Saturday, February 23, 2008

The rhetoric of Justin Langer

I like Justin Langer, and if I ever have a son he shall be named Justin, and I will tell him he was named after JL (even if that wasn't really the case and I just liked the name).

SeƱor Langer, who has declined an offer of $236,850 (not enough for a house. Maybe a really big shed) to play for Jaipur and instead honour his commitment to Somerset, has said some interesting things.

"Before the auction, I don't know if many people anticipated what an issue these massive player payments would become. But when you see how much money is being paid out, I think we have to be very careful to protect the integrity of the game.

"A few days ago, playing for Australia would have been the main goal for just about every young player in the country. Now that might not be the case.

"When you go to your grave, people will remember what you did with your life rather than how much money you made."

I think he's dead right.


The Sporting Spirit said...

Agreed to the full....the integrity of the game should not suffer...and I think langer is predicting it would too...with IPL and so much money...involved...

Homer said...

Ah, the 5 concussions are finally taking effect!!!

JL is a bigger idiot than I thought he was if he thinks the "integrity of the game" is under threat.

Here is the long and the short of it Ms Field - there exists a sizable population in India ( and overseas) who cannot get enough of Test Cricket. As long as we stay interested ( and there is no reason not to,given that Test Cricket has become exciting once again after the dull 80s ), there is going to be a captive audience for Test Cricket.

The only fallout of the Twenty20 will be the ODIs. And I don't think thats any big loss!


David Barry said...

More importantly, I was going to be torn between my love of Langer and my hatred of Graeme Smith. Now my problem is reduced to a battle between Warney and Smith. I think my hatred of Smith will win out, and I'll support Mohali.

Golandaaz said...

Integrity my foot. Only 15 can play for Australia. If the IPL is creating more opportunitie for more people what's wrong.

All else remaining equal, why would you consider player X who chooses to play for Australia as having more integrity over a player who choses to make money.

Why judge people with a narrow lens?

If Tiger Woods had his waym he would never represent the US in Golf. I don't see the integrity of golf being questioned.

I agree with homer. 5050 is a goner.

Miss Field said...

I still think Justin's got a valid point.

Homer - Indians (and the rest of us) may love test cricket, and yes there will always be a captive audience for it, but we don't have the money or the power, and we aren't organising Twenty20 leagues, so it's totally taken out of our hands.

Gonlandaaz - I think the general consensus is that yes, the players who are not choosing the IPL (from both Australia and elsewhere) are thought to have greater integrity. Don't get me wrong, I am not against it, I think it's an interesting concept. But I think choosing honour over money will always speak volumes in the mainstream view of integrity, whether or not you think it should, and I think that's what Justin means.

As much as I'd like to think I'd choose the honour, it's impossible to know until I was actually in that situation. And I can't imagine I'll ever find myself in an IPL player auction. Phew.

Golandaaz said...


I agree with you. That is what general consensus is. That will change over time. Over time societies change their attitudes towards many things and this is only cricket.

In this case the overall cricketing population will have their traditional customs and beliefs challenged. But if the IPL or a similar concept suceeds than it will also succeed in changing public opinion about cricketers that choose money over representing Austrlaia.

I would consider an exercise like IPL to have bee a huge success if say a successful Aussie in the IPL is considered a national hero. Its a long time for that to happen.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Michael Clarke can transfom JL's latest words of wisdom into a new tattoo.

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