January 2, 2007

Fiji

Concern over state of Albert Park

Will Luke

The Fiji Times has a disturbing report on the poor state of Albert Park in Suva, the capital of the country. Safety aspects have been "compromised," and the outfield is littered - literally - with rubbish, pot holes and overgrown grass.

The article also has news of the latest match in the Suva Cricket Association league, where Army Cricket Club beat Willow Whisperers. And finally, there's this:

A highlight of the round was seeing clubs showing initiative to turn up with coloured tops and white longs. While on uniforms one thing that should be mentioned here is that some clubs are still flouting tradition and disrespectful to the sport by not playing in their white longs or even the same coloured longs.

Some ill-mannered players put a slap in the face to this respectable game by rocking up and playing Cricket in different coloured shorts. I feel that W.G. Grace is really turning in his grave and for that matter ironically these players have shown shortcomings in their performances this first round.

Do you play in Fiji or Albert Park? Let us know your thoughts on the state of the ground in the comments below or email us if you have any photos to share.

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Will Luke
Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.

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