Some updates: Referees, Partick Thistle and Pakistan

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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7 Responses

  1. Mark says:

    You would have to be spectacularly naive to think the game described in the article below wasn’t fixed.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/content/story/486335.html

  2. ejh says:

    You say so because? There’s not remotely enough information in the article itself to allow such a conclusion, is there more elsewhere?

  3. Mark says:

    Look at the linked scorecard. The bowler who went for 78 from three overs (and hasn’t played since) must have gone for a minimum of 38 from his first two overs (and presumably more since the article would presumably have mentioned if he was hit for six sixes as well as bowling four wides in his final over). Why would the new captain choose to keep him on unless he was trying to lose as quickly as possible? Apparently not to gain experience.

  4. Gavin says:

    There are all kinds of possible explanations. Tricky decision for a captain, I should think, when a debutant gets carted in his first couple of overs. Might depend on what kind of character you think he has, and what other bowling options you have available. And of course, captains do make terrible decisions sometimes anyway. It wouldn’t be difficult to find scorecards from English domestic games where teams collapsed and people made awful decisions, if you were looking for some reason to be suspicious, though total routs of that sort tend to be rarer because the game here is healthier and there’s less of a difference in standard between the best and worst teams.

    All of this is by-the-by, I shan’t pretend to know anything about the workings of domestic cricket in Pakistan and was restricting my comments to the national team’s matches. (Is anyone pointing the finger at the Germany’s World Cup games because of some allegations of corruptions in their leagues? Were people calling for England to be banned from international cricket until they sort themselves out after Mervyn Westfield was charged for spot-fixing in a county match recently?)

    And I’m not saying there’s no case to answer. Both Haider’s allegations and the summer’s – single – incident raise serious questions. But at the moment the coverage is bordering on the hysterical. Everyone has got it into their heads that Pakistani cricket is corrupt and most of the press are only looking for evidence which confirms it. And as Tony Blair could tell you, when you’re only looking for confirmatory evidence it’s usually not difficult to find it. It’s pretty easy to look at scorecards and then cherry-pick the surrounding facts to make out only the case for the prosecution, which is exactly what most sources have done with that Sydney Test. There’s a serious lack of critical thinking going on.

  5. Gavin says:

    Or, better than I put it there, you could read this from cricinfo:
    http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/487268.html

  6. anthony says:

    The situation at Partick Thistle gets more curious still as one of the people who resigned from the Supporters Trust (who if you remember) were denied their place on the football club board is now attending those board meetings.Conspiracy theorists could have a field day.

  1. November 13, 2010

    [...] “Time for a few brief updates on stories that we’ve been covering recently. These are all ongoing stories but there have been developments of varying degrees of seriousness lately. Firstly, the Scottish refereeing debates, following the saga which I refuse to call Cravengate. Just over a week ago, Celtic called the dogs off, with a statement from John Reid welcoming and agreeing to wait for the review to be carried out by the SFA under their new Chief Executive Stewart Regan. What this will involve, and whether Celtic will be happy with it, we’ll just have to wait and see.” (twohundredpercent) [...]

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