CRI­SIS CASH COW

Book­ings open for Boof’s tell- all tour

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT -

FOR­MER Aussie coach Dar­ren Lehmann ap­pears to be cash­ing in on the Cape Town ball-tam­per­ing scan­dal that led to his res­ig­na­tion and sus­pen­sion of three of his stars.

Lehmann has signed up for a se­ries of speak­ing en­gage­ments on a tour of NSW, Queens­land and Vic­to­ria in July and Au­gust in which pro­mot­ers are us­ing the sand­pa­per shame to flog tick­ets.

To be prof­it­ing from such a dark and dis­hon­ourable mo­ment in Aus­tralian sport­ing his­tory is sure to cre­ate a huge pub­lic back­lash.

While Lehmann claims he had no knowl­edge of the ball-tam­per­ing, the fact re­mains the team de­vel­oped its rot­ten cul­ture un­der his watch and he has to ac­cept part of the blame.

The speak­ing tour pro­mo­tional flyer says: “Tak­ing into ac­count the re­cent ‘Sand­pa­per-gate’ scan­dal and Boof de­cid­ing to re­sign, I have no doubt he will fill rooms with all sports fans ea­ger to hear his ac­count of the most con­tro­ver­sial event in Aus­tralia’s crick­et­ing his­tory. Now tak­ing lunch and din­ner book­ings so please act fast to avoid miss­ing out.”

We rang the pro­mot­ers of the tour for com­ment but got a short, sharp re­ply via text mes­sage: “Don’t do me­dia.”

Just six weeks af­ter stand­ing down as coach, Lehmann has also landed a new con­tract role with Cricket Aus­tralia in high per­for­mance path­way pro­grams.

It’s in­ter­est­ing, how­ever, that Chan­nel 7 and Fox Sports have not ap­proached Lehmann, con­sid­er­ing the ob­vi­ous in­sights he could pro­vide into tac­tics and dress­in­groom anec­dotes.

For­mer na­tional coach Dar­ren Lehmann, and (right) dur­ing the tour of South Africa.

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