British Documentary Film Death of a Gentleman Raises Questions About Cricket’s Future
Film directors Sam Collins and Jarrod Kimber have raised several questions about the future of the longest format of the game in their movie named ‘Death of a Gentleman’.
The movie speaks about the loss of popularity of Test cricket in the modern era due to the dark side of the administration of the sport. The film has already been premiered at the Sheffield International documentary festival and will be screened in London in the next week.
The movie which has been in the making from the last four years features interviews prominent people related to the sport. N Srinivasan, Kevin Pietersen, Ravi Shastri and the ECB chief Giles Clarke are amongst the people featuring in the movie.
The Daily Telegraph of the UK claimed that the movie shows how the governance and administration of the game has been taken away from the governing board, the International Cricket Council.
It is said that he film is a result of the meetings in the January of 2014. In this meeting, three prominent countries have grabbed all the proceeds of the television rights. The ICC has lost all its power these ‘Big Three’.
India, Australia and England are the countries which have a great say in the ICC’s matters and this was depicted in the movie, the Daily Telegraph said.
The article further said that the documentary depicted how the sport has become a web of money and the influence of one member where all roads lead back: N Srinivasan. The ex president of the BCCI and the chairman of ICC, Srinivasan is quoted in the movie saying that every board in the meeting is equal and that the BCCI is very well-meaning.
Srinivasan who is a part of India Cements, which owned the CSK franchise in the IPL, was accused of killing Test cricket by paying obscene amounts to players in lieu of playing Test cricket for their nation.
The movie depicts how the sport is contracting in on itself to monolithic market: Indian T20. It portrays how the present proceedings in cricket are harming the future of the sport except the T20 form of the game and that which is played in India.
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