As it happened: v Pakistan, Day Two
To all the fans who have ever filmed footage on their mobile phone at the cricket and uploaded it to social media, you’ve breached Cricket ‘s digital media rights. But don’t feel too bad if you did not know, neither, it seems, did the Melbourne Cricket Club.The MCC was asked on Monday by Cricket to remove from the MCG’s official Twitter account a re-tweet of a fan’s post that showed video of Nathan Lyon’s now famous Boxing Day wicket.
Under CA’s ticket and entry conditions, fans are not allowed to disseminate video or sound recordings on social media without written consent of the governing body, which holds the digital media rights. The rule, however, is hardly ever enforced among the general public – it would be simply too hard to police and it’s free publicity as well for the game. But CA wanted the MCG, as the official venue, to retweet by the correct methods – ie from the cricket苏州夜网.au account.
While we’re on the topic of Nathan Lyon, the off-spinner was quite nervous as a result of the Facebook campaign in honour of him. As he approached the third ball of his first over, Lyon was desperately hoping he did not drag one down and have the crowd yell “Nice Garry” to a ball that was smashed for a four or six.
There’s been a mini scandal in the Sydney grade cricket scene this summer, but it’s got nothing to do with sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. In cricket circles, it’s even more salacious than that. Telling fibs to enhance one’s own cricket reputation is not uncommon, as documented so well by The Grade Cricketer on Twitter, but as this case shows the ramifications of doing so can be dire. A lower-grade player was punted by his club after he was busted improving his bowling figures in the official scorebook. The altered figures were causing problems when it came to entering results into the MyCricket database as the numbers would not add up. Some may say this is very trivial and hardly a sackable offence, but in the digital era when records are so readily accessible the importance of keeping accurate records is magnified, as is the incentive to tamper with them. The Tonk has been told the operation was “very amateurish” and that it was “ludicrous” someone thought they could get away with it.
Pakistan opener Azhar Ali was given a rude shock on Tuesday when he was wrongly given run out on the MCG scoreboard. The ns had appealed in hope more than anything for a run out at the bowler’s end that was referred to the video umpire. So unconfident were they of success, Steve Smith’s men were taking drinks and not even paying attention when the scoreboard flashed the red signal for out. The news was met with smiles and laughter by the ns and shock by the Pakistanis, who were quickly informed by umpire Sundaram Ravi of the technical glitch. Azhar’s fortunate he did not suffer the same fate as Adam Gilchrist, who was adjudged run out by the third umpire despite replays showing him to be comfortably in during a game against Sri Lanka in 1999. “I think he’s pushed the wrong button,” the late Tony Greig said on the call.
It’s a particularly busy time of the year for James Sutherland and not just because of the Boxing Day Test. The Cricket chief has two children progressing through the pathway system. Daughter Annabel made her WBBL debut for the Melbourne Renegades in Blacktown on Tuesday and son Will was playing in a BBL curtain-raiser across town at the SCG. “Pat Howard sometimes says I’m a client as well,” Sutherland quipped on the ABC about CA’s team performance boss. Sutherland could not be in Sydney, but his wife, Heidi, was there “representing the family”. “It’s exciting times, we’re thrilled for the kids to be playing a sport they love,” Sutherland said.