The two greatest rationale and philosophy of our times, capitalism and democracy, are based on the idea that individuals, through their actions based on self-interest, will drive forces towards the most beneficial state for inviduals and/or society as a whole. In extending this thinking to the cricketing field and the current controversy over sledging, is it not best that the cricketers themselves decide what is acceptable and not acceptable to them, through their actions on the field, instead of expecting an external body such as ICC to define it for them? This thinking takes the exterme opposite view of what Harsha Bhogle tries to recommend in his article in The Times of India.
My sincere opinion is that cricketers should be allowed to use sledging, without any constraints, irrespective of how offensive it is. Most people take offense because they might feel ill-equipped in the approved forms of retaliation. In the newly recommended open environment, one can use whatever means one has, to retaliate. In a bizzare way, nothing will eventually be offensive to anyone, since its free for all. I look at it as a positive development in line with the ongoing changes that cricket has embraced in Twenty20, IPL and Technology.
Also, with every control that has been vested in the hands of the ICC, there have been perceptions of inconsistency and impotence felt by stakeholders of the game across the globe. In the interests of the game and a practical step forward, I feel its best that the players are let loose on each other in the center, so that the public is relieved of the after shocks. This brings to an abrupt end, months of debate and platitudes over whether someone or some society is racist or not, whether a certain person was as severely punished as another etc. I am positive that with each sledging act in the field, players will yell the choicest of abuses at each other without any interruptions from any players or officials, and when the energies are exhausted in that act, each will take their stance to bat or bowl or field the next ball and the game will move on.
Posted in Cricket, Fans, Harsha Bhogle, ICC, IPL, Match Referee, News, ODI, Racism, Sledging, Test cricket, Uncategorized
Slightly old news, but the first I heard about it was in CricInfo commentary 🙂
A man wanted in burglary cases, G. Kishan, escaped during daytime on Sunday from Uppal police station while the constables were reportedly watching the cricket match between India and Pakistan on television
News courtesy of The Hindu
There is a lot going on. So I thought I’d resurrect this column for today and merely provide pointers to a few news items of interest.
- Virender Sehwag, who succumbed a groin injury in the T20 semi-final against Australia, looks an uncertain starter for tonights’ Finals against Pakistan. He will undergo a fitness test on match-day and a decision will then be made on whether or not he will play.
- M. S. Dhoni (back strain) and Yuvraj Singh (tendonitis of the elbow) are also nursing niggles.
- Shoaib Mallik, the Pakistan captain hopes that, just as Pakistan did in 1992, the team will lift the T20 World Cup will once again lift a World Cup in the holy month of Ramzan!
- M. S. Dhoni indicates that he is very happy with the current team and cites Manoj Tiwary, Suresh Raina and S. Badrinath as the batting banch-strength.
- After hurting his ankle during one of the practice sessions at the T20 World Cup, Piyush Chawla is out of the 7-match ODI series against Australia. Hopefully, he will be replaced in the team, which already has 2 spinners, by a pace bowler or an allrounder like Joginder Sharma!
- Michael Hussey is also out of Australia’s 7-match ODI-tour of India. Queenslander, James Hopes replaces him in the team.
- The PCB has offered $10,000 to each Pakistan player for having beaten Australia in the leage-stage of the T20 World Cup. It has now offered each player Rs 5 Lakh (Rs 500,000) for reaching the finals of the T20 World Cup. We on i3j3 will be hoping that PCBs coffers aren’t further eroded after tonight!
The BCCI meanwhile confirmed that it has received a few applications for India Coach — including one from me perhaps? — via cricketboRAd@gmail.com, that impressive email id of theirs. The coach, however, will only be appointed after the Australian ODI series, but before the Pakistan series. Niranjan Shah confirmed that he was happy with M. S. Dhoni’s captaincy and announced that it was likely he would be made India’s Test captain too. Wonder what the selection committee makes of this?
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On a flat, slow track where the ball occasionally kept low, India won the toss and decided to bat first (which was a no brainer, really). Taking the hot, humid conditions and the pitch into consideration, India went with five bowlers and a long tail that even Hanuman would have been proud of.
The Indian batsman had to deliver and in spite of a golden duck from Jaffar of the first ball of the innings, the batsmen did deliver. Dravid and Karthik scored half centuries, but threw away their wickets. With three wickets back in the Pavilion and only Dhoni to follow, both Sachin and Saurav batted cautiously at the start, but eventually opened up to remain unbeaten on 80 and 82 respectively.
The job is only half done though – India need to put a 500+ on this flat track playing first and both players in the middle will have to score well above 100 to put India in command.
Here are some links to reports on the day’s play –
- The 3rd and last ODI between India and Bangladesh has been called off due to rain. The forecast doesn’t look good either – expect a few interruptions during the first test match starting on the 18th. Dravid had earlier said “We will hurt Bangladesh more in tests”
- Sreesanth is to return home due to his calf muscle injury. RP Singh who was part of the ODI side will stay back as his replacement.
- Although, India won the ODI series, Sidharth Monga writes that there are more unanswered questions after the series. In The Hindu, Raman writes that it is too premature to label Chawla and Gambhir as ODI specialists.
- Rohit Brijnath writes in The Hindu that Shastri was a good choice for coach (although only a temporary one), and a generational change is required as far as coaching is concerned. Vijay Lokapally writes in The Sportstar that coaching the Indian team is a demanding job. Meanwhile, some BCCI officials are set to meet in Chittagong to discuss the possibility of Dav Whatmore taking over as coach.
- Chawla, Pujara and Yomahesh have bagged the Border-Gavaskar scholarship for a stint at the Australian academy. Pujara, who had also won the scholarship previously, couldn’t travel due to visa problems – hopefully that will not be a problem this time around.
- Kapil Dev is to be head of the Zee Cricket executive board. The other members include Tony Greig, Dean Jones and Kiran More. There is a lot of interest from ageing international players to join the league.
- India Times reports that BCCI is having difficulty finding sponsors for Team India.
- The Australia-Zimbabwe tour has been officially called off, after the Australian government banned the cricket team from touring Zimbabwe. According to The Age, Cricket in Zimbabwe could have worked. Zimbabwe have accused Australia of “racist ploy”
- Sachin has a few things to sort out with the Income Tax department, according to a report in the Indian Express.
- Brian Lara is to make a guest appearance in a Bollywood movie.