The England Cricket Board are set to face great embarrassment at Wednesday’s AGM because several county chairmen object to the make-up of their reformed board.
English cricket’s rulers were hoping to rubber-stamp the appointment of their new 12-strong board, which has been restructured to meet Sport England governance requirements.
But county chiefs have a number of objections: the removal of any direct county cricket representatives among the new directors; the lack of cricketing backgrounds at board level, and the appointment of lawyer Barry O’Brien, who was involved in Glamorgan’s receipt of a £2.5million fee from the ECB for giving up the hosting of Test cricket — a controversial transaction which is under investigation.
ECB will face embarrassment because county chairmen object to the make-up of new board
The only direct cricketing know-how is supplied by chief executive Tom Harrison — he had a batting average of 11 during a brief county career — and Lucy Pearson, one of four women on the board, who played in 12 women’s Tests.
Yet the ECB are relaxed about any challenge to their proposed line-up in the knowledge that — as with the FA council — their 41 stakeholders often talk a good game in advance but then keep silent during meetings.
Sky Sports La Liga host David Garrido brazenly used social media during his presenting shift of the clasico in Barcelona on Sunday to promote his new personal Spanish football podcast, La Liga Lowdown.
Sky, who have lost Spanish league TV rights from next season, are sure to take a dim view of one of their staff advertising his own business during office hours without permission.
As will La Liga, if Garrido, who is also a Sky Sports News host, hasn’t checked over their registered brand name restrictions. A Sky Sports spokesman said: ‘We will be reminding David of his responsibilities.’
David Garrido will be ‘reminded of his responsibilities’ after plugging his own football podcast
Dein back on guest list
Former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein was back in the Emirates Stadium directors’ box on Sunday for the first time since April 2007, when he quit as a result of ‘irreconcilable differences’ with the rest of the board.
Dein and wife Barbara, who are understood to have received a warm welcome from everyone, were the guests of close friend Arsene Wenger for his last home game.
Former star midfielder Emmanuel Petit turned down pundit duty with French television so he could attend Wenger’s farewell. However, his Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry carried on with his Sky Sports commitments at Manchester City, which didn’t go down well on social media.
Perhaps Thierry felt he should do nothing to affect his vastly overpaid £4m-a-year Sky deal.
Sky say they wanted Henry at the City game because the focus was on manager Pep Guardiola — whom Thierry played under at Barcelona — winning the Premier League.
Ex-Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein (L) was back in the Emirates directors’ box on Sunday
Morocco’s hopes of reaching a head-to-head FIFA Congress vote in June against the combined USA/Canada/Mexico bid to stage the 2026 World Cup rests on the FIFA evaluation report later this month.
The FIFA inspection group made a second visit to the African country because of concerns over accommodation and stadiums, which Morocco say they have resolved.
However, a score of less than two out of five in either of these mandatory categories would rule Morocco out before the Moscow vote.
It was not the best way to create positive first impressions of Morocco’s World Cup bid when the albeit charming organisers — at their own expense — flew a UK media party into Casablanca when the tour was kicking off in Marrakesh — two-and-a-half hours away by car — which has frequent flights from London.
On a more positive note, the crazy Jemaa el-Fnaa, the iconic square in Marrakesh, has the wow factor as a proposed fan zone — even if the snake charmers won’t make it through security.
FIFA made a second visit to Morocco because of concerns over accommodation and stadiums