Cricket these days is not how it used to be. This is the understatement of the year as cricket is actually transformed ala 20 20 into something many of us cannot even understand anymore. Oh sure its hit and giggle and seemed fun in the start but the whole ambiance seems to be eroding the spirit of this sport to me.
Not that we Pakistani’s are doing anything to uplift the spirit of cricket either. Although I would like to strongly protest how a Pakistani player was tackled at the Wacca in the final ODI match between Aus and Pakistan by a spectator, I cannot begin to find words to explain what our stand in captain Afridi did before the tackle. Thus I think it would be best to watch it..
This is perhaps the cover of a future video entitled” what not to do as captain of Pakistan” If not that, then perhaps it should be something shown to all our cricketers on a weekly basis to emulate how one of our greats humiliated us all in full view of thousands of cameras, by biting the ball. Yes Shahid Afridi bit the ball to tamper with it, not as some innocent commentator claims in the video to take the rough bits or the thread off, which is normally snipped off by the umpires. He has actually admitted and been banned for 2 twenty twenty matches for ball tampering.
Cricket Australia has sprung into action on the spectator who tackled our opener Khalid to the ground, they have contacted Khalid and asked him if he wants to press charges, if he does not want to, they are gong to proceed anyways. My question is, what is Cricket Pakistan going to do with a captain who says this in defence for his utterly disgraceful action…
“I shouldn’t have done it. It just happened. I was trying to help my bowlers and win a match, one match,” he told Geo TV, a Pakistan-based news channel. “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
If you ask me, we need to ban him and Muhammad Asif for life..too many times have we turned our eyes away from absolutely reprehensible behavior by our cricketing gods.
Shahid Afridi quotes given above & reporting on this incident in detail available at Cricinfo