Saturday, July 02, 2022

Musings OF A GROUNDSMAN - CODE OF MISCONDUCT



In a society, there are unwritten rules. Codes that allow us as individuals to coexist. But as humans, there are times when codes may be violated, rules disobeyed and honour trampled on. However, in some certain circumstances, code violation may be excusable. Matters of life-and-death, for instance, will render any law, rule, regulation or agreement almost useless.
In an IPL match few days ago, Ravi Ashwin mankaded Jos Butler at a critical time in the game, and it swung the game in favour of KXIP

What actually piqued my interest was that in 2012 against Sri Lanka, this same Ashwin mankaded a batsman but the appeal was withdrawn by his then national captain, Virender Sehwag. Four years later, during the U-19 World Cup, the ugly incident happened again. This time it was West Indies that had mankaded Zimbabwe to reach the Quarter Finals. But even as high as the stakes seemed, the cricket community still labelled it a “disgraceful behaviour”. Seeing it again now, it simply appalls me.

Everyone playing any game wants to win but winning ugly has never been a mantra in cricket. Does not have a place in any sport. A careful analysis of the footage suggests he had no intention of playing fair. First, because he chose not to warn the batsman a first time; and second because he waited for the bat to drag across the popping crease before effecting his shameful run-out. Even MCC has come out to condemn the act.
I do not call for it to be removed. I call for it to be discouraged.

Chris Gayle did it in 2012 Word T20 against England when he danced around Eoin Morgan's wicket as a warning to him. In the spirit of the game, all players should do it. Anyone knows where I can address my suggestion to?

- A Groundsman

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