“I find this series depressing, yet very engaging”

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How’s that for a recommendation? That’s a Cricinfo comment about the fifth and final part of our short story set in the not-so-distant future.

If you can’t remember what’s happened already, here’s a full set of links.


Mike Gatting wasn't receiving the King Cricket email when he dropped that ludicrously easy chance against India in 1993.


Why risk it when it's so easy to sign up?


  1. Bravo! This is your magnum opus.

    That’s not to say that your other opi are magnuless, just that if I was rooting through your oeuvre this is where I would look to find them.

    Well done.

  2. This makes me think of a piece of improve where the audience has requested “A dystopian story about cricket administration in the style of G.K. Chesterton”

  3. I refuse to be completely effusive in my praise for this series until Cricinfo re-publish part three so that it is longer than a paragraph and a half long. I’m assuming the article was originally longer than this, and has since been censored by high ranking Kiwi cricket-militia operatives. Until I can read this article in its entirety this series of works sits as either the worst sports administration based dystopian dramatisation I have read or possibly the best.

    But how can I know for sure!?

  4. Nice piece and all that, but would it kill you to throw in a graph or two in your cricinfo articles? A few lines of text and BOOM, a Venn appears out of nowhere and confuses the readers. Imagine that!

  5. Great series – shared with friends, and probably of interest to anyone with a healthy cynicism about “sports marketing.”

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