ECB hearings

Sir Geoffrey

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So according to the BBC the police are to investigate the hate crime of someone leaving an early yuletide log in AR's garden.Recently my car and many others were vandalised at a local football game, the police decided not to investigate, i despair.
 

Karma

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So according to the BBC the police are to investigate the hate crime of someone leaving an early yuletide log in AR's garden.Recently my car and many others were vandalised at a local football game, the police decided not to investigate, i despair.
I'm afraid Sir Geoffrey you don't have
a PR company, journalist, ECB, professor the Lord Patel of Bradford or the Select Committee, batting for you.

The first time I heard Mr Rafiq mentioning the incident it was in his parent's garden (not his) and things like that happen all the time all over the UK to many people of different colour and ethnicities. Mind.you I suppose if someone asks 'is it because I'm black?', then it changes from vandalism to hate crime at least in some quarters and it can also take on a political slant or hand moving the pieces.
 

Newby

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Investigate! I think that means in police speak that they have a decent enough image of someone so they can cross their fingers and hope somebody might tell them who it is, preferably where they live, and if possible when they are likely to be at home.
 

Hawke

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Gosh what an unusual and unpleasant topic to have as a main news item and leading cricket feature......the can is not just full of worms then....it's odd what comes out of the bottle with the genie....this might put me off my breakfast
 

Hawke

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And I think we know where the BBC’s online team are on this subject when such a matter is the lead piece on their Cricket website…
 

Newby

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Interesting article, not so much the bit about Gary Ballance, but more the back room machinations of the ECB, CDC and the LP led Yorkshire Board.

Under another heading we have talk of whether we have a good enough team to gain promotion, I fear we may have both hands tied behind our backs to ensure we not only don't win promotion, but don't win anything!

If that is the case I may take a sabbatical from professional cricket for the season.

 

Sir Geoffrey

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Wouldn't be a surprise to see Judge Roy Bean presiding over this,well apart from him being dead for over a hundred years that is, God help them.
 
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Karma

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I'll tell you what would be a big surprise, that if the Headingley Test wicket was dug up one night , diesel poured over it and in big letters using the White stuff used to mark the crease the following statement:

" FREE THE YORKSHIRE SUPPORTERS THEY ARE INNOCENT

- SO WHY PUNISH THEM AGAIN?"
 

Hawke

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So Ballance, as we know, has admitted his part in an ugly, juvenile dare game with Rafiq....

And Yorkshire-Patel- ECB PLC are admitting to whatever to the ECB...with the ECB wanting to look tough and modern and whatever to the general public...

The only positive, if we can call it that, is that the hearings are not to be live on the internet....which would be far too great an imposition on people unused to such scrutiny trying to defend their reputations and careers.....though I don't think they will receive a fair hearing anyway under the current political/social situation

Of course next, via George Dobell, Rafiq intends to write a tell-all along the lines of Harry Windsor....will this ever end?
 

Karma

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Yes Hawke, and Rafiq's book is due out in May. Did I say Rafiq's book? I should have said Dobell's book as it's him that's writing it as well as dictating most of the current narrative.

I suppose it's not a surprise that he was the only source about YCCC's plea bargaining with the ECB but it still concerns me as it gives me the impression that he's 'hand in glove' with them (as well as Rafiq and his team) almost to the extent that the ECB would take advice from him.

I also agree Hawke that 'public' now means the trial won't be broadcast but open to independent journalists and Dobell. Avoiding Mr Rafiq pulling more rabbits out of a hat where he was the only witness is a good broadcast but hardly fair and balanced.

As for Gary Ballance I somehow have the feeling that his apology to Rafiq was based primarily upon pragmatism so that he could resurrect his playing career. Obviously Rafiq giving permission' for Gary to start playing again was a magnanamous and welcome step from him.
 
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Newby

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I just wish these things, especially the Royal family stuff, could be kept in Hello Magazine territory where you can read about it if you are that way inclined, but the rest of us have the chance to leave it alone.

Brothers fight, don't always get on as well as the kids in Enid Blyton, and see things from differing points of view, who knew!

I doubt the Rafiq/Dobell book will come up with anything substantially new, just a one sided whinge at how the world has been so very unkind to him personally. It certainly won't be going on my 'must read' list but I expect clients like the BBC will be only too happy to heat up the leftovers and serve it to us again.
 
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tbsteve

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I, for one, am delighted to hear this! Maybe if the hearings can wrap up by then as well it can really be a fresh start.
 

Newby

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I expect he has already signed a book deal with George Dobell.

My guess is he has failed to get the clubs promised refinancing sorted out and will use his usual bag of excuses to cover his leaving as a good man hounded out.
 

Karma

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This is a difficult one to read.

Some claim he came in and saved the club from bankruptcy. Well the jury will still be out on that given that YCCC is in a considerably more parlous state than before he joined.

I'd like to think he's leaving because it's best for the club in that when the point deductions are known he won't be the focus for further rancour and divisions.
 

Hawke

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A few months ago someone 'close' to YCCC told me LP would go soon and the club and members would be left to pick up the pieces.
Between 2 and 3 million pieces and 16 or so careers. Oh also relegation.
And still no proof that this was a bad situation.
 
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