The International Cricket Council’s response to the ball-tampering row has become increasingly erratic, and it’s starting to become apparent why. After Darrell Hair’s backroom deal was outed with all the diplomatic élan of the Enola Gay, ICC President Percy Sonn was forced to cancel the emergency board meeting prompted by the scandal.

The reason for Sonn’s cancellation is the ICC’s fragile relationship with Asia. As Mihir Bose explains in London’s Telegraph:

The reverse decision was brought about by fears that Pakistan could form an alliance with the other Asian Test-playing countries and force the cancellation of the [ball-tampering] inquiry. Had it been successful it would have seriously undermined the authority of Malcolm Speed, the ICC chief executive…

The ICC tends to crumble when the subcontinent gets angry, for fear they’ll take their huge markets and millions in revenue and form their own cricket organisation. What neither Pakistan nor the ICC seem to have noticed is cricket super-power India’s surprisingly neutral stance over HairBallGate.

Fortunately for us at home there’s Cricket Australia, new motto: “What we’re trying to do is protect the Australian public here.”

If that sounds a little panicky, it’s because it was spoken by CA Chief Executive James Sutherland, shortly after announcing that they were cancelling Ashes tickets they believed were scalped on eBay. Tickets bought, primarily, by the Australian public. Oops.

The problem for Sutherland, of course, is that the horse has bolted: the combination of mismanagement of ticket sales, failure to make the arrangements with online resellers like eBay and a lack of robust anti-scalping legislation, means that from the second the Ticketmaster servers crashed early on 1 June, the scalpers had won. All Cricket Australia can do now is try to limit the damage: if they could find even one pub-toilet scalper to prosecute between now and the first Test, for example, it might help.