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New Zealand Cricket: Stephen Fleming Snaps At Mark Richardson

March 12, 2006
Pratyush Khaitan

Stephen Fleming, New Zealand Captain, said things to Mark Richardson, a TV commentator, after an interview. Here is the transcript of the conversation:

Richardson: Ok, thanks, good luck.

Fleming: Thanks mate (interview ends). Yeah, you're an idiot, that's ridiculous, seriously that's just ridiculous. Two things, you've forgotten who your mates are, some of your comments in the changing room? And the other thing is you're just an idiot talking about scoring rates and picking up the, uh, the tempo of games. You were one of the most boring players to watch and from what I've seen so far in your commentary, it is crap. You're forgetting who your mates are;about six months ago you were with us.

The video can be viewed on Cricketweb.

Why should person x's opinion in the commentary box matter to the players so much? Even if he is critical of scoring rates or is speaking crap, I don't understand why players take it so personally.

The "team mates" bit is an excuse which isn't acceptable to justify irresponsible, pathetic conduct.

Now this is a common thing, make no mistake - players being disgusted with commentators because they are criticising them, some times justifiably, some times unjustifiably according to them.

Now why can't a player see that the commentator is doing a job and ignore it like they ignore the press? A commentator, even if he is a former team mate, isn't as important regardless of whether he is speaking right or wrong.

It is always undesired behaviour when a player is trying to manipulate commentators and influence them to speak in favour of a specific player. When a commentator, specially a former team mate, does the opposite, the player tends to get pissed off.

Now maybe Richardson was at fault earlier in the changing room. So what? Fleming is the one playing international cricket at the moment and not Richardson. Fleming is the captain, not Richardson. Richardson is just a commentator right now.

Richardson was doing his job. Now whether he was doing it poorly or aptly isn't an issue at all. Such insults always happen, however. This time it has come out in the open and I am glad it has. Will Fleming apologise publicly? I hope he does. However, the tarnished image of Fleming will not be repaired that easily.

Pratyush Khaitan is a young entrepreneur. Off the clock, he is a movie buff and a sports writer. He analyses sports at Sportolysis.
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Ping #1
The Surfer
March 12, 2006
05:45 AM

Stephen Fleming attacks Mark Richardson: 'You're an idiot': The New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming has attacked his former opener, Mark Richardson - he of sprinting in a leotard fame - for comments made after the fourth day's play against the West Indies at Auckland. The transcript read: Richardson:...

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The Surfer
March 12, 2006
06:00 AM

Stephen Fleming attacks Mark Richardson: 'You're an idiot': The New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming has attacked his former opener, Mark Richardson - he of sprinting in a leotard fame - for comments made after the fourth day's play against the West Indies at Auckland. The transcript read: Richardson:...

Ping #3
The Surfer
March 12, 2006
08:32 PM

Stephen Fleming attacks Mark Richardson: 'You're an idiot': The New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming has attacked his former opener, Mark Richardson - he of sprinting in a leotard fame - for comments made after the fourth day's play against the West Indies at Auckland. However, the New Zealand...

#1
Jan Bota
March 12, 2006
04:52 PM

Now we all know who the real kiwi 'idiot' really is. Isint this something the match refree should look into. Maybe Stephens bad batting is getting to him

#2
Pratyush
URL
March 12, 2006
10:43 PM

Sky sports have now called the sroty a spoof. I doesn't look like a spoof to me!

#3
bevivek
March 12, 2006
11:49 PM

Pratyush: Is there a URL where Sky calling it a spoof can be read or viewed? You are right, it didnt seem a spoof to me.

#4
Pratyush
URL
March 12, 2006
11:53 PM

Yeah Vivek. It can be viewed here.

#5
Pratyush
URL
March 12, 2006
11:54 PM

The url - http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=4&ObjectID=10372382

#6
bevivek
March 13, 2006
12:35 AM

Weird spoof if that.

#7
Pratyush
URL
March 13, 2006
01:01 AM

It looks totally real to me. I strongly feel the Sky team got fired from Fleming for their negligence which meant the clip was leaked and made up a story to cover it up.

#8
bevivek
March 13, 2006
02:19 AM

Pratyush - Yes, it is the irrelevance of the so called spoof that strikes you and makes you think that it wasn't spoof after all. For example, if Stephen was seen abusing Martin Crowe, Richard Hadlee or one of the heavyweights in his team like Bond or Vettori, people would sit up and a spoof makes sense. But Richardson, a player already forgotten by most. Hmmm. Seems to be a minor spat between the 2 covered up by someone or the other.

#9
Pratyush
URL
March 13, 2006
03:02 AM

Okay it was indeed a hoax. Fleming and Richardson are shown laughing with each other on New Zealand TV after the footage.

They sure fooled us!

#10
Pratyush
URL
March 13, 2006
03:13 AM

Reason for the shell shocked look on the face of Richardson? He was trying to control his laughter.

So controlling laughter = looks like crying.

Fleming was superb and oscar winning performance from both.

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