Television November 14, 2009

Ashes proposals put sport on a sticky wicket

The irony of yesterday’s recommendation that Ashes cricket be restored to the protected list is that this was an outcome few involved in the discussions wanted

The irony of yesterday’s recommendation that Ashes cricket be restored to the protected list is that this was an outcome few involved in the discussions wanted. For a sport that has been insulated from the recession, a reduced budget will be hard to take, writes Mike Atherton in the Times.

Where will the blows be felt? Across the board probably: central contracts for England players, grassroots cricket and the county game.

John Stern doesn't think making the Ashes free-to-air is that big a blow. He writes in the Wisden Cricketer: "I’m not convinced that the proposed re-listing of The Ashes does anything other than score the Government a few Middle-England brownie points."

Jamie Alter is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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