Stephen Fry has defended a now-tilted proposal to scrap the annual Eton-Harrow Lord cricket schedule, saying it was an attempt to make the sport more inclusive and not is an example of “awakeningism”.
The actor and writer, who became president of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) this month, was forced to turn around when the policy drew outrage from members.
Interviewed on Times Radio, Fry suggested that a painting competition at other schools would allow the student to earn his spot in the final.
“It makes me sad if people think there’s an element of awakening to that, because it’s just about opening the game as much as possible,” he said.
I’m not woken up and empty… Not banning Eton and Harrow, but opening the doors to more schoolsStephen Fry
“Imagine if there was an intercollegiate Road to Lords competition, meaning your son or daughter would play in the final because they earned the right by beating other schools – one would be proud. more.
“I don’t wake up empty… Not banning Eton and Harrow, but opening it up to more schools. If there’s an opportunity without ruining the pitch, I’m all for it.”
Despite receiving Fry’s backing to regulate the annual Eton-Harrow and Oxford-Cambridge matches at Lord’s, the MCC recently shelved the proposal amid a revolt among members.
According to The Telegraph, they fear losing an advisory vote and their reputations could be damaged by the effects of a bad club meeting.
Fry has argued that the move will allow cricket to lose its “evil image of snob and spiritism”, while some members argue that the games – dating back to the 19th century – should be preserved as the tradition of God.
Elsewhere in the interview, Fry compares cricket to the royal family as a tradition of “extraordinary history” that has survived by changing over time.
“Both are well-known institutions around the world, a bit odd and eccentric to outsiders,” he said.
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“However, they have also survived by adapting to time, evolving, changing with the pace of the times.
“I think that’s what MCC and cricket can do, is keep the great and special feel of a game and how it has evolved over the years… But also extend it to so many people.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/im-not-being-all-woke-and-wet-blankety-says-fry-after-cricket-plan-rejected-42052502.html Fry said after cricket plan was rejected