Australian news June 10, 2011

Action against Katich unlikely - Sutherland

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James Sutherland, the Cricket Australia chief executive, doubts any action will be taken against Simon Katich for his tirade against CA and the national selectors.

However Sutherland has taken issue with Katich's contention that the naming of a 17-man squad prior to the first Ashes Test in Brisbane last year, in order to appease the demands of the CA marketing department, had destabilised the team.

CA were sent scurrying for a response by Katich's bold address at the SCG on Friday morning, and Sutherland emerged from a concurrent board meeting to say it was unlikely that Katich would be penalised before his central contract expired on June 30.

"I understand that Simon's disappointed and that he's made comments along those lines today but I don't see that CA will be taking action for those comments," Sutherland said. "My view and the Cricket Australia board's view is that it is right for people to be able to make their subjective judgements but it crosses the line when there are any suggestions about the integrity of individual members of the selection panel, the panel as a group, or the processes they engage in to make these selections.

"I am not necessarily saying Simon has entirely called them into question in that fashion but Cricket Australia stands by them in terms of their integrity and the process they go through."

Sutherland said he was "not happy" with Katich's public pronouncements but would seek him out personally to discuss them rather than charging him with bringing the game into disrepute over public comments, an area usually within the remit of the head of cricket operations, Michael Brown.

"The simple answer is yes, Simon could have expressed his views more privately. But he chose to do that in the manner that he did," Sutherland said. "I'm not making a complaint about that. I know Simon did have some discussions with the Australian Cricketers' Association to explore that. If that's not some sort of avenue to at least understand what his rights might be then I'm not sure what is."

More divisive was Katich's view that the Ashes campaign had been damaged by the selection of a 17-man squad that could be announced via a public event at Sydney's Circular Quay. The announcement was a fizzer, attracting few spectators or television viewers, and things would only get worse from there.

"It's fair to say that has come up from time to time in discussions, certainly something in the review. My personal view on that is that as professional sportsman you live in a world of competition," Sutherland said. "You compete against other teams, you compete against other people for spots in teams, and if the process of selection means you have a squad of 13 or 14 or whatever it might be before a Test match, or even 17, well so be it.

"People live in that competitive world, and if anyone can cope with that, it is elite athletes, elite cricketers. I don't see how someone who has the mental toughness and strength to compete in Test cricket at the highest level how that should affect them too much. At the same time I acknowledge that it wasn't an ideal situation, and perhaps looking back on it we would've done it slightly differently."

As for the growing tide of opinion that the selectors should be full-time employees, Sutherland said there were "no immediate plans" to change the current system, but hinted that may change after the Argus review had concluded.

"At the moment we have a selection panel of three, Greg Chappell is a full-time employee, there are no immediate plans for that, but there is a review under way and it is quite obvious that one of the topics of discussion within the review process has been about selection," he said.

Daniel Brettig and Brydon Coverdale are assistant editors at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Clyde on June 13, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    I don't see any action being taken against Mr Sutherland.

  • Okakaboka on June 12, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    Yes...Action should be taken against Katich. He should be flogged...errrr...um....No! Given a medal for trying to save Australian Cricket from becoming a laughing stock. Hilditch, Neilsen, Sutherland & Co have destroyed our National team. Careers have been ruined by these SFB clowns. Just read the number of bloggers who agree. Some players seem to have the Roth of Hilditch: What did O'Keefe, Hodge, Copeland, etc say or do?????? "His mum wears Army boots????" We should all send Hilditch a plastic flower that squirts water, a big red plastic nose and a propeller hat. HILDITCH....YOU ARE SO FIRED!!!!!!

  • Rahul_78 on June 12, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    @crikey Well Said! 100% agree with you. What has happened has been shameful and disgraceful. Morally and professionally.

  • Purdey on June 11, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    Sutherland came into his job at a good time for Australian cricket and for a long time didn't need to make any hard decisions. Things have changed and Sutherland has been exposed. I agree with the comment that he looked like John Cleese this week. Why would you even try to justify the stupidity of the squad of 17? Then there is the looming disaster of the Big Bash League. Who seriously thinks that the Australian public is going to embrace a competition which will see someone playing Shield and 50 overs cricket (yes, they got rid of that 45 over split innings nonsense) for one State and 20 overs for another. As a concept it is bound to fail. It is sad that Australian cricket has got itself into this position. I also agree with the comment that CA is akin to our government. They are both weak, prone to stupid decisions and making a mess of things generally.

