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Double Standards in Cricket

Posted by Sports Snob on August 29, 2006

Is a bowler who scratches the ball to improve reverse swing anymore of a cheat than a bowler who tries to improve the shine to aid normal swing. Is he more of a cheat than a batsman who stands his ground when he knows he has hit the ball?

This are the questions that former England pacer Angus Fraser asks in this article. Much like line and length during his playing career, Fraser has got this spot on.

From the article:

When Waqar and Wasim were ripping out Test sides with an array of unplayable in-swinging yorkers, the antennae of those on the receiving end suddenly perked up, and underhand tactics were deemed to be taking place. And it was the same last weekend when Alastair Cook was flummoxed by a similar style of delivery from the Pakistan seamer Umar Gul.

Yet in 2005, when Andrew Flintoff and Simon Jones were knocking over Australia’s Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist, barely an eyebrow was raised. The consensus was that England’s brave young boys had legitimately perfected this mysterious art and the ageing Aussies were not up to it.

As for the controversy itself- the ICC has let this issue drag on too far and Hair’s offer of resignation for money has added an entire new dimension to the story. Much like FIFA, the ICC has always been guilty of not releasing official information on time thereby resulting in needless gossip on part of pundits and journalists. Maybe management schools should now take the ICC as a case study of how NOT to deal with crisis. Or maybe they should just stick to FEMA


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5 Responses to “Double Standards in Cricket”

  1. DS said

    The one thing that always keeps coming up in most sports is how the organization running it is as inept and useless.

    I wonder, what exactly should the ICC have done in this regard? Is there a solution that is going to please all? Considering that the ICC leans heavily on its member nations, isn’t there going to be a conflict of interests one way or the other?

    Personally, I feel that they have done all that they could in this issue. When something as high profile as cricket is played, there are bound to be issues. That is reality. Dealing with it is what the ICC is doing.

    Maybe the ‘needless gossip’ (as the name implies) is where the problem lies…

  2. Z said

    Firstly, not in most sports–in some sports..nobody hears any complaints about the WTA (atleast that I know of)

    You bring up a good point, the functioning of the ICC does depend a lot on the whims of the member boards. With regards to this issue- better information on time would have been much better for the spectators. Nobody at the match had a clue as to what was going on! What in the world was Mike Procter doing at the Oval.

    A swift resolution would have been much better. Or atleast, the process could have started rightaway. Instead, we are going to have to wait till the final week of September for the hearing.

  3. Ravi said

    as far as the crowd being in the dark goes, its more like what the hell was the ECB doing being the host. it was their responsiblity to inform the crowd. but then we all know that noone had an absolute clue as to what was goin on!!

  4. Kesavan said

    Agree entirely with Fraser, the bowlers need to be given some chance. A close low scoring match is just as interesting as a close high scoring match.

    ICC is a joke, and had no clue as to what to do till Hair saved them.

  5. Z said

    @Ravi- Yep…the fault is everywhere but the ICC should have taken charge.

    @ Kesavan- Yep. Agree with you.

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