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Old 31st March 2007, 00:21   #61
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"Just showing a lack of fight" I believe someone said, not sure if it was Ramiz or Cullinan.
I think it was the great Ramiz - Cullinan was fairly generous towards the Irish.
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Old 31st March 2007, 01:38   #62
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Being confined mainly to radio commentary at the moment, I am getting very annoyed at the lack of professionalism these days. Some of these newer commentators don't even cover every ball. They start chatting to the summariser and sometimes a couple of balls are bowled and they talk about them retrospectively.

Then that most frustrating thing, wanting to know the score when you've missed some play. Today, the Irish commentator and also Arlo White decided to repeat the score after every ball, so you couldn't fail to know the score if you listened for a minute or two. But no scorecards read out, no bowling figures, so having left the game with two wickets down and rejoining with the sixth wicket falling I actually had to wait till I got to a TV to look at Ceefax to find out who took the wickets.

This simply is not good enough. Why, when CMJ and Aggers are in town, was so much of the commentary left to these amateurs?
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Old 31st March 2007, 01:47   #63
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After tonight's highlights program, I have a new hero. Step forwards Manish Bhasin, binoculars at the ready. "But what's that flag? It couldn't be! It's...*long, anticlimactic pause*...the IRISH flag! Ireland are in the World Cup! They couldn't upset ENGLAND, though...could they?????"

Then follows an inexplicable montage of our hero from countless different angles, all whilst still holding his binoculars. Yours truly creases up big-time.
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Old 1st April 2007, 02:11   #64
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After tonight's highlights program, I have a new hero. Step forwards Manish Bhasin, binoculars at the ready. "But what's that flag? It couldn't be! It's...*long, anticlimactic pause*...the IRISH flag! Ireland are in the World Cup! They couldn't upset ENGLAND, though...could they?????"

Then follows an inexplicable montage of our hero from countless different angles, all whilst still holding his binoculars. Yours truly creases up big-time.
I just thought it was embarrasingly bad. There's that difficult fine line between bad enough to be funny and only bad enough to be really bad isn't there?
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Old 1st April 2007, 02:13   #65
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Oh and while I'm here, Colin Croft was a great bowler but he didn't sound like a man who had watched any ODI cricket. He was talking about the middle overs as the time to thrash the bowling around for at least a run a ball (in a game where England had lost plenty of wickets already). I mean, try to pay attention. Just posting in your commentary doesn't impress me.
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i enjoyed the commentary team for Austrlia the other day well putting you know who aside....
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Old 2nd April 2007, 02:00   #67
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Oh and while I'm here, Colin Croft was a great bowler but he didn't sound like a man who had watched any ODI cricket. He was talking about the middle overs as the time to thrash the bowling around for at least a run a ball (in a game where England had lost plenty of wickets already). I mean, try to pay attention. Just posting in your commentary doesn't impress me.
I went right off him when he said all our bowlers were rubbish. It's ok for us to say they are but he could have could have been less brutal in his assessment. Just for that we have to get into the semi finals to make him eat his words.
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Old 2nd April 2007, 02:06   #68
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When Mark Nicholas came out with "Shaun Tait you little ripper" the other day, I thought I was going to be sick.

I managed to get by with a stream of invective at the Television, but it was a close run thing.
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Old 2nd April 2007, 02:10   #69
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The BBC highlights program is dire
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why do i find myself liking Damien Fleming, i used to hate him as a player!! the two Indian dudes are also pretty good.
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Old 2nd April 2007, 02:25   #71
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When Mark Nicholas came out with "Shaun Tait you little ripper" the other day, I thought I was going to be sick.

I managed to get by with a stream of invective at the Television, but it was a close run thing.
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Old 2nd April 2007, 02:29   #72
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The BBC highlights program is dire
Indeed. They drag it out so much, just get on with the cricket! They are trying too hard to be cool, when the only thing they really need to do to be loved, is show some proper cricket with proper presenting and proper analysis.

Sometimes it seems as if the show has been going on for longer than the WC itself...
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Old 2nd April 2007, 07:57   #73
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I totally agree with Michelle on some of the newer radio commentators - Kevin Hywel's (sp?) drivel last night - when he should have been doing ball by ball - was so awful I actually switched off.

Part of the problem is that they need a lot of commentators to cover the different islands at this stage of the tournament - and presumably they are stretched for experienced producers to keep them in line as well. But surely, surely, there must be some better people somewhere...
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Sanjay Manjrekar apparently flew out day before the bangladesh aus game, from india, to commentate. They thought india would be playing, so they contracted him from the super 8's to commentate on india games and in turn Athar ali khan the bengali commentator, was only contracted to the group stages commentary.

So now Manjrekar will be commentating in all the Bangladeshi games.
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Old 2nd April 2007, 09:35   #75
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Sanjay Manjrekar apparently flew out day before the bangladesh aus game, from india, to commentate. They thought india would be playing, so they contracted him from the super 8's to commentate on india games and in turn Athar ali khan the bengali commentator, was only contracted to the group stages commentary.

So now Manjrekar will be commentating in all the Bangladeshi games.
Manjrekar is actually a pretty good commentator, but its silly that Athar Ali Khan won't be there, I actually quite like him as a commentator.
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Old 2nd April 2007, 11:10   #76
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It's Howells () and yes, he's bad.

Him, Jonny Saunders and Arlo White are the triumvirate of evil in TMS form. And it's not a 'new' v 'old' thing, as Simon Mann is a fine commentator. Those three are just Five Live football commentators who have found themselves watching cricket instead.
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I never found Mark Nicholas this irritating before but he really is starting to get my goat as the tournament progresses.

I loved the in depth look into the problems with West Indian cricket during the rain delay yesterday, Charles Colvile and Jimmy Adams are legends
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Old 2nd April 2007, 22:53   #79
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Okay, as my reputation is shot to bits on here anyway....

What is it with the commentators and the open shirts on Sky during this WC.

I am not complaining but watching Nasser now, he may as well have a medallion on, and Michael Slater practically had a forest peeking out of his shirt yesterday. (Not that I am complaining you understand).

Even Bob Willis is showing his chest.

If it carries on like this, by the end of the world cup, will they be sitting there in teabag shirts and tight thongs?

I ask you! It's a family station!
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