Ashes 2013 - Shame! Double Standards and Hypocrisy
Jul 17, 2013

Ashes 2013 - Shame! Double Standards and Hypocrisy

Karma has a funny way to come back and bite you in the backside. Even though the Trent Bridge Test gave us so many fascinating cricketing moments, it is impossible to ignore the Stuart Broad incident. It was the one incident that spoilt an otherwise outstanding advertisement for cricket. Not just Test cricket, but Cricket as a whole. Many of us would remember a few incidents like such, but there are three in particular that will assist in this blog.
The first is from March 2012, when – England XI were playing against Sri Lanka Board President's XI in Colombo. James Anderson had induced a fairly meaty edge from Dilruwan Perera to Andrew Strauss at slip. The umpire didn't see it and turned the appeal down and Perera refused to walk.*
Several England players had a go at Perera on the field and were clearly upset afterwards as well with Swann leading the way, saying: "The thing that annoyed me was that the batsman stood there knowing 100% he was out but chose to cheat. But we live in an age where cheating is accepted in our game. If you don't walk and get away with it, no one seems to say anything. I don't agree with that." This sentiment was even supposed by the English Cricket Board*.
The second – which has to do with Ian Bell's dismissal-that-wasn't, at the same venue, against India in 2011, remember the whole run out and then reversal by MS Dhoni at tea episode? Swann, Strauss, etc had invoked the "spirit of cricket" argument at that time saying England are a team that believes in fair play."*.
And the third is rather recent, and involves West Indian Denesh Ramdin, against Pakistan, at the Champions Trophy in England last month. Ramdin claimed a catch that wasn't clean. He was banned for two One-Day Internationals. The fact that Chris Broad, Stuart's father, was match referee on that occasion is a coincidence.
By standing, when he could have walked, Broad has left his father Chris open to a rather awkward question. So, Mr Match Referee, how do you reconcile banning a wicketkeeper for two matches for claiming a catch he might have known was not cleanly taken, when your son stays at the crease after being certain he was out caught?
But keeping just these three incidents in mind, any cricket fan would like the following to happen: Swann ideally should go to the media and offer to contradict what Kevin Pietersen said on Friday: "We play fair and each individual has the responsibility and makes the judgment if he will wait for the umpire's decision."*
Pietersen's opinion contradicts Swann's view from just over a year ago, so Swann should either declare that we was "misquoted", and/or agree that Broad and Pietersen are right and a player is under no obligation to be honest.
Broad Jr should be handed a ban by the ICC because (1) Broad "stood there knowing 100% he was out but chose to cheat", (2) he belongs to a "team that believes in fair play" but failed, at least on this occasion, to uphold the standards of his team, and (3) the International Cricket Council doesn't take kindly to offences of this kind as it proved with the Ramdin issue.
The Guardian and cricinfo quoted Swann as having said at the time: "I wanted to kill the batsman because he was cheating." Stuart Broad, should be rather worried around now. Oh, but the weekend's past and Swann hasn't done anything yet ….
Note: All quotes marked * have been sourced from Wisden UK, or The Guardian. All images have been credited to, SkySports and/or Getty Images

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sanjiv shah

1467 days ago
might is right