  • popcorn on June 11, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    And yet, we have no explanation for dropping Simon Katich. Instead, like in 2005 when he was dropped after The Ashes,he has been asked to pile up runs - he did that then and got re - selected. But this time, he is already scoring runs! And Michael Clarke is adding his voice tio this? ! Simon Katich should score runs for NSW, and when he gets a call to play again for the Australian Test Team,he should say, - p - - - - s.

  • on June 11, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    Sutherland has no spine & sticks with Hilditch who makes damaging decisions - drop him. Hilditch is a joke and apparently doesn't rate our spinners for more than 2 Tests - drop him. Clarke can't score runs when the team needs them & having a captain who's nickname is 'Pup' doesn't bode well - drop him. Ponting & both Husseys are too old - drop them. If Katich was dropped for 'rebuilding' then so should the above. Pack of idiots.

  • AndrewFromOz on June 11, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    Sutherland is sounding like John Cleese in the stoning scene from "The Life of Brian" warning Katich: "You are only making it worse for yourself". Fair dinkum! Monty Python would be better selectors than the current crop of clowns!

  • on June 11, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    My understanding is that the selection criteria for our national team is based on merit. The best XI possible who are fit enough to play on the day. Now they are trying to tell us it's the XI who 'might' be good enough to play in the 'future' and it's done by selectors who suddenly think they are psychologists and fortune tellers! You may as well select the team from the local U 16's because they 'might' be good enough to play in the future and they 'will' be available the Ashes series in 2020

  • on June 11, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    "At the same time I acknowledge that it wasn't an ideal situation, and perhaps looking back on it we would've done it slightly differently."

    That's a strange way of admitting that it was an incredibly, incredibly stupid thing to do. Perhaps he should choose his words better.

  • on June 11, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    @AndyZaltzmannsHair Respect!

  • Clyde on June 13, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    I don't see any action being taken against Mr Sutherland.

  • Okakaboka on June 12, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    Yes...Action should be taken against Katich. He should be flogged...errrr...um....No! Given a medal for trying to save Australian Cricket from becoming a laughing stock. Hilditch, Neilsen, Sutherland & Co have destroyed our National team. Careers have been ruined by these SFB clowns. Just read the number of bloggers who agree. Some players seem to have the Roth of Hilditch: What did O'Keefe, Hodge, Copeland, etc say or do?????? "His mum wears Army boots????" We should all send Hilditch a plastic flower that squirts water, a big red plastic nose and a propeller hat. HILDITCH....YOU ARE SO FIRED!!!!!!

  • Rahul_78 on June 12, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    @crikey Well Said! 100% agree with you. What has happened has been shameful and disgraceful. Morally and professionally.

  • Purdey on June 11, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    Sutherland came into his job at a good time for Australian cricket and for a long time didn't need to make any hard decisions. Things have changed and Sutherland has been exposed. I agree with the comment that he looked like John Cleese this week. Why would you even try to justify the stupidity of the squad of 17? Then there is the looming disaster of the Big Bash League. Who seriously thinks that the Australian public is going to embrace a competition which will see someone playing Shield and 50 overs cricket (yes, they got rid of that 45 over split innings nonsense) for one State and 20 overs for another. As a concept it is bound to fail. It is sad that Australian cricket has got itself into this position. I also agree with the comment that CA is akin to our government. They are both weak, prone to stupid decisions and making a mess of things generally.

  • popcorn on June 11, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    And yet, we have no explanation for dropping Simon Katich. Instead, like in 2005 when he was dropped after The Ashes,he has been asked to pile up runs - he did that then and got re - selected. But this time, he is already scoring runs! And Michael Clarke is adding his voice tio this? ! Simon Katich should score runs for NSW, and when he gets a call to play again for the Australian Test Team,he should say, - p - - - - s.

