"Discredited at last, is the notion that sport exists solely to make those who play it richer ad infinitum. Maybe now the governing bodies will stop regarding businessmen as Gods. The soul of the game is not theirs to sell."Mike Atherton in the Times.
"Money often brings out the worst in people. It has certainly brought out the worst in English cricket and the men who run it. They have got exactly what they deserved."Athers again -
"What should not be forgotten quickly or easily is the embarrassment suffered by those who run English cricket and, by extension, the embarrassment for the English game. It is not good enough to say in defence of these decisions, as Giles Clarke, the chairman of the ECB, has done, that the contract was signed with “the best of intentions”. At some stage a judgment must be made on the consequences of actions, not just the rationale behind them. Andrew Strauss has not enforced the follow-on in the third Test for the best of reasons, but he will be judged by whether or not England win."...and again
"It ain't Sad'day night no mo' for the ECB officials who fawned over Stanford when he descended the steps of his helicopter at Lords. Nor too the former greats who knelt down, licked and polished his boots at every opportunity"'Former great' Ian Botham in the Daily Mirror
“The sorry debacle leaves English cricket with nothing but egg on its face,” “It has been a disaster ... and you cannot just let something as massive as this be swept under the carpet. Someone has to be accountable.”And, finally, 'Former great' Ian Botham pictured at Lords on 22nd June 2008.