Monday, January 07, 2008

Unfair play

-By Swetha Amit

Sports fields were once a great source of team spirit, fitness and healthy competition. However it is sad to see the increasing aspect of commercialization enticing the entire sportive essence. Such is the case with Cricket. Controversy which seems to be the second name earned for this game much to the dismay of its keen watchers and ardent fans.

The test match in Sydney is the last straw which has enraged people all over. A supposedly friendly game gradually turned into a war especially with the slurry and unwarranted abuses by the haughty kangaroos. The latter not only hurled derogatory remarks against their opposition but also lodged a complaint against them for racial abuse. It proved to be of immense disgust to millions to see the so called ‘mighty champions’ indulge in an amateurish and petty stance, equating them to squabbling school children.

It appeared that the Australians wanted to retain the sole proprietorship of the ‘Aggression tag’. Unable to withstand the equally aggressive game by the Indians has instigated them to resort to crass techniques to gain a ‘Psychological’ edge. A convenient case of ‘selective amnesia’ was developed along with the defense mechanism of ‘denial’. Instead of conducting themselves like professional, dignified players, the Kangaroos were no less than the stampeding crowd in the stands.

Not to mention, the umpires seemed to be enjoying this ‘horrendous hospitality of the hosts’. Refusing to consult the third umpire in certain crucial decisions; blind belief in the opposition skipper regarding his decision on Ganguly’s wicket; believing the Australian players’ statements and indulging in Harbhajjan’s ban; it appears that umpires and the referee need a crash course in ‘impartiality’ and ‘alertness’. It also proves that fitness tests need to administered on them in ‘every’ aspect as their sense of fairness seemed to have been left behind resulting in enormous failure. Or should there be a case of banning the umpire instead of a ‘strik’ing bowler?

These abhorrent instances have caused many to be indignant especially against Harbhajjan’s ban. A lack of video/audio proof certainly does NOT call for such a harsh measure. The men in blue have been subjected to unfair umpiring which has cost them an important game. It is sad to see the spirit of the game being snatched away for reasons such as insecurity and foul practices. A game should be a game for all including the ‘third party authorities’. Ensuring harmony and righteousness is of utmost importance to avoid leaving a bitter taste overall. Being prejudiced will rob the zest for the sport which will slowly withdraw the intensity and interest factor.

This disastrous day has indeed put the men in blue into the blues. Disappointment and disbelief have engulfed the Indians to an extent which has propelled them to feel morally down. Half heartedly they continue with this series only to save themselves of being stigmatized as ‘sore losers’.
While any game isn’t all about winning, it seems that the‘real losers’ have just proven themselves in a reprehensible manner with the lack of spirit of the game. It does not seem to be a gentleman's game any more...after all.

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Blogger KParthasarathi said...

I am not commenting about the controversy that have been widely debated.But there are a few points sticking out like sore thumb.
1)One thing bothers me in this whole unpleasant episode.Can two captains agree between themselves to follow a new procedure of deciding doubtful outs with no role for the umpire or third umpire in it? The agreement in the instant case stipulates that the fielding captain would talk to the player concerned and give his ruling that would be binding no matter what the umpire thinks of it.Is such a gentleman’s agreement within the framework of the cricket rules or the stated agreement void ab initio?Is it not a matter for respective Boards and ICC to take note of?If for the sake of argument the captains agree to the improbable deal of giving outs on alternate basis, would it be acceptable
2)This controversy should not cloud the repeated failures of Jaffer,Yuvraj and even Dhoni.Should we not try sehwag and Kartik for a change?
3)Bhajji has a volatile temper.May be he has not used the word monkeybut still keeps himself embroiled into tiffs.Why not the team make it a point to report to umpire whenever there is sledging or an unsavoury comment instead of dealing themselves?
4) Our players lost 3 wickets in 3 overs and could not play out the match for a draw.The team has wide mouth with no matching ability.
This does not however condone the crude and wrong behaviour of Aussies.
Any views?

10:09 PM  
Blogger Mukundh said...


I read your blog on 'Unfair play' and found some similarity in our views. There's one more similarity. Both of us primarily write for MSN contribute and maintain a backup in Blogspot.

Keep writing ;)

6:43 AM  

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