March 17, 2013

Couch Talk: Russel Arnold

Subash Jayaraman


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Posted by ARad on (March 18, 2013, 23:51 GMT)

Arnold (with Abeysinghe?) has become SL's best commentator but, unfortunately, that is not too difficult given the quality of the rest of the commentators. ;) I disagree with him about two things: A. I am not expecting commentators to speak Queen's English but a PROFESSIONAL commentator making a basic language mistake is a huge turn off for the listeners. B. I am sad to say that anyone with a reasonable amount of analytical skills will shred to pieces Arnold's attempted defense of SLC regarding their handling of player contracts. I don't have enough space for my rant about it here. :) (I am not sure if the inability of SL commentators to criticize authority is an artifact of a close-knit player community, conservative cultural expectations, a fear of political/economic repercussions or the need to defend 'my country'.) As a commentator, Arnold can break new grounds if he can challenge himself (including in matters such as criticizing the board.) Best Wishes!

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Subash Jayaraman
Subash's introduction to cricket began with enduring sledging from his brothers during their many backyard cricket sessions. His fascination with the game took hold in 1983, but mostly it was the cricket commentary over All India Radio, about the water-tight front-foot defence of Gavaskar that did it. @thecricketcouch

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