed in the events of the recent world tournament.

It had nothing to do with the on pitch shenanigans but the more interesting, albeit tragic, story of the murderous death of the Australian born Pakistani coach, Bob Woolmer.

As has become fashionable in such circumstances the question was soon posed as to what to do to honour the respected coach.

After much [?] consultation the Pakistani team decided to play on.  Noting, no doubt, that Bob Woolmer was a fan as well as cricket enthusiast so would have liked to see the game continue.  So Pakistan dutifully played on, a match which they lost incidentally.

What troubles me is this notion spilled out regularly on these occasions that a dead person would appreciate the symbolic agreement of a professional sports team to carry on in their honour.

I know nothing of Bob Woolmer but would have been much more impressed by his reputation if Pakistan had called the match off and retired from the tournament.

I’d be even more impressed if they had cancelled the actual tournament.

Or postponed all cricket altogether for five years.

So remember, if you hear of my untimely demise, don’t think I would want you all to just carry on regardless as if nothing had happened.  I’m stating right now, for the record, that I want nothing less than true despair.

Throwing yourself on a six-foot spike would seem the right thing to do.

Or, at the very least cancel cricket.

Author: Vince Poynter
From the Blog and Sports sections of the vinceunlimited.co.uk website dated 4 Jul 2018
First Published: Version 2.04 on 2 May 2007

The image is of the author clutching a cricket ball during a stage performance of A Cricket Match, one part of Alan Ayckbourn’s play Intimate Exchanges

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