June 26, 2007

West Indies cricket

Excellence suffers in lurid pursuit of money

Andrew Miller

In a typically impassioned article, the chief sports writer of The Times, Simon Barnes, hits out at sport's current obsession with money over excellence, citing the West Indies' miserable tour as a prime example.

So why was the series held? The reason, as Sarwan discovered through his damaged shoulder, was money. Well, I hear you say, all professional sport is about raising money in the end, isn’t it? Ah yes, but it’s a question of priorities. When raising money is more important than the pursuit and occasional capture of excellence, sport itself is destroyed.


Andrew Miller is the former UK editor of ESPNcricinfo and now editor of The Cricketer magazine

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