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    December 11, 2006

    Controversy? What? Why?

    Sri Lanka & Jayawardena are being a bit unintelligent in trying to create a controversy out of the Muralitharan run-out, after the 5-wicket loss. I watched it live and I had no qualms about the decision and I am definitely shocked that it has been projected as a controversy. Anyday, I will want Sri Lanka to win over New Zealand. But, that has got nothing to do with unfair cricket. The rules cannot be messed up with.

    Muralitharan had no business to go and greet Sangakkara so early. It may be Sangakkara's 100th run for the innings, but just another run in the scorecard and it cannot be excused of any rules and hence Muralitharan is very clearly out as he would have been if he had fallen short in reaching for the first run itself - but that would have been very unfortunate for Sangakkara as he would have finished with 99*. Instead of blaming the Kiwis and talking about spirit of cricket etc., Jayawardena would do well to gift a Laws of Cricket to Muralitharan. As someone rightly said, though its a gentleman's game, they are out there to win and hence they are allowed to do anything within the rules.

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    Far too often, we come across cricketers who don't know the laws. There was a fairly high profile case in February! I think cricket boards should make it mandatory for anyone given an international cap to sit for an exam which figures out knowledge of the rules and not grant contracts to those who fail the exam!

    By Blogger Jagadish (11-Dec-2006, 3:37:00 PM)  


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