ECB chairman 'not there to represent his own personal view'

Chris Adams attacks 'unaccountable' Clarke

Cricinfo staff

April 9, 2008

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Chris Adams: 'Clarke is not there to represent his own personal view and, if he is, he needs to go now' © Getty Images
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Chris Adams, Sussex's captain and one of the most influential voices among the current players, has told The Guardian that Giles Clarke was wrong with the comments he made about the participation of England players in the Indian cricket leagues.

"Clarke is not there to represent his own personal view and, if he is, he needs to go now," Adams told the newspaper. "This can't be one man's view. If you are going to take on these privileged roles, you have to act on behalf of all parties. If Clarke gets this wrong, he can just walk away and go back to what he does because he's not accountable in the long run. But the game is accountable. And this is a problem that won't go away.

"We will now find out how good the main men at the ECB, Clarke, David Collier [the chief executive] and Mike Gatting [managing director of cricket partnerships], really are. They have to act on behalf of all parties. If I was one of the main men on the ECB, I would go to the kings of commerce and ask them what they would do.

"If you're, say, Andrew Symonds and can earn big money in a few weeks, see more of your family and not have to go through a gruelling county season for six months, it would be very tempting.

"A wind of change is blowing a gale through the global game and it is essential the ECB gets this one right. I'm afraid the board and all the counties have been caught cold by what has happened."

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