It gets better
Its a rare day when one gets email from the Managing Editor of Cricinfo (who sounds like a very young and defensive man). Here is our latest exchange. Martin Williamson responds:
Thanks for the mail.Just because we are a global website does not mean that every article has to be regionalised or qualified. Not does it have to cover the whole world. That would be unworkable and unnecessary. I am suitable impressed that you are an academic. However, your argument does not hold water and the article, and the brief for it, was never to find instances from across the world. I will be more than happy to write a follow-up with XI more from other countries. I will set about that straight away! I appreciate that you consider my writing and approach unprofessional but, with respect, do not really need to be told what standards to aim for and would not make any attempt to lecture you, a complete stranger, on how best to carry out your chosen career.And I wrote back:
Martin, Charming attitude for the Managing Editor of Cricinfo. Please read your second paragraph again, and I suggest you then put it on your website's home page. I'm sure all us "perfect strangers", the readers and users of your website, that have made it the hot property that it is (ESPN did buy you guys out, right?) will find it very edifying. Since you are impressed by me being an academic, I suggest a little homework for you: try explaining why my argument doesn't hold water. Please do. And please explain why a more descriptive title for the article is so hard for you. By the way, check out the column that preceded yours. Animal Antics, the one you wrote with Andrew Miller.10 of out these 11 instances involve cricket played in, or by England. This is like shooting fish in a barrel. Would you please make a decent point so that I can expend some energy in trying to refute it? Lastly, if you want feedback, be prepared for criticism and 'advice'. Otherwise, disable that page, and put up a button that says "Click here to send hosannas, bouquets, and hurrahs".