Hoggard deserves better

April 21, 2009

I saw this story and was very surprised. The usually mild-mannered Matthew Hoggard has hit out at his treatment after being dropped by the England cricket side 13 months ago.

“My contact with the ECB has been zero and so I’m completely and utterly not even thinking about a recall,” said the 32-year-old pace bowler, who was part of the attack which beat Australia in 2005.

“To go from having one bad test in New Zealand to losing my central contract five months later, and to barely have any contact for the five months in between, was a joke,” he continued in his autobiography.

It all just goes to show that sports management is a lot more than picking a team and motivating players on the day. It’s pretty easy to pick up a phone.

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