Thursday, December 16, 2004

It's hardly cricket

Playing it, reading about it, watching it – both live and on telly - cricket has played a big part in my life. It’s always been important to me without ever being serious - a magical thing. The same goes for lots of people I suspect. In many ways it’s our national game and as such it isn’t easy to fit it into the trust space. For those to whom it was important it was somehow transcendent in terms of trust.

At least it was before the game’s venal owners flogged off test match broadcasting rights to Sky. Now its position is simple: deep in the dark boundary corner where intense commodity meets intense authority. The very place occupied by the mocked, inauthentic Fox News. Where Rupert Murdoch reigns supreme and no sensible person would ever trust going.

Goodbye old friend it's a sad day.