Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Giles Clarke wins Snob of the Day

Here is Giles Clarke, chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, talking to the BBC about Alastair Cook:
"He is a very determined guy, a very good role model and he and his family are very much the sort of people we want the England captain and his family to be."
Over to Daniel Brigham on The Cricketer site:
To be clear, Clarke – who runs the English game, remember – thinks that the England captain and his family should be a certain “sort of people”. ...
Just as George Bush wanted American families to be more like the Waltons than the Simpsons, it appears that Clarke wants the England captain’s family to be more like the Crawleys than the Royles. 
We can only guess, but being nicely dressed, owning a big pile in the country and enjoying a penchant for shooting wildlife might tick some big boxes. 
There is, of course, absolutely nothing wrong with the England captain having a nice family. At very best, though, it should be a bonus. It certainly should not be a prerequisite.
I do hope I am not going to have to make this award too often.

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