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    August 08, 2006

    Why Dean Jones got the sack

    Dean Jones commentary has always been pathetic. Yesterday, he just plumbed new depths, calling Hashim Amla a terrorist, on air.

    'The terrorist has got another wicket', is what he said, when Hashim Amla caught Kumar Sangakkara off Shaun Pollock at Colombo.

    While I have no doubt that TEN Sports decision to sack him as a commentator is the right one, I hope it is primarily because he doesn't know his cricket rather than his insensitivity and religious & racial stereotyping.

    I can't understand how someone who's played 16 years of first-class cricket, 10 of them at the international level thinks that the catcher gets the wicket.

    Deano, repeat after me: Shaun Pollock got the wicket, not Hashim Amla.

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    This is unwanted comment/remark and it shows how irresponsible he is...IMPO

    According to Vijay Amritraj "Racism and personal insults have no place in broadcasting."

    By Anonymous vivek (08-Aug-2006, 7:49:00 PM)  

    this is very stupid of jones and cos of his bad mouth he gets into some kinda trouble now and then .hes responsible for his sacking.

    By Blogger Aravind (08-Aug-2006, 10:31:00 PM)  

    to play devils advocate,he is one of the few commentators to do the hard yards in asia, he goes all the less well known centres throughout india and seems generally enthusiastic about the game.

    ram

    By Anonymous Anonymous (08-Aug-2006, 10:46:00 PM)  

    He was stupid enough to leave his microphone on. Then he goes ahead and says 'terrorist'. But like I said, what matters more is that his comment exposed him purely on a cricket commentary front as well!

    By Blogger Jagadish (09-Aug-2006, 12:28:00 AM)  

    "While I have no doubt that TEN Sports decision to sack him as a commentator is the right one, I hope it is primarily because he doesn't know his cricket rather than his insensitivity and religious & racial stereotyping."

    Faint hope! They knew what they were getting when they hired him!

    By Blogger Scott Wickstein (09-Aug-2006, 12:34:00 AM)  

    How do we know he wasn't describing Shaun Pollock as a terrorist?!

    By Anonymous Alex (09-Aug-2006, 1:39:00 AM)  

    scott: This basically means he's kissed his commentary career [at least in the sub-continent & South Africa] bye bye. Now no-one will hire him, good commentary or not!
    alex: Excellent point. In fact, this was something I was thinking of too :)

    By Blogger Jagadish (09-Aug-2006, 11:14:00 AM)  

    For the record, mate, the bowler was Nicky Boje and not Shaun Pollock. (And for all we know, that's whom he could have been calling a 'terrorist'!)

    By Blogger Arnold (03-Oct-2009, 4:59:00 PM)  


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