Monday, February 1, 2010

Ball-Biting Ain’t Cricket

Color blind Pathaan took it for an apple... Tried to chew it!! Mr. Khan Shame Shame!!
Seems like everyone who should have been a role model is becoming a symbol of shame. An endeared sportsman is biting cricket balls to cheat his way to victory.
Yes, that is exactly what he did. With his side on a losing streak, having lost the first four one-day games and well on its way to losing the fifth, Shahid Khan Afridi took the cricket ball and actually started biting it, even as the television camera was squarely focused on him doing so. And why would Shahid Afridi indulge in this illegal, and rather disgusting, form of ball tampering?
Here is his response, in his own words:
I shouldn’t have done it. It just happened. I was trying to help my bowlers and win a match, one match… There is no team in the world that doesn’t tamper with the ball. My methods were wrong. I am embarrassed, I shouldn’t have done it. I just wanted to win us a game but this was the wrong way to do it."
Is he actually missing the point?
Read the statement again: “There is no team in the world that doesn’t tamper with the ball. My methods were wrong.”

What is he trying to saying? That tampering is OK but his “methods” were wrong? Then what would be the “right” method for tampering a cricket ball!
Shahid Afridi, a cricketer so dear to the whole world, indulging in such an activity is unacceptable. He has been slapped with a ban of two international games. Is the punishment enough? The governing bodies should look into the matter and provide sterner punishment.

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