  • on June 11, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    Sutherland has no spine & sticks with Hilditch who makes damaging decisions - drop him. Hilditch is a joke and apparently doesn't rate our spinners for more than 2 Tests - drop him. Clarke can't score runs when the team needs them & having a captain who's nickname is 'Pup' doesn't bode well - drop him. Ponting & both Husseys are too old - drop them. If Katich was dropped for 'rebuilding' then so should the above. Pack of idiots.

  • AndrewFromOz on June 11, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    Sutherland is sounding like John Cleese in the stoning scene from "The Life of Brian" warning Katich: "You are only making it worse for yourself". Fair dinkum! Monty Python would be better selectors than the current crop of clowns!

  • on June 11, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    My understanding is that the selection criteria for our national team is based on merit. The best XI possible who are fit enough to play on the day. Now they are trying to tell us it's the XI who 'might' be good enough to play in the 'future' and it's done by selectors who suddenly think they are psychologists and fortune tellers! You may as well select the team from the local U 16's because they 'might' be good enough to play in the future and they 'will' be available the Ashes series in 2020

  • on June 11, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    "At the same time I acknowledge that it wasn't an ideal situation, and perhaps looking back on it we would've done it slightly differently."

    That's a strange way of admitting that it was an incredibly, incredibly stupid thing to do. Perhaps he should choose his words better.

  • on June 11, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    @AndyZaltzmannsHair Respect!

  • on June 11, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    Most ridiculous decision ever to drop him, I agree with @Jayco as well. katich was treated badly.

  • on June 11, 2011, 3:17 GMT

    No wonder Australin selection is in a mess with Greg Chappel at the helm what do you expect? Just look back at team India when he was in charge there

  • on June 11, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    Feel sorry for katich but what do you expect... the team isnt performing and was totally outclassed against england (both with katich and without him)... is he going to be a better player in 2 years time at 37, 38 than he is at 35 or 36? If not, time to move on. He's not a legend like Ponting who has earned the right to retire, and Hussey... all i can say is Hussey is lucky. And he performed in the Ashes.

  • PYC1959 on June 11, 2011, 1:54 GMT

    The selection panel are the ones getting old, get rid of yourselves and bring in some fresh ideas.......

  • Chennaified on June 11, 2011, 1:18 GMT

    @AndyZaltzmannsHair - Hilarious!!!

    Feel sorry for Katich and the lot. They deserve better!!

  • LittleFinger on June 11, 2011, 0:03 GMT

    Greg Chappell as an administrator has the Sadim touch, which is the inverse of the Midas touch. Anything he touches turns to dung rather than to gold! CA has shined in the past as compared to the dysfunctional boards of WI, Pak etc. and the boorishness of BCCI, but this just goes to show that the whole administrative set-up is as good as the team's performance. CA at the end of the day is as much a shambles as any other board of a country at #5 in world rankings.......

    Katich's reaction has been well thought out and professional. Didn't have much of an opinion on him before, but this was classy. Nothing will change because of it unfortunately, but Katto, good on you, mate!

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on June 10, 2011, 21:18 GMT

    All the players who have been banned and/or unceremoniously dropped by their respective boards should all team up and form the 12th Man Team.... *cue A Team music*. Starring Shahid 'LALA' Afridi as Hannbal. Chris Gayle as Baracus. Simon Katich as 'Faceman'. Slinga Malinga as 'Howling Mad Malinga'. "These men promptly escaped from their maximum security boards into the cricketing wilderness. Today, still shunned by their national boards, they survive as cricketers of fortune. If you have a cricketing problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the 12th Man Team."

  • on June 10, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    If your going to charge Katich for bringing the game in to disrepute, you'd have to charge the whole selection panel for the same things for dropping Katich in the 1st place!!

  • on June 10, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    Mr Sutherlands comments make it abundantly clear that the rot starts at the very top of Cricket Australia.

  • Cricket_is_soul on June 10, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    After culling Katich, the whole world could witness how the australian nemisis has come to the limelight (which was already there for 2 yrs) in the past 2 days. I belive the australian cricket faced the same problem during 1985-86, when the consistent performing players left and each player had their own ideas. But there was a man named Allan Border who came at rescue and vowed the world to build a better team and which lead them to be world champions in 1986. This I belive is the same situation for Australia and at that same 1985, India were world champions and champions of mini wcup (benson and hedges series) as same as today. Can we see another Allan border or MIcheal Clark has the same grit to take australia from here? We''ll see in the future.

