Global Media Slams Cricket World Cup “Disaster”, “Shambles”, “Sour Taste”, “Farce”

Is This What Is Meant By “Legacy Benefits” ?

Simply type in Malcolm Speed on Google news and literally hundreds of media reports are carried on the CWC Final last Saturday. Many of them are less than complimentary including:

‘Shambles CWC Final sums up tournament’ – Reuters

‘A stumps end of disaster’ – Toronto Star

‘Tragedy and farce will linger longest’ – Guardian

‘World Cup leaves sour taste’ – BBC

Sadly, there does not appear a tiny corner of the globe where the world’s media has been less than complimentary.

Even locally, in Mike Kings article in today’s Nation aptly entitled – First Words – he mentions ‘It is disappointment that about $2 million could be spent on a closing ceremony that had to be viewed in gloom as Barbados strangely constructed a modern stadium without floodlights’.

As a direct consequence ‘Global Cricket Corporation the international Cricket Council’s commercial partners for all sponsorship and broadcast’s, apparently found the conditions too dark for transmission and cut the feed’.

So who exactly did see the ‘$2 million’ closing event?

Certainly not the billions of television viewers across the world we were promised.

And yet Malcolm Speed is still describing it as a success!

Pray tell me – what would failure be then?

Adrian Loveridge
29 April 2007

26 Comments

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26 responses to “Global Media Slams Cricket World Cup “Disaster”, “Shambles”, “Sour Taste”, “Farce”

  1. common sense

    How ignorant could anyone be to plan fireworks in a stadium which had no lighting?
    What happened to the security when the sun set?
    Some people complained that they had to pick their way out of the stands because they could not see.

  2. samizdat

    Predictably, the world’s media has been unanimous in its scorn and derision. The overwhelming consensus is that the chaos of the final was an appropriate end to a dismal tournament.

    Perhaps the most damning review of all the ones I’ve read is in the Sydney Morning Herald (Australia’s most widely-read newspaper. Click the link below to read it):

    http://www.smh.com.au/news/cricket/blind-led-the-blind/2007/04/29/1177787973976.html

    Bear in mind that this from the press of the country that WON…

    The only glimmer of consolation I can find in all this is that none of commentators I’ve read blame the people of the West Indies for the fiasco (which is what I was dreading). Their contempt is reserved strictly for the game’s administrators – principally the ICC.

    Nevertheless, what saddens and angers me most is that the world will always associate it with the Caribbean, however unfair that may be.

    Can’t you just imagine the millions of people around the globe who watched the final laughing like jackasses, having just had their prejudices about third-world incompetence confirmed?

    It makes me sick at heart…

  3. Pogo

    Our beloved leaders led us into this with great fanfare and promises and instead of making sure it worked well just lined their pockets.

    I guess we deserve what we got for trusting them.

    Disgusting.

  4. crossroads

    I have noticed, in most press articles that the blame of a poor world cup in placed squarly on the shoulders of the almighty ICC. However the praise for the Caribbean people has been never ending. I belive we can still hold our head high and be proud of what we have achived. Its is sometimes better to learn and grow from criticism, than to drown in false praise.

  5. Inkwell

    Samizdat,
    Your eagerness to condemn leads your logic astray. You say “The only glimmer of consolation I can find in all this is that none of commentators I’ve read blame the people of the West Indies for the fiasco (which is what I was dreading). Their contempt is reserved strictly for the game’s administrators – principally the ICC.” But yet you conclude that “millions of people around the globe who watched the final laughing like jackasses, having just had their prejudices about third-world incompetence confirmed” a clear non sequitur if there ever was one.

    The “fiasco”, if the entire tournament could be so described, is being blamed on the ICC for its high level of bureaucracy and greed. The prevailing emotion being expressed by commentators toward the Caribbean I find is one of sympathy. We shouldn’t be so hard on ourselves.

