The inaugural victory of the Bangladesh Test over Australia in Dhaka last year was belittled by Cricket Australia's team performance boss Pat Howard, as was achieved by players who did not meet the Sheffield Shield standard, revealed a new book.
In Australia's first test after the landslide wage dispute of 2017, an unprepared team narrowly lost to Bangladesh in a sharp turnaround and was immediately dismissed by the media as raw premiums paid in excess. In Crossing The Line by Gideon Haigh, a summary of the accumulation of this year's ball-handling scandal, it has been shown that Howard harangued leading figures from all of Australian cricket in an email reaction in the face of defeat.
"I am sitting in a cafe in the Dhaka hotel at the end of the first trial loss in Bangladesh, personally I feel embarrassed and take responsibility and I am happy to accept any criticism that comes our way," Howard wrote. "For some of you who are sitting here in Dhaka, you are fully aware of how poor this result is and have a material opportunity to address it in the coming days."
"Rightly so, the system is often judged by the results of the national policy team.As you can imagine, they ask us a lot of questions and I think they are fair.I'm reasonably sure that many of the players who have just told us winning could not run on any of the state teams.
"Towards CA team performance – When you come home at the end of the day, do you really make a difference? CA spends more than $ 100 million in salaries and teams of players, all in the effort to produce great national teams. We have failed, you have failed and I have failed and it is not good enough. "
Howard's unflattering performance on the side of Bangladesh, Australia, which he had just lost, was followed by a better performance and a victory by the tourists in the second Test, but also for the cancellation of the scheduled visit from Bangladesh to Australia for Testing this year.It is part of a larger picture painted by Haigh of arrogance and disconnection in Australian cricket, a cautionary queue for the new director executive, Kevin Roberts.
Elsewhere, Haigh describes the growing problems facing the Australian ODI team, which one player described as not resembling a team, while another criticized the lack of detailed information from former coach Darren. Lehmann on how to improve performance. "One player summed up the side of a day in one word: & # 39; Individuals & # 39 ;. There were no basic concepts or planning. They met in the morning, they left at night for the night. He never felt like a & # 39; team & # 39; Australian in any sense of the word. "
" Another player felt that Lehmann had fallen into this coaching fashion simply by running out of things to say: "I love Boof, he has a big heart and loves the players. really, I hardly trained at all. "Are you fighting? Just hit him. "" Are you going to run? Only bowling yorkers ". & # 39; We will crush them & # 39 ;." Actually
Haigh, one of the most important cricket writers in the world, wrote with David Frith the official history of Cricket Australia in 2007. The image was painted by Crossing The Line is much of what has happened since then, and focuses on the fact that, as an irresponsible monopoly, the governing body has become arrogant, secretive and inconsistent.
"Cricket Australia operates as a monopoly and monopsony, unregulated, unrestricted and tax-free," writes Haigh. "If you want to work in sport, there is an incentive to stay on the right side of the cricket's only cricket promoter and employer of cricket." During the last decade, the organization has also become increasingly reserved and sensitive, paradoxically, with each year that it has become richer and more powerful.
"Some of those who have raised questions in recent years have been penalized for their problems. When I was asked to summarize the culture of Australian cricket, one of my interviewees expressed it more succinctly than I ever could have said: "Bullies and flatterers." Said another, by way of contrast: & # 39; [Australian rules] Football gives you one in the belly. Cricket gives you one on the back. It is full of good enemies. Citing them directly would not improve their job prospects. But these voices do need an audience. "
Crossing The Line will be published this month by Slattery Media, before the independent cultural review conducted by Simon Longstaff of the Ethics Center and will be launched imminently by CA.