21 Feb 2009

Former umpire claims money has been the ruination of cricket

6:40 pm on 21 February 2009

The former international cricket umpire Dickey Bird says money has been the "ruination" of cricket.

The comment come after the England and Wales Cricket Board terminated all contracts with alleged fraudster Allen Stanford.

Bird says it was right for the ECB to terminate all contractual links with Allen Stanford.

But he says it's too late because the damage has already been done.

Bird says it depresses him what has happened to the game he knew and was brought up on as a boy.