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Tag: United States

Imagine the Worst Possible International Cricket Board– USACA is Worse

Oh my God. Just read through Peter Della Penna’s interview with former USA cricket manager Imran Khan. There’s just so much worth quoting. Like the fact that Khan has $250 belonging to USACA, but no one will even tell him how to return it. And how the apathetic association won’t meet with major potential sponsors like Yahoo and Cisco. But these three excerpts are especially heart-breaking, jaw-dropping:

I always write a very extensive tour report, extremely detailed tour report. It covers everything from the initial practice sessions, selection, all the way up to team management, kits, resources, travel itinerary, to how individual players how I rated them in accordance to their behavior – off the field stuff because Lamby deals with on field stuff – so it’s very extensive. [..] The only response I’ve ever had is, ‘Your reports are too long. Nobody reads them.’

On how New Zealand bowler Dipak Patel was left high and dry:

Well [Dipak Patel] was promised the earth and some more. He was promised, in my presence, he was promised the main coaching job in the US, responsible for its development. [..] Dipak was even talking about moving his family to the US and how he would convey that to his family and how his wife and kids would react to that. [..] So it got down to quite a level and then once the tour ended, it finished. So that whole thing was baloney. It was BS.

And on the parochialism:

There should be a certain amount of etiquette and diligence in the way you deal with the situation but these guys don’t have that because they have that back home mentality, that tribal third-class mentality. They bring it over and they’ve been doing it for God knows how long and I don’t think it’s going to stop them today.

Bleddy USACA. And this is just part 1 of the interview.

The Very Last Thing on Willow TV: a Boredwaani

I was invited to appear on a couple of episodes of the popular podcast Boredwaani on Bored Cricket Crazy Indians, the first of which is up on their site today.

In this episode, Samir Chopra, the Cricket Couch and I talk about our experiences with Willow TV both as past loyal customers as well as the more recent issues.

Thanks to Subash, Samir and Homer for making this happen.

Cricket and Baseball Meet at the Baseball Hall of Fame

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This year, the Baseball Hall of Fame will host an exhibition on cricket and its common roots with baseball. It opens April 16:

On Sunday, April 17, special programs will feature the Haverford College varsity cricket team – the only one of its kind in the United States – in a variety of public demonstrations and presentations. Plans and programs are still in the development stages for the Hall of Fame’s Cricket Weekend, June 3-5, with additional details to be announced soon.

Highlights include equipment used and worn by “Derek Jeter and Andrew Flintoff, Bengie Molina and Adam Gilchrist, Kumar Sangakkara, Paul Collingwood, Robin Wallace and Charlotte Edwards and Shahid Afridi”. That’s a lot of ands.

Los Angeles Gangs Take Up Cricket

The Sun has a story so ridiculous it sounds like it came out of The Onion. A British film producer and a charity worker set up the team, teaching cricket to gang members in Los Angeles as a force of good (its “civilising quality”). Every sentence in the article is jaw-dropping. You can’t make this stuff up:

Two of the original Compton Cricket Club – also known as The Homies and The Popz – have died. But that is a decent survival rate for around here.

And, since the stereotype would not be complete without hip-hop–

Isaac and Theo play in the team – and also make up a hip-hop duo who rap about the sport. The lyrics include:

The respect of cricket etiquette is how we’re hanging.

Stick it out for the long haul, Make a phone call To the President It’s evident I represent my hood with this cricket ball.

Oh and there’s more– tea at Buckingham Palace, a dude who can’t tour with the team because that would constitute a parole violation, trash cans for stumps.

(via Ducking Beamers)