Thursday, August 02, 2007

Turn off the darn mikes

So, its official: Peter Moores, the English coach, would like the stump microphones turned down. Now, I'll be honest, I didn't hear a single word of all the so-called sledging during the first test. Whatever I know, whether its about Matt Prior's Tourette-Syndrome-like behind-the-stump blatherings or about what was said between dispensers of confectioneries and fast bowlers, is all because of it being reported by either television commentators (who insist on talking over all the occasions when you might actually hear something from the players) or print journalists. The rest, which mainly consists of fast bowlers staring, cursing, handing out verbals, shoulder-barging, bowling beamers and all of the rest, comes from having seen, not hearing it all on the television. Perhaps Mr. Moores would like Sky to turn off its television cameras, send Beefy, Nass, Shaz et al. home, and hand over the day's proceedings to the Beeb? Back to radio commentary!

7 Comments:

Anonymous Miriam said...

Instead of turning off the mikes, please can we turn off Matt Prior? Nice blog by the way.

12:21 PM  
Blogger The Atheist said...

Bloody hell! What has happened to the England camp?

Have they been replaced with evil robot skin-heads? What's happening to the world?

What possible reason could you give for switching off the mikes? Other than concealing behaviour that is unacceptable from the general public/match referee?

England = rah-bish!

1:21 PM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Miriam: I agree - I don't mind some of the staring and the odd word here and there, but the whole thing looked a bit Spinal-Tap like.

Atheist: I'm equally surprised. Does Moores really believe that his response makes any sense - "we need a secure free-fire zone for abuse" (when most of what pisses people of is the obvious visual evidence of arrested development).

4:58 PM  
Anonymous Sfx said...

I'm not even sure I understand what he means.

The stump mics are to be turned off between deliveries - but the match officials and the guys in the studio obviously hear everything all the time. Does he mean we switch the whole thing off? Surely not. Bcos if thats the case, then we'll have lunch time shows with lip readers like we had after Zidane's head butt...

9:34 PM  
Blogger Sumit Chakraberty said...

the ATP found a better way to turn off the abuse and distraction from tennis matches: fines and suspensions.

6:20 AM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Sfx: the more I think about it, the more I'm wigged out. When should the mikes be on then? And lip reading and visual indicators are still there. And its not going to improve behavior any.

Sumit: One thing is for sure, we simply don't have the old school Nastase-Connors-McEnroe type tantrums in tennis anymore. And interestingly, wonders of wonders, the standard of tennis hasn't declined. Could it be, gasp, because sledging has nothing to do with the quality of the cricket you play?

3:19 PM  
Blogger Soulberry said...

And I thought only Sreesanth had lost it for a while at Trent Bridge!

8:34 AM  

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