APRIL 01, 2013

Ryder assault had everything to do with alcohol

Samir Chopra: Soon after news of Jesse Ryder's terrible injuries made the news, we were assured by the NZCPA and Cricket Wellington that the violent assault on him was 'not an alcohol-related incident.'
In describing this incident as not being 'alcohol-related', NZCPA and Cricket Wellington are misspeaking © Getty Images
MARCH 30, 2013

Cricket news

The instinct of walking away

As a lifeskills coach, one of the things that Michael Jeh teaches young cricketers is knowing when to walk away from a provocation fuelled by alcohol or drugs - situations that can quickly spiral out of control and end tragically for the people involved. In the aftermath of the assault on Jesse Ryder, Jeh, writing in the Mid day, says that recognising these situations is also an instinct that is honed over time.

It is this life lesson that I try to imbue in the minds of these young athletes who are used to living on razor- sharp instincts because that is the source of their sporting genius. And yet sometimes, there is that fine line between acting instinctively, and knowing when to defy instinct. Depending on the circumstance, either option could be a life-saver but the hard part is to know which button to push in which situation.

That is where repeated practice comes into play. For cricketers who are used to hitting a thousand balls a day, they often rail at the notion of sitting through workshops that simulate real life at a pub or a nightclub. Their young brains, still in the formative stage where neurons are making permanent connections, cannot readily grasp why it is necessary to practice life itself.

MARCH 01, 2013

Cricket washed down with Australia's mess?

Michael Jeh: With the critical report published into Australian sport, Michael Jeh looks at how relevant the 10 points are to cricket
FEBRUARY 27, 2013

T20 vulnerable to Performance Enhancing Drugs

Jon Hotten: The game's shortest format can learn lessons from baseball in particular when it comes to the use of Performance Enhancing Drugs
FEBRUARY 14, 2013

Hot button cricket talk

Jarrod Kimber: Gideon Haigh joins Jarrod Kimber to discuss the ACC report, betting, drugs and TV deals
JULY 22, 2012

Time to close the Rahul-Parnell case

Samir Chopra: By all accounts, Rahul and Parnell did what a pair of young men might do in a big city once the working day is done
JULY 20, 2010


The drugs do work

World cricket could be on the cusp of facing a huge drugs problem. The Old Batsman blog looks at why Twenty20 cricket - a combination of financial reward, worldwide fame and a variant of the sport increasingly reliant on power - brings with it the threat of drug usage.

T20's big threat is the one no-one is writing about. I realised it again when I heard a county coach saying something along the lines of, all the young players he now had coming his way 'just want to get in the gym, bulk up and smack the ball miles'. It's entirely logical that they should, too.

OCTOBER 30, 2009


Pardoning Agassi will allow other players to cross the line

Grand slam champion Andre Agassi's admission to using drugs during his career is not only damaging for his reputation but for the sport itself, writes Harsha Bhogle in the Indian Express.

I have long been a huge admirer of Agassi on court but I do hope people do not rally to his support; like with the pathetic attempt to protect Roman Polanski. The more we pardon offenders, either through the law or through public affection, the easier we make it for someone else to cross the line. And here in India we need to take a tough stance too. Our weightlifters are now a joke around the world as indeed are the officials who looked the other way in spite of fairly obvious proof. If the game isn’t strong those that play it need not be strong and you can see that association at work in the build up to the Commonwealth Games.

AUGUST 21, 2009


'Viv's drug was his passion for cricket'

While rubbishing former Pakistan batsman Qasim Omar's claims that Viv Richards used to take performance enhancing drugs in his time, his brother Mervyn Richards has said the only thing that kept him going was an undying passion for the game. He speaks to Clayton Murzello in Mid Day.

"Viv's cricketing passion was his drug. Viv used to sleep with his bat and the only thing he used was something for his eyes.

"Firstly, I don't think cricket is a sport where performance can be enhanced by consuming something. It is played between the ears. Viv never needed to do something like that (take performance-enhancing drugs)."

JULY 14, 2008

Asif's tragedy is an indictment of Pakistan cricket

Kamran Abbasi: It is something of a fantasy to expect the Pakistan Cricket Board to be ranked with the world’s leading national sporting bodies
JUNE 05, 2008

From McGrath to mug

Kamran Abbasi: Mohammad Asif is a passionate cricketer
JULY 02, 2007

WADA and out: no winners in the drugs scandal

Kamran Abbasi: Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif can heave a massive sigh of relief
FEBRUARY 20, 2007

What will Shoaib's drug test prove?

Kamran Abbasi: The fact that neither Shoaib nor Asif have yet taken the test seems incredible, and conspiracy theories were fuelled by Shoaib's outrageous behaviour last week
DECEMBER 22, 2006

WADA yadda yadda

Kamran Abbasi: WADA's appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport is an unusual one in that it is bypassing cricket's ruling body
DECEMBER 09, 2006

Divergence in doping policies will not work

Nishi Narayanan: How can cricket operate with such a wide divergence in the doping policies of a national board and the body that runs cricket?
DECEMBER 06, 2006

WADA: less hectoring, more supervision, better evidence

Kamran Abbasi: Thank you all for a tremendoud debate on this important issue
DECEMBER 05, 2006

Justice is done

Kamran Abbasi: Kamran Abbasi supports the elimination of performance-enhancing drugs from sport but the authorities need to produce better diagnostic tests and stronger evidence to support the validity of their tests
NOVEMBER 16, 2006

Why a rush to judgment for Shoaib and Asif?

Kamran Abbasi: "Rush to Judgment" might be the title of a book about the conspiracies surrounding the assassination of JFK, but it's a phrase that also neatly sums up the first hearing into the alleged drug use by Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif
NOVEMBER 03, 2006

Sad but we had to make an example of Shoaib - Alam

Nishi Narayanan: Intikhab Alam, one of the three-member panel that recommended the ban on Shoaib Akthar and Mohammad Asif, said he was sad but had no regrets about the decision
NOVEMBER 02, 2006

Shoaib: What an almighty waste

Nishi Narayanan: The sight of Shoaib spreading his wings in celebration of a kill will become the stuff of legend, a DVD classic, a spook story that mothers will tell their would-be superstar children