ugly side of Aussie cricket surfaces again
My Dear Murali,
I know that you would be far away in Australia when you read this
but I still thought of writing to you when I heard that you were named
the greatest bowler in test cricket with your achievements being compared
to those of the great Don Bradman in batting.
But why I wanted
to write to you even more was because just after this announcement
there were reports that some former umpires had criticised your
action once again, calling you a chucker.
Of course you
have been through all this once before, but doesn't it seem ridiculous
that Australia is the only country where you seem to have this problem?
And it always seems to emerge when there is a World Cup a few months
By now you
must have seen the Aussie newspapers carrying full page colour pictures
of you, but saying in banner headlines that "he's got worse".
I hope you are not too discouraged by that!
one of those making the allegations is not the infamous Darrel Hair
but another umpire who is more renowned for being found guilty of
child abuse. And surprisingly, the Aussie media seem to have conveniently
forgotten this fact for that is never mentioned in their campaign
The other issue
which we must raise is whether we should be playing in Australia
at all. Remember the time when a bomb exploded in Colombo they boycotted
their World Cup matches?
Well, it is
almost the same scenario in Australia now with its government warning
its own citizens that a terrorist attack is imminent. And, just
two months ago a bomb exploded in Indonesia but its target was mostly
Australians holidaying there. So, I'd rather suggest that we say
it is unsafe to travel to Australia now and call it a day!
We know you
have not started playing Down Under just yet because you are recovering
from recent surgery, but my other concern is whether there are those
who are willing to stand up to the pressure if matters get out of
control. When that happened the last time you were here, Captain
Cool handled it "pretty well", but I'm not so sure whether
we can be that confident now!
We all know
that you have been brought up in the best traditionsof playing the
game well, regardless of winning or losing but it would also be
interesting to see what Velu thinks of all this too now that he
has watered down some of his earlier demands. Some are suggesting
that apart from autonomy and a police force and a court system he
would ask for a separate cricket team too- what would you say to
of luck. The way we are performing at the moment, you would need
all of it, I guess. Just remember, the last time the Aussies tried
to harass us we went on to beat them and win the World Cup. They
don't seem to have learnt their lesson, so maybe history will repeat
PS- We know that you are proud of the fact that your father owns
a sweets factory. But sometimes I feel you would have been better
off if he were a politician. That way, you could corner the Umpire
who called you a chucker, taken him to a toilet and assaulted him
and then got away scot free too!