Giles Clarke, King of English Cricket, read my recent angry and sweary rant against the possibility of an English Premier League, Allen Stanford and everything that that bloody Texan stood for.
Giles consider my weighty words and realised the inevitable logic of my constructive criticism. Agreeing with my assessment that he was a “money gabbing traitor” and was a “total bastard”, he called a halt to all this twenty20 franchise business.
In an interview with Boris Johnson, he stated:
“AYALAC is right. Franchise sport has simply never worked in the UK,"He went on to add,
“I still may be somewhat of a bastard, however.”He qualified this last remark by alluding to the continuing negotiations with Sir Allen,
“I hope to give more details in the days and weeks ahead but I can guarantee that everyone in the game - from playground to Test arena - will benefit from this deal."I really don’t like the sound of that. Ominous, isn’t it? So, we can assume that this “deal” rules out franchises, but not the selling off of English cricket and facilities to some yank.
Watch this space to see if Clarke’s innate bastardliness dissipates further.