For those of you who don’t know, Brendan McCullum has been signed to play one game for NSW (please see footnote). It will be the Australian domestic Twenty20 final. And what a furore this case created. A storm in a tea cup.
It is a little unusual and probably a sign of things to come. It certainly reinforces the commercial and mercenary direction of the extra short version of the game. It must be disappointing for the incumbent NSW ‘keeper whatever his name is (not Haddin – his fill in). As Roy points out, a real slap in the face.
Symonds’ words on the subject were somewhat humorous, although I believe he was intending them to be serious. He described the move by Cricket NSW “as against the spirit of being Australian”. I’m not sure what he means. Perhaps Roy is just stating the obvious – McCullum is very unAustralian – he is a New Zealander. If Symonds is referring to the monetary side of things, he needs to sniff some salts. In my opinion, he is one of the most mercenary operators out there.
McCullum’s appearance in the domestic T20 final is not going to erode Australian cricket. The thing that I find interesting is that NSW could spend a lot of money for no return. T20 is very hit and miss. McCullum does have the highest “List A” T20 score – 158. But in the hit and miss of T20, he could be just as easily out first ball.
Also note that in a generous gesture, McCullum will donate his fees to his local Otago cricket club. God bless him.
Correction: McCullum will play more than one game for the Blues. He can play for the Blues in the T20 Champions League (some world wide team thing in India later in the year). That’s if he doesn’t want to play for the Kolkata Knight Riders (his IPL team).