No evidence, but still guilty?

Harbhajan banned for three-matches for alleged "racial abuse". Umpires haven't heard or seen anything. Mike Procter himself came on camera and said that the umpires told him they have not heard or seen anything. Did he see anything from the TV footage? It does not seem so. If there is any evidence, we have the right to know it. Aussie players claim something. Indian players claim otherwise. Two parties are not agreeing on what really happened. Under the circumstances, you expect the ICC referee to dismiss the charge on the lack of evidence. Instead, he punished Harbhajan. Did he go by just the word from Aussie players alone?

Now, by this process anyone can be punished. Any team can gang against the better players of the opponent team and claim racial abuse or anything that can get a ban! If a Muttiah Muralidaran bowls well, previously they claimed chucking, shouted "no ball", wrote "expert" columns about his bowling action and so on. Now, it seems that there is even a new trick - claim "racial abuse", get a ban for 2/3 matches and then you can bag the series!!

If BCCI believes injustice has been done, then they should just pull out and send a strong message to ICC. It is ICC that needs India and it's large cricket crazy population. Not the other way around. It is economically viable to have our own tournaments, entertain public, have fun and make money. BCCI has to learn from the ICL example and start something within India and expand.

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I suspect that the match referee or umpires dug themselves a hole here: they asked for incidents to be reported, and that is what happened. They were probably hoping for easier situations where audio was recorded or more than the two people at the centre of the problem heard what was said.

But having asked for a report, they got one. Now what do they do? If they don't do anything, they look weak and ineffectual. If they do something and the case is not strong, they're similarly in the line of fire. In this case, it is damned if you do and damned if you don't. I suspect the only thing they can do here is to impose a ban and then revoke it on appeal. This may seem stupid, but it allows everyone to claim everything is working as it is supposed to without making anything look ineffectual or weak and gives everyone a "victory".

So the hole was dug and everyone jumped in. It must be nice in that hole.

Posted by Darren on January 07, 2008 at 01:03 PM IST #

Posts this far off topic make me want to unsubscribe. Please indicate in the title what the topic is so that readers can remove the entry from the RSS feed without having to click here to discover this has nothing to do with Java or Sun. Your choice, of course. However, most bloggers keep separate blogs for just this purpose. Thanks.

Posted by A. on January 07, 2008 at 11:07 PM IST #

Hi, I made the category to be "cricket". But if RSS/ATOM can not be filtered based on blogs.sun.com categories (I don't know about that), I'm sorry. I'll indicate "cricket/sport" in the title. One of these days, I should start using tags as well. Thanks for reading my blogs. BTW, this blog will remain with mostly Sun/Java topics with occasional wandering.

Posted by A. Sundararajan on January 08, 2008 at 02:09 AM IST #

Finally he got the justice.

One concern, your blog is not recognizable by any of the RSS stuff. Like I have tried to add it in iGoogle ( Add Stuff/RSS feed) and when i passed http://blogs.sun.com/sundararajan/ it is throwing error: Not Found: http://blogs.sun.com/sundararajan/.

whereas any other can, i mean check out any other.

Posted by Vaibhav Choudhary on January 24, 2008 at 01:05 AM IST #

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