  • Jayco on June 10, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    What hasn't been mentioned in this issue is the long running dislike between Clarke and Katich (remember when they had a dressing room scuffle?). I suspect that Clarke now being captain didn't exactly work in Katich's favour. If the captain was willing to stand up for his player I don't think the selectors could sack him.

  • KarachiKid on June 10, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    I cant understand why CA is so harsh on some players like Hodge, Katich, Hussies, Stuart Clark and Nathan Brackan ? what was the need for dropping Katich when the batting is not really clicking and he is one of those who were actually consistently performing ? There was a need to bring in Hodge as well !! and Stuart clark really got rough treatment, if he was in Aussy attack last ashes, the result would have surely not been as humiliating !

  • 5wombats on June 10, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    Priceless! - All of it!!! Katich spits the dummy and Sutherland says he's "not happy". Neighbours couldn't have done it better.... I love it.

  • cricket_for_all on June 10, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    What?? what action were you planning to take against Katich Mr. Sutherland?. This guy, Sutherland, is trying act like innocent and is trying put blame on Katich. Mr. Sutherland: Can you give us a correct explanation for exclusion of Katich instead of stupid talk. We have a cricket killing pool of boards now (PCB, WI, SL and now CA).

  • Naren on June 10, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    @ram5160, not sure why you are comparing CA with PCB. No board can match PCB at any stage.Selection decisions are always hard. There is nothing wrong with not renewing the contract with Katich if Australia is looking to build a team for the future. But why keep Ponting, Hussey and Haddin in the team if that is the case? North's decision was obvious. But Katich is a tad unlucky. Watson is responsible for the opening failure as he ran Katich out couple of times.Hope they don't replace Katich with Philip Hughes. That would be a horrible decision. I feel they should bring in Shaun Marsh.

  • nzcricket174 on June 10, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    The Watson-Katich partnership has been the best opening partnership going around since 2009. To break it up really is a dumb move and it makes no sense at all. Not only that, Katich has been a run machine over the past three years. Imagine if England were to drop Andrew Strauss, and they were to tell him that it was because they wanted a new opening partnership, despite the Cook-Strauss combination England's most prolific ever. Its the same thing - CA should all just resign, especially that Greg Chappell.

  • Technical-1 on June 10, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    "I understand that Simon's disappointed and that he's made comments along those lines today but I don't see that CA will be taking action for those comments," Sutherland said.

    "My view and the Cricket Australia board's view is that it is right for people to be able to make their subjective judgments but it crosses the line when there are any suggestions about the integrity of individual members of the selection panel, the panel as a group, or the processes they engage in to make these selections.

    Evidently this group of selectors and Leaders got their head up their plumbing.

  • Najafgarh_Nawabs on June 10, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    really what a great pair he(katich) and watto stabled the aussies ship at the top

  • Sanj747 on June 10, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    Might be a start if Sutherland was removed.

  • TywinLannister on June 10, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    It's all Greg-javu to me! .. u wait - there's going to be more downfall due to him..

  • on June 10, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    Wats with Greg and Left handed batsmen. He spoiled Irfan, Ganguly and now Katich.

  • intcamd on June 10, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    Geez, since they already canceled his contract and dropped him from the test team, what other "action" could have been taken against Katich, that Jamie is so magnanimously saying he will not take now? Will they collect back wages?

  • ram5160 on June 10, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    CA is beginning to match PCB for comedy value.

  • Something_Witty on June 10, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    Taking action against him for speaking his mind? What? And what punishment could they possibly mete out? Drop him? Wait they already did that.

  • on June 10, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    Not sure what you can do really, especially when it's the God honest truth...

