The Kangaroos now play a very pivotal role in the helping the newspaper agencies. They are always in the news; previously due to their outstanding cricket dominance till 2007 and later on for the criticism and controversies. But, they are always in news; no matter what the subject of news is.
Let us get a brief brush up about the Aussies engagement with the headlines for all the wrong reasons. It all started with the India-Australia Test series back in 2008. The Aussie skipper, Ricky Pointing was accused of ‘cheating’ following several catches which later showed by the replay were clearly touching the ground, costing India the match. Then the Bhajji-Symonds Monkey gate incident. Since then, the Kangaroos have maintained this and are consistent in giving the newspapers breaking headlines every now and then.
This time, Simon Katich decides to take a dig at Cricket Australia (CA), after he was excluded from the side, being removed from the list of CA-contracted list on Tuesday. To this, Simon Katich slashed CA and selectors about their working ways and the part-time nature of the selectors.
This statement of Katich would make the most memorable lines in the history, saying “when you talk about money you get the best in the business for paying. If you pay peanuts you get monkeys.”
“There’s been talk about the full-time selectors for a while now but nothing’s been done about it,” Katich said. “It’s a business, there’s no doubt about that, that’s just the way sport has gone. Being realistic it’s got to go that way, because you’re dealing with guys’ careers. This is not just me, there’s plenty of other guys out there as well who’ve gone through this. So maybe something good will come out of this situation.”
Simon Katich has announced his retirement and will longer play for Australia after being removed from the contract list, but announced that he will continue to play for the New South Wales. The batsman was angry and disgusted with this decision and slammed the inconsistent nature of the selectors and the board. He said “I’m extremely disappointed and frustrated with the decision I found out about on Tuesday but I also want to make it clear that I know I’m not the only player who has gone through this in the last couple of years due to inconsistent policies.”
“I just hope that something good comes out of this situation because I actually think the decision that came on Tuesday was absolutely ridiculous.”
“This is not just about me but a number of players that have felt aggrieved at how they’ve been treated by the selectors in particular. Not just the selectors, by CA. There are people above the selectors that make the decisions on their futures and also our players’ futures because they ratify the decisions that are made.”
“There needs to be more consistency,” Katich said. “The facts are a week or two before the Ashes a squad of 17 was named. In my opinion if you can’t know what your best 11 is a week or so before our biggest Test series that we play in the Ashes, that to me reeks of indecision.”
Despite of all this, the reason which left the batsman most devastated and fuming was the reason for his exclusion. He said “As soon as he told me the reason, which was what was being trotted out in the press about wanting the opening partnership to bed down for the 2013 Ashes, that got me steaming obviously,” said Katich. “Because to hear that when our opening partnership is something that’s been one of the strong points of the team, and something that Watto and I actually really enjoy doing. I’ve received a really nice message from him, of support, and expressing his disappointment that we won’t get to open again.”
To conclude all this, Katich team mate Stuart Clark joined his team-mate and slammed the Kangaroo board by saying the most memorable lines that could well be remembered for long in the history of cricketing events.
He said “I think it’s a joke that they’re part-time. You’re dealing with $2 million salaries and a guy that works part-time getting $40,000 a year. Full-time would make them more accountable. At the moment they have got some sort of accountability, but when was the last time you saw a selector sacked for a poor selection? I can’t seem to remember one.”