Re: And surprise! Here we go again...
- From: HVS <usenet@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2010 11:05:06 +0100
On 19 Sep 2010, John Hall wrote
Bob Dubery <megapode@xxxxxxxxx> writes:
There's another issue here I think. In the wake of Hansiegate there
was a period when you didn't quite trust what you were seeing and
thought back to all kinds of incidents in previous matches that looked
just odd or stupid at the time but now seemed more sinister. Sport
needs to be credible, we need to believe that we are seeing opponents
playing with the intent of doing their best. Fixing scandals mean that
everything starts looking suspicious - and so we all lose.
I agree. That's the real problem. It will be very sad if outstanding
performances are thought to have been fixed for no other reason than
that they are outstanding.
And also if all mistakes and errors start to look like match-throwing.
A good example was on Friday, when Afridi got run out in such a casual
manner: watching it at the time, I thought "that's the sort of mistake
that now looks fishy and makes you wonder". And lo and behold, it turns
out that's one of the overs that are being questioned in this case.
Not knowing what the hell we're watching makes you wonder if it's worth
watching at all.
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