Wisden on ICC’s global ambitions.
A good article by Wisden editor Mathew Engel on the foolishness of ICC’s global ambitions.
Writing in his Notes by the Editor, Engel highlights the bloated 2007 World Cup schedule (47 days as opposed to 16 for the Olympics and 31 for football’s version) as an example of how things have gone wrong. “The ballooning of the World Cup derives from one fact alone: the delusion of expansion. From well-intentioned beginnings, this has now become an outright menace. The error is right up there at the start of the ICC’s mission statement. It will lead, it says, ‘by promoting the game as a global sport’. It should change its mission statement.
Wisden’s choice of cricketers of the year are usually quite a joke (Flintoff, of course, fully deserved his), but on this, I can’t agree more with him.