Real, world-class incompetence in the organisation of an international cricket match is pretty funny to a degree. It makes you feel better about those occasions when you can’t quite manage to write a list AND take it to the supermarket with you. However, it being a bit funny is a pretty feeble plus point.
It sounds like Sir Viv Richards was a whisker away from doing a Kamehameha at anyone involved with pitch preparation at the stadium bearing his name – and rightly so. If you’re going to make a balls of something, at least do it in your own name.
The whole sorry episode reminded us of one of the saddest things we’ve ever seen. It was a documentary about two blokes who’d saved up to see a Test in the West Indies. They’d been saving a pound a week for about 20 years or summat. These poor guys had the monumental misfortune to organise their holiday around the Sabina Park Test of 1998 – the first abandoned Test in the history of the game.
Now granted, they probably could have saved more than a quid a week, but that’s partly the point. They’d been looking forward to this once-in-a-lifetime trip for 20 years. They were miners or some similarly masculine profession, but we can still see the tears in their eyes.