I think we fail to recognise the 'contribution' of those who did so badly that one wonders why they were there in the first place and how they would have managed to live the rest of their lives faced with this same unspoken query in the eyes of everyone who recognised them and recalled what they had done or, more often, so magnificiently failed to do.
I refer to those who played the game, or officiated in it or were administrators and di a terrible terrible job.
I am asking at first for nominations.
Here is mine.
Led his country in a test series in England, scored a grand total of 33 runs in the six innings of the three test series, did not bowl a single ball, lost the series, sent back one of his leading batsmen back from tour mainly because he was in the employment of a rival, and generally made himself as unpleasant as he could. But that came naturally to this caricaturists delight who, after his disastrous (he never ever saw it that way) short (thank God) career, forced himself upos millions of Indians as a permanent fixture on cricket commentarry teams where even more irritating than his arrogant pomousity was the fawning of his fellow commentators.
This was the short, plump and bespectacled moron called Vijaya Ananda, the Maharajah of Vijayanagram, better known as Vizzy who was knighted for his services to the game after that tour to England !!!
PS : The nominees need not be spectacular failures in statistical terms. Anyone who you feel made a fool of himself in a matter connected to the game (preferably though on the field) is a potential candidate. Did I hear Darryl....something ?