Stuart Clark unleashes on Cricket Australia’s ‘win at all costs’ mentality
Former Australian cricketer Stuart Clark has unleashed on Cricket Australia’s ‘win at all costs’ mentality.
It comes after the findings of the review into Australian cricket were released today following the dramatic ball-tampering scandal which rocked the nation and the sport calling for an inquiry to be initiated.
The review into the culture of the Australian cricket team found that winning became the number one priority for the team and for the organisation – without considering the costs of doing so.
It all came to a head when Cameron Bancroft was caught ball-tampering with a piece of sandpaper, resulting in a nine-month ban for the opener along with 12-month bans to leaders David Warner and Steve Smith.
Clark tore into Cricket Australia’s focus on revenue and the negative effect it can have on the team.
“For years people have been saying ‘winning at all costs’ is the only way we should be playing,’ Clark said.
“It all comes back to a money point of view.
“For years it’s been about – you win games of cricket – TV ratings go up – you get more sponsors – numbers go up – and it’s all about numbers, numbers, numbers.
“It’s been the detriment of other forms – Shield cricket in particular because rather than looking at it as a development cost, it’s looked at as an expense – and when you start looking at it in those terms it becomes quite damning.
“So what’s happen here – win at all costs because we need to win because it’s all about money.
“Next thing you know we’re doing things that are illegal and the players are now baring the brunt of it.
“They shouldn’t have done it, they made the mistake, they’ll pay the penalty.
“If you’re told enough times it’s all about money, then you’re going to push the envelope aren’t you?”
The 147-page damning review has left an embarrassing stain on Australian cricket and the people running the organisation with a whopping 42 recommendations also made.
The Players’ Pact has also been established to put focus on how the game will be played by our National team with an emphasis on the spirit of cricket.
The former tall, bustling Test fast bowler also admitted there are positives to take out ahead of the summer of cricket.
“The positive is we can play,” Clark said.
“There’s times we’ve been good, obviously the second innings over in Dubai where we batted showed we’ve got some resolve in us.
“We’ve shown we can do it, that’s the biggest thing that’s come out against Pakistan – it shows we do have ability.”
Australia play South Africa for the first time since the darkest day in Australian cricket in three ODIs beginning on November 4 in Perth.
Listen to the full interview below: