The bizarre release of the immensely talented Ajmal Shahzad is puzzling. Whilst according to Graves, he is a bit of a loose cannon and has a high opinion of himself, Yorkshire can ill afford to lose a player of Shahzad's ability. To lose him to bitter rivals Lancashire is to put it frankly embarrassing.
It would be harder to find stronger personalities than the likes of Fred Trueman, Brian Close, Raymond Illingworth and Geoff Boycott - one has to wonder if Graves could have coped with this famous quartet of Yorkshire greats.
If the Shahzad situation wasn't bad enough, his short term replacement Mitchell Starc has had to fly back to Australia after being deported due to a visa error, which meant he was unable to get past UK customs. Graves quickly tried to put the blame on Cricket Australia, but surely Yorkshire should have ensured that Starc's paperwork was correct before he was allowed to board his flight.
In the wake of Yorkshire's relegation last season, Graves launched a very public attack on his players where amongst other criticisms, he said the squad were a 'bloody disgrace'. We're sure that many Yorkshire fans are probably using those exact words to describe Graves after the events of the last week. As Chairman, he has to take responsibility.
A bewildered Starc tweeted "Well that's a first! Being deported from England.. Surely nothing else can go wrong can it?!?!". Given that he is about to join Yorkshire - seemingly run by the cricket equivalent of Blackburn's owners Venky's, he probably hasn't seen anything yet.
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