|Posted on 15 August, 2017 at 22:40|
I have been sledged on facebook and twitter over recent days and it has come from two Subbie cricketers. One a former Premiership team mate of mine... now a self appointed spokesperson for "Womens Cricket" who's goes to great length to "high jack" meetings or conversation in search of notoriety.
The other a former Subbie President burdened with a chip on both shoulders.
I've had to laugh about it all really... here are these two, a pair of confused "Roosters" performing like "clucky Hens" protecting their chicks... excuse the pun!
Anyway I can't leave their nonsense unanswered... so I will use this forum to respond as follows:
Yes! It is true... I support the rolling of the Cricket Victoria (CV) Board in order to keep Victorian Cricket for "VICTORIANS".
I am a product of the pathways I was once a young aspiring cricketer who worked hard on his game all the way to the highest levels.
I do speak out on issues that I believe are important to cricket, but I deny the accusation that I use "vitriolic" language against women. In fact I have championed women in cricket... particularly the training of women bat makers around Australia.
Anyway, you can judge for yourselves... my publications are available for all to read in this format and at www.sportshounds.com.au.
I make observations and comment hoping to provoke thought or even action. Just recently I attempted to help Women endeavouring to execute bowling disciplines on pitches that were designed for men. My harshest criticism of them has been not to get ahead of yourselves. And not for one moment, have I ever suggested funding for Women's Cricket be stopped... rather it be done without biting the hand that finances it.
I make will not apologise for defending young Victorians with cricketing aspirations... for it takes courage to fully commit to the game and having been enticed to do so (And that is what we do), it is their right to continue down that path without the fear of players from interstate being flown in over their heads shirt fronting their ambitions. And it is our responsibility to make sure this does not happen!
It doesn't impress me how many games someone has played... it is the quality time spent developing those who show an interest in the game of cricket and mentoring them to higher honours.
I take no notice of guessimates or touted statistics or creative accounting used to calculate participation numbers nor subsidised attendance levels for that matter.
I have captained and coached Premiership teams... all over the world in fact.
And Yes, I have been paid for it.
I have de listed players who've been found wanting "one fielding era" away from being a negative impact on others... replacing them young willing athletic cricketers with aspirations.
I did move on in life... to other more challenging ventures and have never regretted it and have not looked back.
I always speak out to protect the life blood of cricket... the "Volunteers" of the game who we so rely and especially those who don't blow their own trumpet.
I have been very critical of the Corporate types demonstrating "unconscionable conduct" and in particular those who ignore or defend such behaviour... for they become equally "complicit".
It will be 5.30 pm Monday 28th of August 2017 at "Cricket House were CV will hold its AGM.
It is the most important day in our States Cricket history. It is all about the future of "Victorian Cricket" and it depends on a successful challenge, otherwise our States Cricketing traditions will be swallowed up and controled by "Cricket Australia" and their Corporate Executives... all with their noses in trough.
I am a passionate public backer of this movement and the "OLD BRIGADE" those who gave us the game and those who put "into place" a very successful governance structure that until a decade ago... had protected the game until "Corporates" saw all the money and began dismantling it.
The game does not need the types in charge of the "MOU" debacle".
What the game needs is a balance between quality Corporate experience and Cricket People who will listen to the heartbeat of the game... those with the ability not only to read the play but who have forethought.
I have not initiated the proposed "New 6"... this has been undertaken by founding members of Cricket in Victoria (The District Clubs) and their mission is to oust a very poor Board of Directors.
I am whole heartedly encouraging them every step and I was pleased to learn that I've been joined by the Victorian Country Cricket League (VCCL) and the Victorian Sub District Cricket Association (VSDCA)... this brings together an overwhelming majority of cricket people who care about Cricket in this State and in particular "Grass Roots Cricket" and those aiming for higher honours in the game.
This may not be enough to tip the balance. Secret loans, forgiving of loans, special funding offers and a lack of transparency have split Victorian Cricket and the incumbent are to blame for this... no one else.
The incumbents will do or say anything in an attempt to secure votes in the hope of thwarting the spill.
It is the fault of one person who should have walked away a long time ago... but he has a huge ego and no respect for the processes put in place by founding members. If he had he would have walked away 12 months ago.
So for those following this tragic and unwanted "Russell Thomas" ego trip... it will work like this;
That is, if he doesn't see the light before the 28th.
For the proposed "New 6" to become the new Directors of the CV they will need support greater than 50% of 25 votes (18 belonging to Premier clubs, 3 for Women's Cricket, 1 VCCL, 1 Cricket Union of Victoria (CUOV) and 2 VSDCA).
So it will get down to those Club Committees who's conscience will be tested when the time comes to vote on the night... time is running out. You had better start thinking long and hard about your playing lists, Those you represent now and into the future... the young hopefuls you see out there training hard every week and into off season, in hope of reward. Advancement to First Class cricket and beyond.
I remember that dream... it exists in all of those who walk out onto the field of play every weekend. A Vote against the "New 6" and it will no longer exist. It will be something you as a club Delegate... will never be able to explain.
When it all said and done... It is easy to claim you're looking after cricketers and their ambitions in the game.
But how do you did that... "Knowing full well" that for more than a decade now, as a result of this CV Board there has been less than a 50% chance for home grown Victorians aspirants able to earn State representation than it was in my day.
It is time Victorian Cricket took control of its destiny before our cricket is gone forever!
I will be publishing one more article on the subject before the 28th and then it is up to the game itself... my conscience will be clear having done all I can to save Victorian Cricket.