“If it looks too good to be true…

it is normally too good to be true.” I remember Deborah Meaden saying this in one episode of the Dragon’s Den on BBC. Perhaps the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) should have taken the step into the Dragon’s Den to check whether the offer from Sir Allen Stanford was a good idea before they signed the deal for the US$ 20 million Twenty20 series? Of course it is really easy to look back in hindsight and point the finger but the stories that are now being rolled out can hardly be good for the sport. And when even a Swede is talking cricket you know there is something seriously wrong.

The whole thing to me looked like something that really should not belong in sports. Here is the rich American bloke, apparently with a big interest in cricket, who simply decided to buy himself a match series. When the TV pictures of him with wives and girlfriends of England players on his lap were shown to the world I have a feeling there were more than a few eyebrows raised.  So where did this go wrong? Some would spell it money and perhaps there is some truth to that. Was this a way for the ECB to stop their players from going to India to play in the lucrative Premier League? Possibly. And if they had not managed to do that, then what kind of press would they have had? The tricky thing is that the short term decisions that seem to save us for the moment are not always right for the sport long term. There are a long list of examples of that as athletes very seldom are interested in thinking long term. Their careers are way to short for that. It is the officials that will always sit there with the responsibility, accountability and unfortunately way too often also the blame!

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1 Response to ““If it looks too good to be true…”


  1. 1 Nicholas Major February 20, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Hello DOC!
    I don’t know anything about this cricket thing (the news did not reach Sweden) BUT some of you statements are very valid in my business, the Automotive industry, at the moment.
    “The tricky thing is that the short term decisions that seem to save us for the moment are not always right for the sport long term” fits very well to the discussion about weather or not the Swedish government should “save” SAAB. I guess the tricky part of “the tricky thing” is to actually predict what is the best decision for the future though!
    Have a nice weekend!
    Dr Nova


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