Yet more examples of the level of greed that has crept into the administration of cricket around the world.

Firstly, India’s cricketing authorities have threatened all manner of punitive measures against cricketers (both Indian and foreign) that take part in the rival Indian Cricket league competition this winter. Luckily, it seems as though a number of county regulars are going to ignore such threats and earn some decent money over the winter.

The ECB however has joined the BCCI in opposing the ICL project and has told players that England selectors will take their actions into consideration when chosing future squads. Is this legal? Mind you, given the way Chris Read and Vikram Solanki – two players reported to be off to play in India – have been treated by the selectors, who could blame them for taking an opportunity to boost their incomes and stick two fingers (Atapattu stylee) to the selectors. Even cricketers have bills to pay and families to feed.

The second example concerns Cricket Australia and could be matched by the Indians. The Aussies have declined to accredit photographers from news agencies, and in so doing prevent them from taking action shots from matches that are then sold on to newspapers and websites to illustrate match reports. The Aussies want a cut of the money made by the agencies that sell pictures to the papers. The difficulty this poses is that many newspapers choose to buy from agencies rather than sending their own snapper to matches as it is cheaper for them to do so. One agency snapper can supply a wide range of media, and if you look at the newspapers and websites you read, you’ll see the likes of AFP and Reuters credited in a huge number of snaps.

One likely result is that newspapers will stop running pictures from the cricket, and possibly devote even less space to the game than they do already. I couldn’t agree more with Martin Williamson, this will not help promote the game.

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