Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Indian cricket hits new low

Unfortunately for all the world's cricket lovers, Indian cricket authorities have taken things to a new low with their ridiculous shenanigans following their Second Test loss in the final few minutes of the game in Sydney on Sunday.
International cricket is in turmoil with the Indian cricket board suspending its team's tour of Australia and media calls for Australian captain Ricky Ponting to step down.

Last night the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) flexed its muscles by suspending the tour pending the outcome of spinner Harbhajan Singh's appeal against his three-match ban for racially abusing Andrew Symonds.
Harbhajan Singh was reported for calling Andrew Symons a 'monkey', the same taunt that the crowds used against Symons during Australia's last tour of India. Neutral umpires made the report, the incident was referred to the match referee and Singh was found guilty. Australian authorities have absolutely nothing to do with the decision.

People may not be aware that Indian cricket board, the BCCI, effectively runs world cricket and is using this non-incident in order to leverage more power from the International Cricket Council. For the BCCI to suspend the team's tour shows the depths that India's cricketing authorities are now plumbing in order to flex their muscles.

Why do we have neutral umpires in the first place? Because teams touring India and Pakistan in the pre-neutral umpire days couldn't get a fair go. There wasn't a problem with umpiring in Australia or England or the West Indies at the time. The number of crazy LBW decisions that finally led to the introduction of neutral umpires was a stain on sub-continental cricket's reputation.

Pakistani authorities complain about incompetent umpiring because they had a few decisions go against them but don't look at the other side of the ledger to see if there was anything that went for them. Ponting's dismissal was clearly not out. Did Ponting carry on like a pork chop? No. He accepted the decision and off he went.

Peter Roebuck's ridiculous assertion that Ricky Ponting should be replaced as captain indicates to me that this normally (or formerly?) very good cricket journalist has let a few sheep out of the top paddock. Any fair assessment of the various incidents that took place in the series so far could come back with any judgement other than Australia plays 'hard but fair' and Ponting captains the same way.

Does anyone remember the way India's captain at the time, Sourav Ganguly, behaved during Australia's last tour there? Contemptuous. Arrogant. Unsporting. Unseemly. Ungentlemanly. He did more to damage India's cricketing reputation than any other single player for many a year. Did the ACB carry on about Ganguly? No. It's part of the game.

Get over it. Get on with it.

(Nothing Follows)

6 comments:

Amit C. said...

Bogus green: That's what the pride of Australian cricket ought to be called given that Ponting turned this match into a bar brawl and shagged, mutilated, and ground into dust the baggy green. Maybe India ought to have a bouncer on field in Perth, just to throw out miscreants like him.

I admit if Harbhajan did it then he was wrong to call Symonds a monkey given his racial background. But don't you think it would be a great honor for Symonds if all monkeys all over the world were named Symonds? Hmmm, something to ponder over.

Brian said...

Once in a while (all too frequently) a vocal group will rise as one in uproar over an alleged injustice. Then a better-than-thou do-gooder will jump on the bandwagon along with a few of their better-than-thou mates. Before you know it the vocal group is now an angry horde screaming at the top of their lungs, blinded from the facts by all the noise.

In cricket umpires will make bad decisions, that is a given. You move on. In cricket there will be petty sledging, you move on. Racial vilification, however minor, should not be tolerated in cricket or life.

Mr Roebuck appears to have lost his marbles, and the angry horde has descended.

Veetrag said...

I don't see any valid argument here, you are just pointing out what happened in past but are completely forgetting what happened on field.

@Brian Umpires make mistake, but not that many and that also against one team only. I call that racism, but most of the people won't see that as Proctor is there to protect them.

Ponting messed it!

Aybuk Hiawog said...

I am bit tired of all this after two days.

Aybuk Hiawog said...

I am tired of all this, that is why I have written...
http://aybukhiawog.blogspot.com/2008/01/world-war-in-cricket.html

Anonymous said...

Its a fact that ICC is Biased.So lets kick out this ICC.We asians have 3 most powerful cricketin nations and so many good cricketers.We can have a good game here in Asia.Kick those aussies out of the game.They are not even aware of the fact that its we the asians hodin the game So be thankful to us for that..