Shamik Das

Friday, April 01, 2011

EXCLUSIVE: Musa Kusa to take charge of England One Day team


MUSA KUSA (or should that be Moussa Koussa?), who defected to Britain this week, will be unveiled today as the new England One Day coach.

The flamboyant former foreign minister, described as Libya’s answer to Geoffrey Boycott, used the air strikes against the regime, and the warm embrace of William Hague, as cover for his undercover dash to Britain - having been offered the job of leading England’s 50-over strugglers in the immediate aftermath of the ten-wicket tonking by Sri Lanka last weekend.

He will replace Andy Flower, who will remain coach of the world champion Twenty20 and Ashes-winning Test sides, with England experimenting with split-coaching as well as split-captaincy for the three formats of the game, though Andrew Strauss’s successor as skipper in the short form will not be unveiled till later this month.


Kusa will be formally presented to the media at the Lord’s press day this afternoon, having failed to appear at the Oval presser this morning.

Colonel Gaddafi is understood to be furious at the move, reportedly telling aides:
“I cannot believe it, I simply do not understand why he is joining this dishevelled, disliked bunch of international pariahs...”

Sentiments echoed by William Hague, who feels used. He told this blog:
“Moooouuuusssaaa Koooouuusssaaaa has let me down. How am aaaahhhh going to explain this to Daaaaaaaavid Cameron?”

And in other news today, it has been revealed that Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, is to roll out a new range of bouncy balls; indeed, it has been speculated that he was sitting on just such a ball when he appeared on Question Time last night...

On this day: 2007: Blair lined up as England’s saviour


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