Never one to edge onto the back foot and defend, Simon Katich has once again taken a huge stride down the wicket and let loose. His erstwhile captain Michael Clarke has come in for most treatment but to me the stoush is not about the personalities concerned but more of the processes at play within Cricket Australia. Katich claims he wasn’t told of his axing which in this day and age when the methods of communication electronic and otherwise are profligate seems strange. With so many avenues available perhaps it was more a lack of will? For whatever reason those concerned shied away from uncomfortable confrontation. But it’s not just cricket as time and time again we hear that such and such didn’t say or didn’t call. Flying back from Sydney a few years back I bumped into one well known athlete who by my reckoning should at that very moment have been on a plane with his national team mates. He’d been dropped and when I dug deeper he intimated he hadn’t been told why, indeed he hadn’t been spoken to at all! Just left out in the cold. Sport is all too often held up as state of the art, cutting edge and compared to the very best business practice. Many times it fails to live up to these expectations. For all the management gurus and their modern ways the system failed at the basic level. It beggars belief really – everybody not just stellar sportspeople deserve a phone call, a face to face chat or even an email (I draw the line at at tweet) when conflict arises or tough decisions need to be made. It has nothing to do with management practice and everything to do with respect and common decency.