As we look toward the all important 4th Test at Old Trafford, the Anderson Push Affair simmers on. In the new world order of cricket, it is rare to see India on the wrong end of the stick. I don’t know if they are in this case but the Indians seem to think so. India is positively miffed that Jimmy Anderson is off the hook. The ICC has finally put the matter to rest and there will be no appeal.
The centre of the discontent is that shove. The alleged push that nobody saw. Or at least, nothing recorded. In a previous post, I stated that the alleged push happened as the players left the field and it was just a matter of time until some video footage surfaced. After all, what is not recorded these days? However, I was not quite right. The players had left the field and were in the tunnel to the dressing rooms. That is why there was a video black out.
The interesting thing is that there is supposed to be closed circuit TV (CCTV) in these tunnels. This is an initiative of cricket’s anti-corruption arm. The dark players’ entrance tunnels are seen as the perfect place for a shady operator to approach a player to strike up a deal. The cameras are supposed to discourage such activity. However, it seems that the CCTV was not rolling at the time. Or at least, nobody is prepared to hand over the footage. Ironically, the team that refuses to avail themselves of technological advances such as DRS can walk the talk, and forego the benefits of CCTV technology.
But all of this has got me thinking. It is curious that we have CCTV to spy on shady deals in the tunnel but what about all the other places in the world? You can’t have eyes everywhere. What about in the dunnies? Or behind the grandstand? Or behind a tree during an optional net session? The solution hit me during a reconnaissance activity on the week end.
I took a couple of my girls bush bashing to scope out a local creek to assess the possibility of some summer kayaking and fishing. I ran down a steep embankment ahead of them. I turned around and they were standing at the top. Isabelle, 13, had whipped out her iPod, started recording and shoved it down her pants. She stood there with the lens just above her waistband and said, “Look at my GoPro Dad.” Genius. There is the answer.
From now on, all players will have a GoPro fitted to their waist band at all times. Not just on the field but at all times. This is to stave off the most persistent fixers. And the by-product will be that pushing and shoving will be recorded. Racial slurs will be recorded. Ball tampering will be recorded. Where were the GoPros during the Hair Affair? (see http://dongles.org/A-day-of-hair-brained-madness) . Sure it might be inconvenient but that is a small price to pay for honesty. Cricket will be the most technologically advanced game on the planet. Not only will players be assured of on-field justice (through DRS) but off field behaviour in all areas of life will be above reproach.