Ravi Shastri October 9, 2010

The Long Handle awards

Includes shiny trophies for most appearances, biggest twit and captain with the most sinister smile

Wednesday, 6th October For the second year in a row, the ICC attempted to steal the thunder of the Long Handle Awards by holding their own, smaller-scale ceremony on the same day. Happily, they did not succeed in deflecting attention away from the main event and this year’s winners were celebrated by a packed audience (Mrs Hughes and Hughes junior) in a plush auditorium (the Hughes living room) and hosted by a distinguished former player (yours truly wearing a Ronnie Irani mask).

There was a surprise winner of the Most Appearances In The Long Handle Blog By A Former Indian Spin-Bowling AllRounder Award as Mr Ravishankar Shastri scooped the prize. A clearly emotional Shastri made a moving acceptance speech: “Who? What? Look, stop calling me or you’ll be hearing from my lawyers! No, I’m not shouting! You want to hear me shout? I’ll shout, I’ll shout so loud I’ll make your eardrums pop!”

Twit Of The Year is a relatively new category for which there was fierce competition from the English contingent. Messrs Pietersen, Mascarenhas and Rafiq all put in sterling efforts, but in the end, the panel of judges went for Mr Simon Trundler of Anothershire, whose Tweet to his county captain (“Give me the new ball or I’ll burn down your house”) was judged to have communicated a clear message with brevity and a welcome dose of dark humour. Mr Trundler’s prize has been forwarded to the open prison where he is currently awaiting trial.

Finally, there was another new award up for grabs this year: Captain With The Most Sinister Grin. Here at the Long Handle, we shy away from seeking undue levity in the physical characteristics of our fellow humans, for obvious reasons. That said, we cannot let the cricket awards year end without giving due credit to the considerable menace inherent in the smile of Mr Andrew Strauss. One judge said, “It gave me the shivers,” and another commented: “It put me in mind of a great white shark trying to sell double glazing to a family of tuna.”

Thursday, 7th October Hussey major has expressed his disappointment that Cricket Australia didn’t refuse to allow him to play in the Champions League Twenty20. This is an interesting new development. Cricketers have always whinged about burnout. But here we have a subtle variation in which a player criticises his own board for not forcing him to stop playing for a team that he had previously agreed to play for. Kudos to Mr Cricket for his ingenuity and for taking his whingeing to the next level.

Friday, 8th October Congratulations to Mr Misbah-ul-Haq who became Pakistan’s fourth Test captain this year (and advance congratulations to Mr Younis Khan and Mr Javed Miandad for their appointments in January and April 2011 respectively). Four captains is quite an achievement and equals the record set by England in that crazy summer of 1988 when the nation’s selectors dispensed with skippers as freely as Henry VIII rearranged his marital affairs.

To mark his appointment as Pakistan captain, Mr ul-Haq performed the traditional ritual of drinking an unspecified noxious liquid from an ornate chalice. He was then presented with a framed photograph of Imran Khan lifting the World Cup, a letter of support from the PCB (written, due to stationery cutbacks, in invisible ink) and a Dummies Guide to Cricket Tactics. Finally, he had the benefit of a handshake with Mr Ijaz Butt and (for a reasonable discount) got to take away a copy of the big man’s autobiography: The Butt Doesn’t Stop Here. Good luck Misbah!

Andrew Hughes is a writer currently based in England

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  • testli5504537 on October 24, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    hahahahhahaha ROTFL... too good

  • testli5504537 on October 9, 2010, 21:46 GMT

    hahahahahahaha ... very nice ...

  • testli5504537 on October 9, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    "The Butt Doesn’t Stop Here". Precious.

  • testli5504537 on October 9, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    With a high turnover reminiscent of the Roman Empire in its lighter moments Pakistan's year of four captains is enjoing a certain amount of kudos. The thing is though, bearing in mind the complete and total anonymity of Misbah- a worthy lamb to the slaughter therefore-and the the length of time left in the year especially if Ijaz Butt starts to peak, it could be the year of anything up to 20 captains. For the exotic in mental derangement Pakistan cricket can match anything the Romans came up with. Who know? Old Inty might be one of those captains in the next three months.

  • testli5504537 on October 9, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    I could stop laughing throughout the article. Strauss's Grin, Hussey's whining and ingenuity and pakistan's musical chair with their captain was hilarious; with a tinge of dark humour. Super!!!

  • testli5504537 on October 9, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    ha ha ha, the awards were great.

  • testli5504537 on October 9, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    Ha ha, the 8th Oct Misbah posting is hilarious....like 'The Butt doesn't stop here' joke.

  • testli5504537 on October 9, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    Yep. It's becoming increasingly embarrassing for many of us in Australia to sit through some of the rubbish being said. Drop Hussey, drop North, drop Hilditch. Sigh.

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