Cricket gossip :
What happened was this : Sharad Pawar being the chief guest of the prize distribution function was standing on the dias after awarding the trophy to Ricky. The whole aussie team(uninvited) runs up to the dias to lift the cup. There is a stampede of sorts and Ponting it seems asks Pawar to “please step off the dias” and Martyn “gently pushes” Pawar off the dias. What nerve!
It seems this is what Sharad Pawar has said about the "pushing" incident.
"This is not good at all, but I have decided to play it down because we have an extremely good relationship with the Australian board and we would like for that to keep going. Those players were not allowed to come onto the dais. It was only supposed to be the captain. Certainly I would accept an apology because then we could close this chapter. The Australian board is headed by a respected and civilised man and our relationship is extremely good. If they apologise, it would be a good signal to the people in this country."
James Sutherland, Cricket Australia CEO had said yesterday that the relations between both boards were absolutely fine. "It's unfortunate that there has been an interpretation of disrespect from that. I know that no disrespect was intended by the Australian players; I have spoken to Ricky about it. Perhaps sometimes these things can happen between different cultures.”
The last sentence is interesting. I feel it is important for a visitor to understand the conventions and practices of a host and behave accordingly. It is inexcusable for a guest to claim a “clash of cultures” after he has willingly been a guest. Would any other team have behaves the same way? No way. The Australians at the moment are surely too full of themselves and need to be taught some humility. Right? Hope they fail miserably at the world cup. Woe befall this team on the cricket field. That would hopefully strip them off some of their ego.