Ball-Tampering: Let’s Move On, Shall We?
Just when you think that the cricketing world has seen it all, it hasn’t. Every week rides high on emotions. Last week, it was about the teams who couldn’t make it to the World Cup, this week was all about a controversial ball-tampering issue leading to a lengthy ban for three of the finest cricketing stars of Australia.
On the one hand, we have a generation of kids who wont be able to see their country’s cricketing heroes be a part of the World Cup due to the sport’s shrinking nature, while on the other hand, a generation of kids would be feeling betrayed after being let down by their cricketing heroes’ shameful act.
Sentiments of not only a nation, but also of a legion of fans around the world are hurt. It is not everyday you see the World’s number one Test batsman owning up to an act of hood-wink.
The aggression, passion to win at all costs probably drove the Aussie trio to commit such a crime but there’s a line you never cross. It may go against the ethics and spirits of the game but above all, you are representing your country on a world stage.
You are wearing the Baggy Green. It is not just anybody’s Baggy Green, it is your hard-earned reward for years of grit and determination. It is a dream, of not only a kid growing up in the backyards of Wollongong but also of a First Class cricketer who won the Sheffield Shield for Queensland on Tuesday.
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It is appalling how a series is overpowered by its off-field dramas instead of the on-field performances.
It was devastating to see Steve Smith break down before the press with his old man behind him. People might believe that Smith’s tears may have been a novelty act to plead sympathy and somehow get his ban reduced but his choice of words in such a testing hour were of great importance. If there is anything to take away from it, it is a lesson.
He said: “Anytime you think about making a questionable decision, think about who you are affecting , you are affecting your parents. To see my old man and mum, It hurts. I just want to say I am sorry for all the pain I have brought to Australia, the fans and the public, it is devastating and I am truly sorry”.
His actions may have stained the spirit of the sport he calls the greatest in the world, but it is also the same sport that will miss his fidgety batting stance that has brought him runs galore in the recent past. Hopefully, he assesses his actions spending time away from the game for a year.
When he returns before the World Cup, a lot of challenges await him. Primarily, to regain the respect, pride and trust of his fans and countrymen. For now, it is time for the Test-hopefuls waiting in the wings to shine and restore the lost interest of the game in the hearts of all the Australians.
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