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  7. Adrian Loveridge

    A very interesting audio clip on

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/caribbean.com

    today including an interview with Rawle Branker.
    Click onto Caribbean Report.

    Hopefully BFP will be able to insert the link?

  8. Follow the money

    Adrian Loveridge

    Follow the link below to an article in the New Asia Times that explains why ICC’s Malcolm Speed is describing “it” a success… They are laughing all the way to the bank as they sold the broadcast and marketing rights to Global Cricket Corporation in 2006 for US$532 Million, without putting up any risk capital to build infrastructure or stadia!

    It appears the LOC’s thought the money was in tourism and ticket sales!

    http://www.newasiatimes.com/news/reports/?report=11943

  9. True Native

    Adrian Loveridge: In order to access the web page you provided, you have to leave off the dot com after caribbean. If you do it your way you will get “Page Not Found”. At least that is what happened to me, until I left off the .com.

  10. Adrian Loveridge

    Sorry True Native, thanks for the correction.

  11. Adrian Loveridge

    Interesting article by David Himkson in Advocate today entitled ‘$1 million for 15 minutes.

    ‘ACT Productions, based in Miami was contracted to provide the stage, lighting and cameras for the closing ceremony at a cost of BD$400,000’.

    ACT Productions also have an interesting website and President.

    Can anyone shed any ‘light’ of what ‘we’ got for the $400,000?
    Was it value for money?

    Perhaps one of our ‘well qualified Barbadian companies, that could have done the job for a much lower cost’ could comment?

  12. Adrian Loveridge

    Interesting article by David Hinkson in Advocate today entitled ‘$1 million for 15 minutes.

    ‘ACT Productions, based in Miami was contracted to provide the stage, lighting and cameras for the closing ceremony at a cost of BD$400,000’.

    ACT Productions also have an interesting website and President.

    Can anyone shed any ‘light’ of what ‘we’ got for the $400,000?
    Was it value for money?

    Perhaps one of our ‘well qualified Barbadian companies, that could have done the job for a much lower cost’ could comment?

  13. Rumplestilskin

    ”It appears the LOC’s thought the money was in tourism and ticket sales”

    Obviously all of the funds to be had are television rights as we should all know. The ticket sales etc are small money to set off ancillary costs.

    Do you mean they actually did not contract for a share of the television rights??????????

    Mind-boggling.

  14. yatinkiteasy

    The “lighting” at the finals presentation consisted of four or five banks of generator powered lights (as used by COW on road works at night.)They could have been rented for less than $50000…Mervin Lynch or others could have provided camera coverage for a fraction of what was paid to ACT in Miami.Just another example of waste and/or corruption.
    Whoever did the fireworks should be shot. 1. It could not be seen at all from the $US300 seats in the WWW stand. 2Someone stared the fireworks several minutes early, thereby ruining the steelband performance, which was already ruined by a poor sound system.No wonder the Prime Minister hid from the crowds! He would have been booed by 25000 people….not good for his popularity rating!

  15. thieves

    The front page of today’s Nation outlines what is considered as a successful tournament. Curtailing 2 million in credit card fraud, stopping a small Tamil demonstration at the airport (in most other countries the demonstration would have been allowed under controlled circumstances) and denying visas to 1540 people for reasons of human trafficking. This is what success means!

  16. Follow the money

    Rumplestilskin… yes you are correct… Zero revenue share to host countries.

    See the April 4th article in the Jamaica Observer link… read it and weap!

    http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/html/20070403T230000-0500_121315_OBS_CARIB_GOV_TS_UNHAPPY_WITH_CWC_REVENUE_SHARE.asp

  17. Follow the money

    GEORGETOWN (Guyana), April 8: Caribbean countries hosting the World Cup were pressured by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to either sign a contentious Host Venue Agreement (HVA) or lose the opportunity to host the event, alleged officials of at least three local organising committees (LOCs).

