Saturday, August 29, 2009


I love cricket and hope to have heaps to say on this blog. Of course you don't know, maybe my cricketing thoughts will expire more quickly than I expect.

I don't see many great cricket blogs around.

There was one - briefly. The Black Cap bowler Iain O'Brien blogged for a while on a blog he set up himself. When he began it, about two years ago, it was raw and real. He said what he really thought, he was honest about the team's ups and downs, about his opponents, the crowds. He swore and quoted others swearing. He was funny and revealing.

Then there was a comment about crowds that got picked up in the press and made a fuss about. The cricket authorities then ruled he had to run his blog posts past the media manager. They said it would make no difference to his posts. But suddenly the blog was cleaned up. No revelations, no swearing, no criticism of anything. Just the sort of bland talk about nothing that is typical of what the players say when interviewed in the media. Just banalities and cliches.

Iain O'Brien is clearly capable of independent thought. But don't worry - they soon bashed that out of him.

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