Comments on: Cricket in a Western Independent and irreverent cricket writing Mon, 28 Nov 2022 08:23:56 +0000 hourly 1 By: Ged Ladd Mon, 28 Nov 2022 08:23:56 +0000 In reply to King Cricket.

Absolutely right, Bert.

It is a similar argument to the discussion we had a week or so ago on another thread apropos there being too much international cricket in consideration of the large sums settled by the TV companies for television rights.

Bodies such as the ECB have a stewardship role (i.e. protecting the long-term future of the game), not just an income maximising role. Private equity has no such brief – profit and wealth maximisation being the sole purpose. If the ECB is to sup with private equity, it should therefore do so with a very long spoon. Initial noises from “The Two Dicks” of the ECB suggest that they are planning to sup appropriately with regard to the recent approach.

That is why I am more gladdened than saddened, (albeit cautiously), by news of the approach.

By: Bert Sun, 27 Nov 2022 20:12:34 +0000 In reply to King Cricket.


It’s completely obvious that you have to have money to run a major international sport. The problem with private equity is that it reverses this. It’s no longer that money is needed to run the sport, it’s that the sport is needed to make the money. The money becomes the point.

Private equity companies look for two things. They want a dividend, a regular payment for their investment. And they want the value of their investment to increase. After ten years of taking a decent dividend, they will want to sell it on to some other money-making concern, for more that they paid (adjusted). All decisions will necessarily be based on these two things.

The long term interest of cricket is not one of the things they’re interested in. We (the fans) want cricket to invest in schools so that in twenty years there will be a new set of superstars to play the game. This is so far beyond the timescales of PE, it wouldn’t even register. Would reinvesting in junior cricket enhance the value of the sport? Probably not. Would it reduce the dividend? Probably yes. Therefore…

F1 was run under PE for a decade. The result was no Spanish GP, no German GP, no Belgian GP, no San Marino GP. Instead, we got Azerbaijan, Russia, Abu Dhabi, and Bahrain. Why? See above. What about the fans in those places? Who?

By: Ged Ladd Sun, 27 Nov 2022 08:29:56 +0000 In reply to King Cricket.

Whoops don’t know where that dollar sign came from. Sunday morning fingers, presumably.

Inflation-adjusted annuity value in perpetuity of £300M – roughly £7,.5M pa.

By: Ged Ladd Sun, 27 Nov 2022 08:28:17 +0000 In reply to King Cricket.

A gnat’s pubes and private equity at breakfast-time on a Sunday? I’ll be threatening to cancel my subscription next.

Of course £300M is a lot of money, but it would probably come (as currently proposed) with a lot of strings that would, on closer analysis, make £300M seem like scant compensation for selling a 75% stake in one of our metaphorical major collections of family silver.

You have to look at annuity value not headline price when selling stakes. Nominally – say – £15M per annum. But inflation makes annuity values look high unless you inflation-adjust the annuity value (roughly half the nominal annuity value). $7.5M per annum. That would be just a few-hundred-thousand pounds per county per annum – which would be a nice “no strings attached” guaranteed bonus grant in perpetuity, but would be scant compensation for – say – giving up a proportion of the Blast income. The ECB has already guaranteed the counties more than that as compensation for The Hundred and it is not enough to keep the county system afloat.

Actually it is good news that private equity comes along with a number as high as £300M expressing an interest in investing in English domestic cricket. The problem is that it would be terrible news simply to say “yes” to that figure for the proposition they are likely to be proposing with it.

Hopefully, with the ECB’s “Two Dicks” (Thompson & Gould) at the helm, both Hundred-sceptics, a sensible deal or no deal at all can be worked out.

By: King Cricket Sun, 27 Nov 2022 06:37:02 +0000 In reply to A P Webster.

One of the all the great PR photos is that Allen Stanford one where they’re all stood around a million dollars in a glass box.

We love the idea that nobody thought this was maybe just a little bit too much.

It’s a gnat’s pube away from lying in a bed of money, throwing big handfuls of notes into the air.

By: A P Webster Sat, 26 Nov 2022 19:19:40 +0000 In reply to King Cricket.

A lot of comments I’ve seen are along the lines of ‘£400m is loads of money, they should bit their hand off’, without much consideration of why a group of investors might be willing to put up that much money, and what they might be getting in return.

There is a long history of sporting clubs/associations not asking many questions when someone turns up with a load of money (in a rented helicopter or otherwise) and then regretting it later.

By: King Cricket Sat, 26 Nov 2022 16:38:16 +0000 In reply to A P Webster.

Ah, private equity. There’s definitely something to be said for keeping your thing too shit to ever attract it.

By: A P Webster Sat, 26 Nov 2022 15:33:35 +0000 Hmmmmmmm…..

By: Ged Ladd Sat, 26 Nov 2022 07:41:40 +0000 The facial hair looks all wrong for 1890.

Either Wyoming had a peculiar subcultural facial hair fashion all of its own in 1890 (which is quite possible of course) or, as I suspect, this actor was only prepared to go so far with his own growth and the BBC budget didn’t stretch to a high-grade 1890 falsy.

The bat looks super-authentic though. Like the antique bats sold in low-end antiques emporia the length and breadth of merry England. And those on display in the Lord’s pavilion.

By: A P Webster Fri, 25 Nov 2022 19:46:57 +0000 Judging by that follow-through, the batter has either just launched it to the boundary, or has never played cricket before in their life.