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    Tony Greig - Cowdrey Lecture

    Who allowed this old fool to take charge of the Cowdrey Lecture? We've gone from one of the greatest and most pertinent speeches, from Dravid, to this old fool.

    MCC Spirit of Cricket Lecture: Tony Greig implores India to govern for the world game | Cricket News | Marylebone Cricket Club | ESPN Cricinfo - Greig, one of the founders of the ICL, calls India out on for being money-hungry. Not so much interest when his finger isn't in the pie.

    This is the essence of Greig and why he shouldn't be allowed near a commentary mike, a lecture or the game in general: Tony Greig: A racist with a Channel Nine 'job for life' | Green Left Weekly

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    He may be an old fool, but he's absolutely right that the ICC is subservient to the BCCI.

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    Quoting a publication called 'Green Left Weekly' lol.

    Pull your head in. He's been in cricket longer than you've been alive, so obviously has seen many changes through the course of history. He's more than qualified to give an address of this nature.
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    Quote Originally Posted by benchmark00 View Post
    Quoting a publication called 'Green Left Weekly' lol.

    Pull your head in. He's been in cricket longer than you've been alive, so obviously has seen many changes through the course of history. He's more than qualified to give an address of this nature.
    Irrelevant who wrote the article, it sums him up nicely.

    Who gives a hoot if he's been around for years? Shall we get Ravi Shastri on and see what he makes of it all? Maybe he'll wear a purple cap along.

    If you can't see the hypocrisy of a man who helped launch a rebel competition given the lecturn to speak on the growth of the world game, then fire at India for being greedy, then I don't hold out much hope for you.


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    Some of Greigs speech.


    Before examining the specific issues, we must acknowledge and praise India for embracing the spirit
    of cricket through the financial opportunities it provides, which has enabled a number of Test playing
    countries to survive, and some to thrive. World cricket would be in a sorry state if it werenít for the money
    shared with other countries from Indiaís television deals. You can imagine the indebtedness to India of
    those cricket boards, which are able to negotiate a tour with the Board of Control for Cricket in India
    (BCCI) to their country. It generates a spike in the host countryís revenue that they will not see until
    India chooses to come again.
    World cricket would also struggle if India didnít have such sophisticated administrators as it does. More
    recently, India has found a way to involve its wealthiest entrepreneurs and Bollywood stars through the
    ownership of its IPL teams.
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    God that article's written by an idiot or a person so far up his own arse its not even funny. Going on t him for saying 'The Indians' Greig's been politically incorrect and sometimes downright inappropriate but it'd be a push to say he's downright racist.

    Greig ni the lecture actually goes more into the damage that the structure of the ICC causes international cricket and the influence of the BCCI on the voting process he says the IPL is too long but hardly criticises it for much other than the fact that the BCCI's board is tied to the franchise owners more than to governing cricket.

    He suggests regional T20 leagues and a shortening of the IPL so it can be provisioned with a window in international cricket which is hardly a bad thing. The regional T20 leagues would most probably aid the development of cricket in the smaller cricketing countries like Bangladesh and Windies (financially).

    The lecture isn't bad it does suggest some pretty interesting stuff and ideas.
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    Listened live and liked.
    My knowledge of cricket is still inferior but he surely made a few valid points Id say, right?

    And the Green Leaf whatever with Tony poaching players
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    Meh, didn't agree with some of it, but did with much of the rest of it. Whether you agree or disagree, he certainly is qualified to speak on the issue and I don't think he has said anything outrageous enough to warrant the reaction from the OP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenLeftWeekly
    Now, instead of the ICL, it seems that Greig will have to suffice from the blood money of the genocidal state of Sri Lanka, whom he was appointed tourism ambassador of in March.
    What a ridiculous statement. The article is making a mountain out of Greig's ethnocentric tendencies - tendencies almost everyone has exhibited at some point in time.

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    Green Left Weekly in writing something idiotic shocker
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spark View Post
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    Why is Green Left Weekly writing on cricket at all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    Why is Green Left Weekly writing on cricket at all?
    To make my life as miserable as possible, obviously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
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    To make my life as miserable as possible, obviously.
    Now that you finally have toilet paper surely your life has improved?

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