Over the wicket Resolutions for cricket community
It is the last day of the year and everyone makes New Year resolutions. It would be great if cricket administrators as well as cricketers did the same to make the game look smarter and better next year.
Let's start with England, the No 1 ranked Test team in the world. To safeguard their team spirit, their cricket board must ensure that star spinner Graeme Swann does not write any more books snubbing teammates like he did against Kevin Pietersen.
South Africa, which has started losing matches even at home, must appoint a good psychologist to boost their confidence that evaporates when challenged. They should get rid of their chokers tag or gracefully include that tag as part of their team logo.
Australians must make every effort not to consult Greg Chappell to decide their team combination. It would also work better if questions are not raised on the longevity of Ricky Ponting and simply let him score runs without comparing him with Sachin Tendulkar.
Sri Lanka's players, including their captain, should stop telling the world that they are losing matches because of the vacuum created by Muttiah Muralitharan and instead keep winning like they did in South Africa. Their cricket board officials may well promise not to sell tickets for the Twenty20 World Cup without supervision.
Chris Gayle of West Indies should resolve to apologise to his board and stage a comeback, hitting sixes in the direction where his board officials are seated, or consider each delivery a board official when facing it.
Pakistan must make every attempt to see that Shahid Afridi is not given another chance to retire. Their new chairman Zaka Ashraf must repeatedly make statements on reviving India-Pakistan series whenever he is away from the glare of media attention. He should continue to invite international teams to play in Pakistan but stage the matches in the UAE.
Bangladesh can recall Dav Whatmore as their coach since it was under him they looked like a winning combination. New Zealand and Zimbabwe should consider luring people to their country to take up cricket rather than any other sport.
India must pray for their team's victory on foreign soil rather than Tendulkar's 100th century. Sunil Gavaskar should stop believing in politicians who promise him remuneration for his services to the game. The Board of Control for Cricket in India must accept the Decision Review System or sponsor tissues for cricketers who cry over wrong umpiring decisions.
Finally, the International Cricket Council must keep reiterating that Test cricket is vital and stop postponing the Test Championship.