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