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Death of a Gentleman (2015)

Two cricket journalists set out to see whether Test cricket has a future. In so doing they discover a conspiracy which starts at the highest echelons of cricket administration and politics.

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Johnny Blank (co-director), Sam Collins (co-director) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Jonathan Agnew Jonathan Agnew
David Becker David Becker
Ian Chappell Ian Chappell
Giles Clarke Giles Clarke ... Himself
Sam Collins ... Himself
Ed Cowan Ed Cowan ... Himself
Rahul Dravid Rahul Dravid
Chris Gayle
Gideon Haigh Gideon Haigh
Michael Holding
John Inverarity John Inverarity
Jarrod Kimber Jarrod Kimber ... Himself
Peter Lalor Peter Lalor
Justin Langer Justin Langer
Virginia Lette Virginia Lette
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Two cricket journalists - Sam Collins and Jarrod Kimber - set out to see whether Test cricket has a future. In so doing they discover a conspiracy which starts at the highest echelons of cricket administration and politics. The conspiracy is borne out of self-interest and putting commercial interests ahead of the good of the game. This spells disaster for Test cricket. Written by grantss

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The documentary criticises as how Indian cricket board has lost its interest in promoting test cricket. But as of now, the Indian Cricket team holds the 1st spot in the ICC test team rankings. See more »

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For the love of the game
5 September 2016 | by vogonifySee all my reviews

Death of a Gentleman starts off as an observation of the health of Test cricket and segues into the murky world of its administration and administrators. Giles Clarke of the ECB comes across as an incompetent and arrogant man at best, N Srinivasan does slightly better than him but anyone following Indian cricket for long enough know about his shadow of murk. All this is sandwiched between a tenuous hook in the form of Ed Cowan who enters and exits international cricket.

I felt the two different worlds, that of the cricket of the players and its fans and that of the political playground of the sport never quite gelled well enough (like in real life). While Cowan's story was an affecting one, it just feels too feeble because of the sinister machinations the films begins to follow on the side. Once Sam Collins and Jarrod Kimber get into the investigative part of the film, there really is very little room for the emotional core.

I also found the slight dramatisation of the nexus a bit weak and it is not too difficult to see why. The story of the boards need not be dramatised. It is very clearly a game of politics and manipulation at the administrative level. These are minor quibbles though.

For someone who has known this game for most of my life, this came as a reminder of what is wrong with the sport. Clarke at one point hedges his bet on the sub-continent loving cricket in the future too. He, and administrators like him, are like ostriches with their head stuck in sand; except, they're also searching for gold at the same time.

This film may have been made better had they planned for it, but I doubt it would have done any more than what it does now. This is film for every cricket fan to watch.


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