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Monday, October 22, 2007

Gavaskar has a point

I don't agree with all that Gavaskar says. Infact, I really dislike his brand of cricket commentary and normally mute the television set when his commentary is on. But I think he has made a pretty pertinent point when he criticised the match referee and match umpires for not having taken any action against the concerned players for the ugly scenes that were on display throughout the just concluded India-Australia ODI series.

Gavaskar's views on the matter:
"One is not privy to the report the match referee may have sent to ICC but the fact that not even one player from both sides has been reported and reprimanded shows the referee and the umpires did not do the job assigned to them and that was to see that the game was not brought into disrepute and the spirit of cricket maintained.

"He [match referee] is there not just to protect the umpires from the players but to see that the game goes on without any untoward incidents and what happened between the two players was definitely not cricket. By abdicating their responsibility, match officials let the game down big time and have raised a big question mark on their ability to control the game and players.

"It would be sad if the ICC turns a blind eye to what happened during the series, for even while accepting that the game has changed and become far more aggressive than yesteryears, what was seen on the cricket field did not do any good to the image of the game nor enhance the quality by any stretch of imagination."

When you come to think of it, it is really strange that in a series that has been more in the media eye for poor on-field behaviour, not one player was actually reprimanded by the powers that be.

Players have been openly critical about the opposition's unhealthy tactics and there have even been obvious cases of dissent against the umpire's decicions. Yet, somehow, no one is found guilty.

Whatever the reasons, such apathy on the officials' part towards on-field events will only work towards taking healthy aggression towards vulgarity, which should not happen.

Hope someone takes note of what Gavaskar is trying to say.

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