I was talking about this with some friends the other day and we were discussing which players they had good opinions of after meeting them and which they thought less of and why.
I do not watch that much live cricket so my list is heavily weighted towards playing but I am interested in meetings others from CW world have had.
During England tour of SA last year I was bowling at the Eng players in the nets at Centurion. The track was a bit juicy due to the rain, Mike Watkinson told us we could only bowl with old balls and we were told not to go flat out and just take the edge off the delivery.
Anyway, I was bowling at Robert Key and after a few balls you could see he was not that happy. I then pitched 1 up that seamed back (the track was doing a bit). He was not properly forward and it bowled him middle stump through the gap.
I was happy for an instant, but then Key turned around, kicked the stumps over, stormed out of the nets and threw his bat about 20 yards. He packed his bag and disappeared.
I was a little shocked but carried on bowling to Collingwood (who is so fast you could not believe). The rain then came down in buckets. As we were leaving the nets 2 heavily tattooed shaven headed guys came up to us and said “Which 1 of you ****s bowled Robert Key?” I replied that it was me and they told me that they were getting a shirt signed by the players to be auctioned for charity and that Key had stormed out of the nets and refused to sign anything.
What a guy!
My 1st practice session with Notts, when I was a kid, was a pre-season training session. We had to run from Trent Bridge to a facility that was shared with Forest and County. We were then split into groups of 3 for circuit training. I was put in a group comprising of myself, Chris Cairns and Chris Lewis (prob a fast bowlers group). They chatted and joked the entire time and I was in awe. I was so impressed with them. They were real people and seemed like very nice ones as well.
I would love to hear from others about who are nice in person and which are arses