  • chandau on June 10, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    LOL isnt it funny when Sanath J is coming back to open in ODI for SL at the age of 42 Katich is dropped at 35??? SJ was dropped for young blood in Tharanga but now that he failed a dope test they bring him back!!! what will happen when the replacement fails at the top for Auzzy? I am not much of a follower of Auzzy domestic but i remember the time when Matthew Elliot scored a 200 opening and broke his knee and never played for Auzzy again ! are there any classy openers in sheffield cricket now ? mind you both watson and katich are not natural openers for their county's am i right? i have seen both Jaques and warner who dont have the natural opener's technique so it may be interesting to lookat. then again there are no great bowling attacks in the test world right now (even SA seem to struggle sometimes) so ordinary batters may succeed at the top after all :)

  • crikey on June 10, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    Sanctions against Simon Katich will have me not attending one cricket match next summer. The most important cricket match is the next one , not a series in 2 years time. The ashes have become way too important at the cost of all other cricket.

  • Winsome on June 10, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    Action against Katich unlikely? Now I've heard it all. What world does Sutherland live in?

  • rama563 on June 10, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    its a type of confusion in ca! what they are doing i thnk katich is best leaver of cricket ball in test cricket along with chanderpaul. can u expect australian playing first test match in india can get century in the lights of kumble,bhajji!!!! clarke is no longer will be a good test batsmen because he took captaincy from punter in a fragile situation whereas ricky from s.waugh in fruitful situation along with settled side!

  • thewayitwass on June 10, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    Greg Chappel proved with india that he is hopeless as a selector/coach, why have australia recruited him? how can you keep ponting before you keep katich? sentimentality? the fact that katich only plays one form of the game? well then why did d.hussey get a contract? he will never play test cricket so is clearly an ODI specialist ! inconsistent is a nice way to put things

  • on June 10, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    More signs of downfall of Australian cricket. Hope India does not go this way when the cream of Indian bating retires.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on June 10, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    Apart from ban him, I don't really know what else you're gonna do to Katich, he's already been dropped.

  • on June 10, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    Its good that katich compared them with monkeys after all they deserve it

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  • on June 10, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    Its good that katich compared them with monkeys after all they deserve it

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on June 10, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    Apart from ban him, I don't really know what else you're gonna do to Katich, he's already been dropped.

  • on June 10, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    More signs of downfall of Australian cricket. Hope India does not go this way when the cream of Indian bating retires.

  • thewayitwass on June 10, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    Greg Chappel proved with india that he is hopeless as a selector/coach, why have australia recruited him? how can you keep ponting before you keep katich? sentimentality? the fact that katich only plays one form of the game? well then why did d.hussey get a contract? he will never play test cricket so is clearly an ODI specialist ! inconsistent is a nice way to put things

  • rama563 on June 10, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    its a type of confusion in ca! what they are doing i thnk katich is best leaver of cricket ball in test cricket along with chanderpaul. can u expect australian playing first test match in india can get century in the lights of kumble,bhajji!!!! clarke is no longer will be a good test batsmen because he took captaincy from punter in a fragile situation whereas ricky from s.waugh in fruitful situation along with settled side!

  • Winsome on June 10, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    Action against Katich unlikely? Now I've heard it all. What world does Sutherland live in?

  • crikey on June 10, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    Sanctions against Simon Katich will have me not attending one cricket match next summer. The most important cricket match is the next one , not a series in 2 years time. The ashes have become way too important at the cost of all other cricket.

  • chandau on June 10, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    LOL isnt it funny when Sanath J is coming back to open in ODI for SL at the age of 42 Katich is dropped at 35??? SJ was dropped for young blood in Tharanga but now that he failed a dope test they bring him back!!! what will happen when the replacement fails at the top for Auzzy? I am not much of a follower of Auzzy domestic but i remember the time when Matthew Elliot scored a 200 opening and broke his knee and never played for Auzzy again ! are there any classy openers in sheffield cricket now ? mind you both watson and katich are not natural openers for their county's am i right? i have seen both Jaques and warner who dont have the natural opener's technique so it may be interesting to lookat. then again there are no great bowling attacks in the test world right now (even SA seem to struggle sometimes) so ordinary batters may succeed at the top after all :)

  • on June 10, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    Not sure what you can do really, especially when it's the God honest truth...

  • Something_Witty on June 10, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    Taking action against him for speaking his mind? What? And what punishment could they possibly mete out? Drop him? Wait they already did that.