April 29, 2008

Cricketers are a highly pampered lot in India

The incident post match between Punjab and Mumbai is despicable and that's probably an understatement! Like many Indians, I too wonder if he deserved all the support and sympathy we so gladly offered early this year, in Australia. While we can do nothing about the past, I am sure we can do something now. For a start, a 11 match ban is a very lenient one. He can plead guilty, apologise, hug Sreesanth, never mind. An action as shameful as this, cannot be condoned and let off so lightly. You see, if it were a case of physical abuse, do you realise what the ramifications will be? We would all want a full trial and the accused be punished even if he pleads guilty. Why, then, a different treatment for cricketers? Are they a cut above us, mortals? This, in my opinion is a very soft signal to the players, some of whom require detailed sessions on decorum to be maintained during and after play. Cricket is the number one sport that the citizens of this country looks up to, cricketers enjoy the adulation and praise when they do well, they might as well learn the wrath of Indians when they fail and don't live up to expectations. Its time, we Indians show them 'zero tolerance' for such behavior. BCCI, can you hear the voice of so many Indians?

4 comments:

R Swaminathan said...

Why only punishment for poor Bhajji ? What about penalizing Sreesanth who started it with his provocation ? When Zidane head butted Mattarazi, FIFA took severe action against both of them. Sreesanth should have been given a more severe treatment.

Odeen said...

Bhajji's on-field antics have finally been brought to light. The cricketing world now knows what an "obnoxious little weed" he really is. If slapping Sree wasn't bad enough, the Mumbai Indians' coach was caught on camera applauding the deed. Sending Bhajji back to Duleep trophy circles is a great idea, after all the cat from Bengal was asked to do the same for indiscipline a couple of years ago.

Raji said...

I am not sure if sending Bhajji to Duleep trophy will get him disciplined. He has a notorious record for indiscipline, mis conduct and no amount of punishment seems to have any effect of this 'weed'. He was really lucky to be let away in Australia early this year.

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