January 20, 2009

English cricket

ECB unity impossible if Hugh Morris remains

Jamie Alter

In the Telegraph, Geoff Boycott says Hugh Morris, the managing director of England cricket, should be sacked. Boycott believes Morris must explain why he saw fit to conduct a players' poll and undermine Kevin Pietersen "to the point of no return".

He clearly can't have enough confidence in himself to make his own decisions. You should not be asking staff what they think of management. If you ask the players to choose their captain or coach, then why do you need a managing director? If you ask players each month whom they want as captain you would have to change the captain on a monthly basis because if the skipper criticises a player, shouts at someone, leaves a couple of guys out of the team, or doesn't bowl a guy as much as he thinks he should bowl, you can bet they will not vote for him the next time there is a players' poll.

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