However, registrar Christine Derrett, who recalled watching him play, said it was “with regret” she had concluded there was a lack of credible evidence that his “substantial” debt would be paid soon and she refused to adjourn the case for a further 28 days. She said of Becker: “One has the impression of a man with his head in the sand.” The bankruptcy application was made by the private bankers Arbuthnot Latham & Co in connection with a judgment debt owed to them by Becker dating back to 2015. Becker’s lawyers had argued there was sufficient evidence to show that he would be able to pay the debt soon through a refinancing arrangement, involving remortgaging a property in Majorca, which was expected to raise €6m. His advocate told the registrar his instructions from Becker were that it was expected the deal would be approved by a Spanish bank in approximately one month. The advocate said: “I don’t want to play around in court. It is clearly in the interests [of Arbuthnot Latham] for there to be” When the registrar was told that Becker was a television commentator, she replied that she knew who he was, adding: “I remember watching him play on Centre Court, which probably shows my age.” His advocate, John Briggs, told the registrar that someone in Becker’s position would not be prone to benefit from bankruptcy and it was likely to have an adverse effect on his “image”. The judge said: “He should have thought about that a long time ago.” She added: “It is not often the case that a professional person has a judgment [debt] outstanding against them since October 2015. This is a historic debt.” Advertisement Briggs said: “He is not a sophisticated individual when it comes to finances. I am asking for a real last chance for Mr Becker to come good … It has just taken longer than anticipated.” In a statement Becker said: “I was surprised and disappointed that Arbuthnot Latham chose to bring these proceedings against me. This order relates to one disputed loan which I was due to repay in full in one month’s time. It is disappointing that my request for today’s hearing to be Coty Sensabaugh Womens Jerseypostponed until this time was refused. “My earnings are well publicised and it is clear that I have the means to repay this debt.The value of the asset in question far exceeds the debt owed to Arbuthnot Latham. I intend to make an application to have this order set aside immediately. In the meantime, I will concentrate on my work and in particular my presenting duties at Wimbledon for the BBC and other international outletsGrumbles were largely absent from those taking part, although the bowlers, not fully briefed on what exactly they were using, thought it felt painted, not dyed, like a red ball (they were wrong – only that polish is different) and, like Broad, felt the seam more pronounced. Generally the playing body understand why this is happening: the ECB’s head of cricket operations (the fixtures guru), Alan Fordham, says there has been no bite back at all. “Even two or three years ago,” he says, “there would have been much more reluctance to take such a step.” A fine example is Gary Ballance, Yorkshire’s colourblind captain. He has been working with Yorkshire’s club optician (a wonderful concept) to develop lenses that allow him to play. He will take part but has not finalised whether with his natty specs or not; as a man right in the frame for an England recall, he would be mad to sit out. It is not only the Edgbaston Test and the Adelaide Ashes game – England’s first Test in New Zealand next March, at Eden Park, is set to be played under lights, too. Sign up to the Spin Read more The nine Championship games presents the ball’s greatest challenge yet, given the variety of conditions it will encounter; Jajodia is certain that pitches need not be made to order, like they were for the first day-night Test in Adelaide in November 2015, when a healthy layer of grass was left on and the game was over in three days. Scheduling the round was tricky for Fordham because only 10 grounds were available, with floodlight restrictions and global event commitments; the available venue that missed out was The Oval, which feels an opportunity missed, given the ground’s ability to draw casual cricket fans by morphing into south London’s biggest beer garden. That said, the hope is that this will be such a boon for the Championship that a round will happen every year, whether England have a home day-night Test or not (with India and Pakistan the opponents in 2018, for timezone and broadcast reasons, a day-nighter is unlikely). Some counties, needless to say, are doing better at promoting and pricing these games then others. Some, like Glamorgan, are pricing it per session, while others, such as Yorkshire, Sussex and Essex, have a price for the final two sessions, to target the 5pm crowd. At Edgbaston and Northampton, the final session is free but that’s the case for any Championship game at those grounds. There are some interesting things going on, such as the Warwickshire League’s top two divisions using the pink ball this Saturday to get into the spirit. Overall, though, it does not feel like a neat opportunity to innovate in marketing method and pricepoint has been seized. Perhaps the ECB will wish it had taken charge a touch moreThe sense is that day-night long-form cricket will come to play very different roles in different parts of the world. In England, the climate, the length of summer days, and the fact that Tests are already relatively well-attended make them a luxury but it feels right to learn whether long-form cricket can work later in the day and draw better crowds full of new fans (Warwickshire say 45% of buyers for August’s Test have never been to a Test at Edgbaston before). Certainly in high summer, the problems encountered at twilight elsewhere are barely a concern: sunset in Birmingham is not until 9.35pm on Monday, which is around the scheduled close of play, whereas it was around 6.30 in Abu Dhabi, when dusk was a major player. Even with the ball ready, there are enough unanswered questions – both cricketing (Dew? Reverse? Visibility? Temperature?) and administratively (is anyone watching?) – that, like Broad, it seems worth just sitting back, looking to learn, and enjoying the sense of a step into the dark

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