Death of a Gentleman
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Test cricket is the purest form of the second most popular sport on earth. It is steeped in tradition, history, heroes and legend. But challenged by its shorter, sexier and more commercial cousin, Twenty 20, it risks falling into obscurity. To unravel the complex reasons why the game s leaders seem unwilling to save Test cricket, two young journalists and cricket devotees, Sam Collins and Jarrod Kimber, embark on a journey across the cricketing empire. Along the way they befriend cricketer Eddie Cowan as he prepares to make his Test debut for Australia in front of 70,000 at The Melbourne Cricket Ground. As a story of deceit, incompetence and greed unfolds, it seems that whilst one man is preparing to live his dream, two others are trying to keep theirs from dying. Featuring Kevin Pietersen, Rahul Dravid, Michael Holding, Chris Gayle, Jonathan Agnew, David Warner, Ian Chappell, David Lloyd and many more iconic cricketing personalities, Death of a Gentleman is the acclaimed modern morality tale about money corrupting sport, and new power tearing history apart.
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With the recent scandals surrounding FIFA and the IAAF fresh in the memory, Giles Clarke (who as others have said is undoubtedly the villain of the documentary) 's line that 'no one is interested in what goes on in sports administration' has been shown up for the self-serving codswallop that it is.
Jarrod and Sam are a likeable pair of cricket fanatics (and good journalists with it), and the documentary moves along at a decent pace but without skimping on the facts, with excellent contributions from Gideon Haigh, Lalit Modi and Ed Cowan, amongst others.
DOAG is a valuable documentary that encapsulates all that is wrong with cricket administration in 2015. Thoroughly recommended.
The future for cricket and its soul is largely in the hands of India: what kind of gentlemen do they have?
The film gives Test Match cricket a score of something like140-7, argues that it worth preserving as are its values from the 20th century (fair comment), it could still reach a total of 300 plus if England and Australia and others dig in for the duration.