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How will you protect your star players?
Cricket Australia realised Shane Watson needed to be cotton-woolled for national duty and called him back. What would you do?
Your star player plans to play in a T20 league that isn't in your jurisdiction. You:
Send in the machines
Send along an entourage to make sure he always has someone at hand to blow his nose, wipe his drool, and sing him lullabies at night
Say if he stays at home, you'll pay him double what the franchise is offering to
A fast bowler has announced that he will look to maim your top batsmen. You will:
Persuade him to sign up for a T20 league
Send him back in time
Complain to the authorities about the bullying
You notice that your players compete with each other in the gym to see who can lift the most weight. Worried about potential injuries, you:
Take the weights away from them till they promise to behave themselves
Set up a food stall next to the gym and get cheerleaders to man them. Won't be long before the players drop the weights and exit the gym
Introduce them to someone who can lift more weights than all of them put together so they realise how futile their attempts are
Your players spend all their time on their phones, tweeting or texting or playing games. You feel it's best to:
Take them shopping at the board's cost
Give them some colouring books instead
Tell them it's never a good idea to rely too much on smart gadgets
One of your players is in danger of being banned for abusing an umpire. What do you do?
Advise him that if he wants to make threats, the best thing to say is: "I'll be back"
Make an offer the umpire can't refuse
Send him to the quiet room to reflect on what he has just done
Your captain is struggling through a hostile press conference. What will you do?
Promise to give the journalists a juicy scoop about the opposition if they lay off your captain
Tell him to put a finger on his lips till the journalists decide to play nice
Drop the journalists into a vat of molten steel
The coach wants players to box to maintain fitness. You say:
Time to find another coach
Let's instead get them skipping like Sly Stallone does in
It'd be better if they knew how to ride bikes
Some of your players like to celebrate wickets by doing the Gangnam Style dance. You are worried they may sprain their ankles or pull a hamstring. You:
Tell them if they desist you'll get Psy and Chris Gayle to dance for them
Tell them they'll be better off if they simply go with: "Hasta la vista, baby"
Tell them that if they are happy and they know it, they should clap their hands
The opposition players begin to pick fights with your players. Will you be worried?
No, because they'll have to go through a Cyberdyne Systems Model first
Of course! Violence is no child's play
No. If they are in the mood for a brawl, we'll get some pro-wrestlers in for them to fight with
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