    See the link for the whole story.

    http://worldcup.indiatimes.com/Caribbeans_gave_in_to_ICC_pressure/articleshow/1875202.cms

  18. Wishing in vain

    What a laughable idiot Lynch is at the peak of the world cup of the 700 yachts sheduled to arrive in Barbados we saw the grand total of 20 where were the remaing 680????
    In his dreams and his lying and dishonesty he forgot that we would pay attention and notice such a lie????

  19. Follow the money

    Explaining the World Cup agreementsSun, Apr 15, ’07

    by CHRIS DEHRING

    See the link below to caribbeancricket.com … Mr. Dehring states…

    “In 1998, with the full knowledge and encouragement of the CARICOM Heads of Government, the WICB bid for, and won the right to host the 2007 Cricket World Cup.”

    “Each country was provided with a 298-page Bid Book which contained the technical specifications and requirements of hosting the event and a Host Venue Agreement (HVA) which mirrored WICB’s and ICC’s obligations in the HA and MRA, respectively.”

    Thats right folks, we got it in writing!

    http://caribbeancricket.com/news/2006/10/32/2379

  20. samizdat

    Read what I said more carefully, Inkwell.

    Journalists haven’t blamed us for the fiasco (I note you use inverted commas for this term). They put the blame on cricket administrators.

    It’s what ordinary viewers who watched the final on TV around the world – not impartial cricket journalists – that concern me.

    As for what you perceive as the commentators’ “sympathy”: well, you may be right. But how does that make you feel as a West Indian?

    No-one respects those they pity. But perhaps that doesn’t bother you…

  21. samizdat

    Edit to my last post:

    “It’s what ordinary viewers around the world who watched the final on TV are thinking – not impartial cricket journalists – that concern me.”

  22. laughing barbadian

    again the whole thing has been a stupid fiasco cwc that is right down to the closing out cermony ,,,,,, i am ashamed today to be a west indian far lest a barbadian but i can only laugh when i see how easily some bajans were duped by the powers that be ,,,,,,where in carlilse bay would 700 yachts anchor and where were “”90,000″” visitors going …..to the oval or were they coming all the way here to watch it on tv …….some of the powers that be seem to have no shame standing and telling people of this country lies

  23. Wishing in vain

    http://www.cricketnext.com/news/asian-boards-gang-up-against-icc/24803-13.html
    Have a read and then comment to Marcus 2 so much for your view that this was the best world cup remember Owing stating that he would move heaven and earth to make it the best world cup ever now read on.

  24. fil

    sad. very sad.
    And the AG now comes out from under her shell to praise “securituy” and indicates that we should “look back and remember more positive things”.
    Soon the PM shall weigh in, with “all’s well , that end’s well.
    We all know folly went on, and the reality is, no one really cares.
    Do you really think that any one of the people “of influence” in this country, who go home to hot meals prepared by their maid, really care?
    Do they care about the people sending their children to school, day on, day off, because there is no busfare? Or they care ’bout the people children, for whom school meals is their first, last and only meal of the day?
    Get real. That is the reality of Barbados, in a day where we can spend over 1.5 Million Dollars on a finale in the dark, for CWC.
    And don’t bring that BS about how, the poor we shall always have with us.
    We have consistently as a people (as long as i have had sense), white and black (red and yellow), been spineless, never willing to say (or do) the difficult things.
    On this 2×4 island, we ALL know NOTHING goes unseen. From murder back down to sex.
    And our mutual conspiracy to blindless does not make what goes on here in Bim any less real.

  25. Wishing in Vain

    fil the PM has said as much this morning in the Nation newspaper, what a gang of crooks and gangsters.

  26. paul sealy

    don’t worry folks,accept the fate,the sheep will put back in these same gang of crooks cause people saying thompy ain’t ready cause he ain’t implementing no T&A laws,BS&T VAMPIRES will rule for another five,Chickmont kachars will sell chicken at 21 dollars a kilo,taxpayers will allow owen to take them to the cleaners..again..so i have learnt to just accept and look to get my flying papers in order for when the riots start..oh well.