Yesterday i had written a post after India’s disastrous loss .Well,i was quite harsh on them ,yes,i accept it . But that was merely due to fact that i was out of my senses ,i was really hurt watching them loose.It was just a wild rant that came out of my heart. NOW that i am back to normal i would want to write on the other aspects of the Sydney test,perhaps the darker sides of it.
The Sydney test has been a complete blow to the spirit ,dignity and integrity of the game .Here i dont want to talk about the result of the match as i have already discussed it in the previous post.Well, Aussie skipper says the match has been played in the right spirits of the game .What i feel is that being a captain of such a team which has performed so well on the past ,he has totally forgot the meaning of the right spirit.How can staying on crease after getting out be called as right spirit?? How can appealing for a catch thats not a proper one be right spirit ?? What bothers me more is that even after the replays clearly shows that the catch was not neat ,He is not ready to agree it .That clearly shows the arrogance of the player.Yes,the way australians have played the game was not upto the right spirit of the game.
When there are one or two wrong decisions it is acceptable but 8 decisions in which most are quite simple is ludicrous.When there’s a so called technology at your disposal why the hell they cant use it for confirming it . It was a total umpiring fiasco out there in Sydney . Steve bucknor has already been into trouble before but he is not bothering to change . I guess its high time now for technology to take over most of the umpiring and a rule should be implemented so that 3rd umpire could rule over the wrong decisions taken by the umpires in the ground.I dont blame the loss entirely to the bad umpiring but yes it did change the course of the match.
I have always been a Fan of australian team’s commitment and skills but they have also disappointed me with sledging that australian are known to do but thats part and parcel of the game.But complaining against harbhajan for his so called racist remarks against symonds was difficult to comprehend. Banning him for 3 matches on the basis of the opposition team player’s statement is another black dot for the sydney test.Actually ,How dumb can a refree be to accept the complaint when the umpires have not heard it many things go on ground that is not reachable to the umpires ears you cant just put each player under the banner.Well, i dont want to go into the subject whether harbajan called him “monkey” or not But there have been instances where players have used abusive language ,particularly Australians and south african players.They even get caught on the TV but they get without even a fine.Why so big issue for this match.If umpires are not needed for the judgment then any player would lodge a complaint against a opposition teammate make him sit out for 3 matches or so.The decision that they have taken by banning may be good for the problem of racialism but it change the future of the cricket.Now even kumble has lodged a complaint against hogg and he may be banned too and this may go on irrespective of whether the player is guilty or not.
Well, now the latest news is that bucknor would not be present in the rest of the series. Will that help .May be may be not .What appalls me is that as per the rules umpires cant be changed in between the series and its not only steve bucknor even in the last series the umpire who was awarded the best umpire of the year too committed mistakes. Use of technology is best possible way to reduce the errors.The game must have resulted a bad taste in the mouth for ICC too. The way ICC functions has been quite below par ,its clearly visible when a Board like BCCI holds a special position due the amount of money BCCI holds for ICC . There have been times in past when BCCI has been able to convince ICC to change a judgment against a particular player . and I see that happening in harbhajan’s case too .Clearly, if that happens would be really a disgrace to an international organization like ICC too.