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.

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