Cricket: World Cup - Now Hollioake is in the dock
Saturday 15 May 1999
The Surrey captain and England all-rounder had responded inappropriately to barracking during the warm-up match against Essex at Chelmsford last Sunday. A V-sign which he flicked in jest rather than anger, according to Graveney, offended two spectators who complained to the police and then in writing to the England management.
The police requested that England deal with the matter internally and Graveney duly did. "We did not fine Adam," said the England manager, "but I have spoken to him and he accepts that he was at fault. The matter is now closed." Just a few days earlier, Hollioake's Surrey colleague, Graham Thorpe, had been fined pounds 1,000 for failing to turn up at a cocktail party.
And a third Surrey player could now become embroiled in unwelcome publicity. Alec Stewart, the England captain, is one of three players who is sponsored by Slazenger, the others being Graeme Hick and Andy Flintoff.
All three had welcomed the idea of having their bats painted blue and the plan was that Hick and Flintoff would use theirs yesterday (Stewart's bats were not prepared in time). But, according to sources close to the epicentre of the row, the ICC went puce with indignation at the idea and warned that if any of the players attempted to use a coloured bat they would be liable to immediate suspension.
No one from Slazenger was available for comment yesterday, but it is believed that there is no legal reason for the players not to paint their bats and it has been established that the paint would not have any effect at all on their performances. The issue is expected to be resolved next week. In the meantime Hick used a standard bat in compiling his unbeaten half century.
Another situation which has not been resolved is the ticklish one involving the members of Marylebone Cricket Club. And yesterday there were not very many of them at Lord's. The empty seats in the Pavilion prompted Chris Rea, MCC's head of marketing, to say: "It is embarrassing, there is no other word for it. Members bought all but 400 of the allocation of 8,000 for this match at a 25 per cent discount. It doesn't look good, there is no masking that. It is disappointing to see the empty seats, whatever the reasons."
Traditionally MCC membership entitles them to watch every match at Lord's free of charge, but not any more and they have to shell out pounds 45 for the pounds 60 tickets, which for the final will cost them pounds 75 instead of pounds 100.
Latest in Sport
Cristiano Ronaldo vine: Real Madrid forward sent-off for kicking and striking opponent during 2-1 win over Cordoba
What time is the 2015 WWE Royal Rumble on? TV details and full card
Sam Burgess: Bath and England's next big thing
Brighton 2 Arsenal 3 player ratings: Did Tomas Rosicky's performance and goal make him man of the match at Amex Stadium?
Tennis fan suing Australian Open organisers for 'failing to shade spectators' during Murray match
- 1 The truth about 'girl things': Three cheers for Heather Watson's honesty
- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 5 Men behaving badly: Urinating while standing, 'manspreading' and the gendering of selfishness
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
Excellent Salary : Austen Lloyd: OXFORD - REGIONAL FIRM - An excellent opportu...
Super Package: Austen Lloyd: BRISTOL - SENIOR CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE - An outstan...
£15000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Fantastic opportunities are ava...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Compute Engineer is required to join a globa...