March 28, 2014

Twenty20 Vision

Now cricket wants to ban your selfie

Vithushan Ehantharajah
Umpire Steve Davis stopped play for bad light at 3.35 pm, South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Durban, 1st day, December 26, 2013
What do you mean it was a clean catch?  © AFP
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#SelfieFail
First it was illegal streams, then it was live scorecards and now, for the next segment in bite your fist levels of bureaucracy, selfies have been banned at the World Twenty20.

Yes, it seems the amateur photography phase that has captured the world's hearts and expressions has now been deemed a breach of protocol at the ICC tournament. When one fan was on the cusp of pressing "capture" with the obliging Shakib Al Hasan, he was reprimanded by a Star Sports bod and informed that Getty hold all still photography rights for the tournament.

What would Ellen Degeneres, whose celebrity-studded Oscar night selfie broke Twitter records, make of it all?

Case For The Defence
The ICC responded with alacrity in releasing footage of the video angle seen by Steve Davis, the much-maligned Australian umpire, when he controversially ruled out Michael Lumb's low catch of Mahela Jayawardene during England's group tie against Sri Lanka in Chittagong.

We look forward to an equally committed explanation as to why this footage was not available to tv broadcasters so that fans and commentators can make judgements based on exactly the same evidence.

The Law of Diminishing Vaughan
So, Michael Vaughan likes to make jokes on Twitter. Some of them get good responses, most of them are rehashed - it is Twitter after all - and some of them are misguided.

By some means, he's managed to nail all three of his skill sets in one tweet.

Now, everyone knows the Sri Lanka national anthem is a humdinger (it actually used to be longer - seriously). As others have, Vaughany saw the opportunity to poke fun, pulling up a list of errands he could carry out in the time it took for the anthem to run to completion.

Sri Lankans took offence, condemning the "joke" and offering up their own critiques on England's number: "And God save Elizabeth from what?" came one reply, closely supplemented by another fan who simply added "From shame". It all seemed a bit too familiar. In fact, Vaughan had posted an almost identical zinger in the 2013 Champions Trophy, drawing similar ire. Seriously though, was it funny enough the first time?

For those who care, the longest national anthem has several claimants. Uruguay can claim to have the longest when judged by musical duration: it has 105 bars and lasts nearly six minutes. The longest in terms of words is that of Greece, which stretches to 158 stanzas, none of which offer advice upon how to revive its economy.

Hales Is Friendless No More
In February, Alex Hales was unsold at the IPL auction.

Because of an agreement hammered out with his county, Nottinghamshire, Hales needed to secure a contract in excess of $400,000 (£250,000). Not one franchise registered an interest, ignoring his recent ranking as the ICC's No 1 T20 batsman in the world.

Hales' 116 off 64 balls for England against Sri Lanka made a lot of people stand up and take notice of the man who is now England's first T20I centurion.

One set of onlookers really stood out: Rajasthan Royals. "Extraordinary power and timing by Alex Hales," they began in their tweet, "he has all the shots". They later described his finishing six as "a fitting way to end that chase and the fitting batsman to finish it".

It really is the English T20 player's luck that the franchise publicly to display an interest in him is the one that the Indian Supreme Court has the intention of barring from the IPL? Unfounded rumours have it that the Kochi Tuskers have also sent Hales orange and purple drapes for his perusal.

Gangnam No Style
Was that really Chris Gayle who began his celebration of West Indies' win against Australia in Dhaka by slipping and falling flat on his back. The next time one of your moves comes a cropper on the dance floor, at least you can reflect that it even happens to those regarded as the epitome of cool.

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Posted by Harmony111 on (March 29, 2014, 10:14 GMT)

***The longest in terms of words is that of Greece, which stretches to 158 stanzas, none of which offer advice upon how to revive its economy.***

That's the loudest I have laughed in 2014. Good one.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (March 29, 2014, 1:04 GMT)

This is sensationalism. It's not selfies that they are trying to ban. They couldn't care less if spectators take pictures of themselves. It's the fact that a player was included in the picture. Sure, it's an example of commercialism gone wild but let's not exaggerate the situation and basically lie to score points against "the man".

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 0:36 GMT)

We may as well all go to Lord's and politely clap.

Posted by SagirParkar on (March 28, 2014, 23:57 GMT)

surely this is a very draconian measure... globally, protecting sponsors' interests have taken the fun out of visiting a sporting arena.. we see it in football, F1, the olympics, and now cricket too.. do the respective boards not realise that it is the paying fan who brings in all the wealth to their sport - be it gate money, merchandise, tv subscriptions etc..

if this continues, us fans should make a stand and vote with our wallets ! that should teach them a lesson.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 20:40 GMT)

Definitely ban that awful music and DJ - spoils the whole thing.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 18:11 GMT)

thats crazy about fan taking pic. people go there not to watch cricket only. they want to enjoy their day. as if fans taking pics will effect getty images?

regarding lumbs catch, that is true, it should be available to every one.

one should respect national anthem from all country. cricket is game and suppose to bring people close. he did make fun of it. which was not nice.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 17:56 GMT)

what more do you expect from a tournament held in "Ban"gladesh...

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

their should be limit for all these investers if not then one day we will see these investers will become team selectors work it out yourself how??

Posted by Sevarino on (March 28, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

Ban the SELFIE, Ban the Music, Ban Flag waving, Ban Dancing, Ban wicket & Boundary celebrations. Seriously, these rules are taking away some special moments which fans get to celebrate and express themesleves with their sporting heros. Does the ICC remember what was one of the major downfalls of the 50 over WC in the WI. you take the fans controlled out of the game you kill your tournament. The CPL & IPL are 2 of the best leagues which bring the Praty atmosphere to the game.

Posted by willsrustynuts on (March 28, 2014, 15:53 GMT)

There really is very little fun in the game of cricket these days. Banning selfies is the perfect example of that.

As for the catch footage, methinks the ICC doth protest too much. The damage is done and the umpires now operate in an atmosphere of mistrust and, alarmingly, they have lost respect of players and spectators.

At least we have had a good laugh at Australia today!

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