Cricket - It's a funny old game

Cricket - It's a funny old game

Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Beige Archives: NZ Cricket Announce Plans to Clone Bond

This article was first published on BBC's 606 forum on the 19th January 2009 and was my first satirical article. It was treated as if it was a genuine news story.

Following Shane Bond’s decision to end speculation regarding his return to international cricket, NZ Cricket have announced plans to clone the fast bowler using samples of his DNA.

Justin Vaughan, chief executive of NZ Cricket said “We are very excited about re-opening speculation that a Shane Bond, any Shane Bond, might be back playing for the Black Caps. We hired expensive management consultants using money we won betting against ourselves in the recent test series loss to Australia and they came up with this innovative yet brilliant plan”.

Vaughan also outlined the forward thinking nature of this plan. “Obviously, it will be around 20 years before the new Bond will be old enough to represent his country, but that’s the kind of forward planning that the Black Caps need if we are to be serious about the 2029 World Cup.”

Canterbury team-mate, and former Black Cap, Chris Harris said “In 20 years time I’ll be coming to the end of my career, but the chance to play with another Shane Bond is very exciting”.

Shane Bond wasn’t available for comment on this latest speculation.

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