Politicians playing sport and sportsmen playing politics

If Moeen Ali gets punished for wearing a wristband, then I hope the next time a cricketer has to meet the likes of Mugabe during a game that they set him straight on what a hideous person he is and make the fine from the ICC worth it.


The Fallen

In October the ECB awarded central contracts for 2013-14 to the following:

James Anderson (Lancashire)
Ian Bell (Warwickshire)
Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire) 
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
Alastair Cook (Essex)
Steven Finn (Middlesex)
Kevin Pietersen (Surrey)
Matt Prior (Sussex) 
Joe Root (Yorkshire)
Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire)
Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire)

Were this the USSR we'd see several gaps in this photo now.
Were this the USSR we’d see several gaps in this photo now.

7 players are now not available for selection through long-term injury (Swann, Trott and Prior), form (Finn and Bresnan) and long-term decisions (we all know who).

Central contracts were introduced to provide stability and continuity of selection. Arguably October’s contract list has arguably contributed to instability this year. Too many players were playing too much cricket and the players and the English game in general has borne the brunt.

It’s such a shame that when they negotiated the central contracts price rise in October that the players did not negotiate for time off rather than more money.

Hymns and Arias for Twenty20

I wrote this in April after Glamorgan beat Surrey and posted it as a comment on the Guardian’s website. Now Glamorgan are back there tonight in a Twenty20 here it is on here for posterity.

Guide me, O thou great Reesdeemer,
Pilgrim though this barren land(of division two);
I am Wagg, but thou art Allenby;
Hold me with thy powerful hand;
Bragg of Newport,
Wagg of Rugby
Beat Surrey now and evermore
Beat Surrey now and evermore

Warm Weather advice on Beards, Shorts & Sandals issued

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The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has issued updated advice on the wearing of Beards, Shorts and Sandals with warm weather in some areas of the UK forecast for the next few days

1] Shorts and sandals may be worn after 9am until 8pm at the discretion of the wearer.
2] Where sandals are worn the wearing of socks is discouraged but not forbidden
3] If socks are not worn toenails must be neat, trimmed, clean and fungus free
4] Shorts should ideally be around knee length to provide a balanced image with the beard
5] Shorts should be of conservative design and colour. Wearing of bright red, yellow or floral patterned shorts is forbidden and shorts should generally come below the knee

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