[Nixonstown] So, the most oft-disgraced character in the history of the national game has dared to raise his face again in the name of attention - he may have yet another name, but the endemic deceit ridden in his conduct leads everyone from the Twybridge U11 reserve team to the leadership of the Test XI to know his identity, and his blatant guilt.
For those unfamiliar with the Nichanigate saga that led to the second mass walkout in the history of the national side being threatened, the CricketWeb Times will retell. The midst of the team's inaugural World Cup campaign was thrown into disarray when newly called-up, uncapped batsman Nikhil Nichani declared his desire for the team to be defeated. Thanks to the selfless actions of young wicketkeeper Jamee Gray, this betrayal of all that International cricket stands for was exposed, and a display of team solidarity that evoked the spirit of the rebellion led to the removal of Nichani from the World Cup squad and his first "retirement".
Weeks later, Nichani displayed the fact that his previous statement of retirement was just as watertight as the US and UK governments' claims about WMD, or the Titanic post-Iceberg. His return was met with equal derision by members of the Players' Association, who overwhelmingly opposed his inclusion in any side. Following a parting shot of a despicable claim that everyone who thought he supported the CW XI had "no mind", Nichani then retired once more, claiming that he wouldn't return until he was forgiven.
Another lie. This week he crawled back into the sullied limelight, and with disciples Bennett and Jellett, is set to claim that betrayal, deceit, lies and double-crosses are an acceptable part of the nation's cricket community.
The fate of a country is at stake.