Paralysis by Analysis

Of course, Paul Collingwood made a particularly crass error of judgement in appealing for Grant Elliott's dismissal yesterday, but he was let off the hook by the fact that New Zealand ultimately won the game.

It seems, however, as though the ICC aren't going to let him get away quite so easily, as he's apparently set to face a suspension for England's repeated failure to maintain an acceptable over-rate in one-day cricket.

With all the time I have for Colly (and that, despite yesterday, is plenty) I think this is great as I have a particular dislike for the way in which modern cricketers seem determined to bowl their overs more and more and more slowly with a complete disregard for the fact that people going to watch Test cricket in particular have paid to see 90 overs in a day and should be entitled to see what they've paid for.

Okay, I doubt if anyone at The Oval was complaining about the late finish yesterday, but that isn't the point. To me, it's all part of modern sport's paralysis by analysis - in cricket the endless culture of team-meetings, video sessions, planning, planning and more planning tends to spill over onto the field, with the result that it takes captains and bowlers longer and longer to set fields and players seem unable to lift a finger without calling for a rehydration drink.

Oh, dear, I'm sounding like Fred Trueman again (or maybe Geoff Boycott). And I don't even come from Yorkshire...


David said...

It's a funny thing, but I have never seen any decent explaination for why over rates have been slowing for so long.

It does not seem to have happened in club cricket.

Brian Carpenter said...

Thanks for dropping by, David, and apologies for the belated reply.

It's probably just the fact that club cricketers are generally playing for fun and not earning their living from the game, so they're less cynical about what they're doing. And, as I've said, I feel that the tendency in modern professional sport to analyse and control everything to death has lead to fields taking longer and longer to place.

Viswanathan said...

I agree with you. For the International cricketers, the fun has gone out of the game.

Having said that, I think cricketers are also subjected to harsh criticism by former cricketers.

This seems to be playing on their mind.

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