CHAMPIONSHIP | Middlesex vs Yorkshire (Pre-match thread)

Joined: 13 Jan 2015, 19:59

18 Sep 2016, 07:49 #31

Seadog73

Come on Mate. Get with the Programme.

If the Strauss Conspiracy works, he'll have devalued the County Championship so much it'll be killed off.

This is STRAUSS we're talking about.

He's doing A & B you Mug.....

Phil
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Joined: 20 Oct 2013, 20:03

18 Sep 2016, 08:03 #32

The only question I want to know the answer to is whether there are players who have said they would like to play who have been told they can't.
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Joined: 21 Jan 2004, 19:13

18 Sep 2016, 08:37 #33

The answer is more complicated.

Yes Straus is out to wreck the County Championship, but he's an ex-Middlesex captain so being able to help them win is an added bonus.
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Joined: 02 Jul 2014, 19:18

18 Sep 2016, 08:56 #34

I don't think that makes a lot of sense, how can someone be disinterested in the CC, yet at the same time try to rig it?
Keeping up with all these conspiracy theories is confusing me.
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Joined: 13 Jan 2015, 19:59

18 Sep 2016, 09:55 #35

May I also remind everyone on The Grassy Knoll that SOMERSET also have a chance of winning the Champo.

Don't forget that Strauss also played one game for them.

The devious git.

He ain't denying it.

Phil
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Joined: 08 Dec 2013, 13:18

18 Sep 2016, 10:46 #36

Bloody hell, are people actually serious with these claims of a conspiracy??

Re: Murtagh, I'm sure the dynamics between a county and the cricket board that administers all of their domestic cricket and provides most of their funding and between a county and a fairly weak third party board are a bit different...
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Joined: 22 Apr 2014, 18:08

18 Sep 2016, 10:52 #37

Some on here are going to hate it if we manage to win the title this week without Root & Bairstow, be struggling for something to moan about

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Joined: 17 Oct 2013, 18:36

18 Sep 2016, 11:19 #38

I think all this stuff about conspiracy theories etc arises out of the fact that there is no clarity from the ECB as to how the process for which players are rested and when works.

If they were to come out and say who actually makes the decision and what it is based upon (is it Strauss/Bayliss/Farbrace making the decision alone or do the players as Fraser seemed to suggest have an input) and then after the decision is made say why it was made for each individual player, a lot of the suspicion that it is not consistently applied across the board might go away.

Perhaps we ought to move to a system closer to the one that operates in English rugby union and have the players belong to England during the period of internationals but outside this period they belong to the counties and it is then between the players and the counties to decide if they need rest.
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Joined: 03 Jun 2014, 20:54

18 Sep 2016, 11:38 #39

Phil Quote:

"Come on Mate. Get with the Programme. If the Strauss Conspiracy works, he'll have devalued the County Championship so much it'll be killed off. This is STRAUSS we're talking about.He's doing A & B you Mug....."

I agree that the idea of a pro-Middlesex conspiracy regarding JB and Root is ridiculous, but are you really suggesting that it is also ridiculous to take the view that the ECB are, at best, uninterested in the championship and, at worst, see it is an impediment to their vision for the game?
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Joined: 20 Nov 2013, 19:24

18 Sep 2016, 11:56 #40

There is logic in the "powers that be" to insist that Root takes rest as he has had long season PLAYING in internationals but the same logic does not apply for Bairstow who has had rests in recent weeks and is not a fully contracted England player. There is inconsistency and "silence" from those responsible only leads to suspicions of unfair player treatment and conspiracy theories.
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