The fifth column
By Leonard St Hill | Thu, May 10, 2012 - 12:00 AM()
Until the psychological armour of the West Indies touring cricket team is patently proof against the pervasive and insidious attack on the its morale, which is customarily mounted by the English media, the management of the touring party would be well advised officially to avoid all contact with reporters, give no interviews, and read no newspapers, or view media reports of their performances.
None of the media houses are sworn as duty-bound to bolster the morale of the tourists, and there is evidence enough to prove some West Indian journalists have agendas not entirely compatible with the touring team’s mission.
To succeed against such odds is a challenge only martyrs are expected to face. But cricket, after all, is still a game to be enjoyed by players for its own sake, even when it is presented as spectator sport with incidental opportunities for making and influencing wagers on the result.
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