The Blazers usurped by the Blokes in English cricket | Barney Ronay

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Being cool and knowing the right people seems to trump qualifications or experience in the ECB’s brave new world

Blessed are the Blokes, for they shall inherit the earth. There has been a steady evolution in the governing class of English cricket. For many decades the sport was ruled by the Blazers. The Blazers were faceless. They smelt of crusted port and Chesterfield sofas. They ruled the committee room with an iron liver-spotted fist. Over time they staked out the summer sport as their own private fiefdom.

The Blazers were eventually flushed out by the Marketing Men. The Marketing Men were rainmakers and deal-brokers. They didn’t wear blazers. They wore ties and suits. They knew about revenue streams. They made deals and monetised the product. Over time they staked out the summer sport as their own private fiefdom.

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Written by Barney Ronay
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2022/may/13/the-blazers-have-been-usurped-by-the-blokes-in-crickets-corridors-of-power under the title “The Blazers usurped by the Blokes in English cricket | Barney Ronay”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.