Cricket is known as the gentleman’s game. The physicality involved in other competitive sports like football and rugby are not seen here. But in the heat of the moment, often arises situations where inappropriate behaviours from the players malign the spirit of the game. ICC has strict rules to punish such offenders. Although this has minimized such situations, sometimes these incidents cannot be avoided. These mainly occur during matches between the arch rivals or during an important match in a big tournament. There are some players who have been repeatedly accused and punished for such behaviours. They are the so called “Hot Headed Cricketers”.
5. Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib Akhtar, is a Pakistani former cricketer who is regarded as one of the fastest bowlers in modern cricket. He has been involved in several controversies during his career, often accused of not being a team player, but he often made a significant impact. Akhtar was sent home during a Test match series in Australia in 2005 for alleged poor attitude. In September 2007, he was banned for an indefinite period for his fight with Pakistan team mate and fast bowler Mohammad Asif. On 1 April 2008, Akhtar was banned for 5 years for publicly criticizing the Pakistan Cricket Board.
4. Kieron Pollard
Kieron Adrian Pollard is a Trinidadian cricketer who plays for the West Indies. An aggressive all-rounder, Pollard provides medium-fast pace bowling and big-hitting from the middle-order. The big guy is not a cool head person and reacts immediately to the events. Of one such event was of the IPL 7 match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Pollard threw his bat in Starc’s direction after the frustrated Aussie fast bowler seemingly aimed a delivery at the West Indies star who had pulled away citing a distraction.
3. Virat Kohli
He is the poster boy of Indian cricket. The only established player in all three formats of the game. He is compared to the legends of world cricket. Meet Virat Kohli, the Delhi lad who has always been the star. Virat Kohli has been so aggressively auditioning for the role of angry, young man that one can’t fault him for believing that the part is his for the taking. In the Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore game. The Kohli-Gautam Gambhir spat was the most visible sign of dissension among players of the same national team and showcased the toll the change of guard is taking on players. The pup had become top dog and Gambhir, never known for a calm temperament, was ripe for a battle.
2. Harbhajan Singh
A specialist bowler, he has the second-highest number of Test wickets by an off spinner, behind Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan. Harbhajan made his Test and One Day International (ODI) debuts in early 1998. Harbhajan too has lost control over his mind. While Harbhajan was batting during his 63 on the third day of the Second Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, he became involved in an altercation with Australia’s Andrew Symonds. As a result of this, he was charged with a Level 3 offence of racially abusing Symonds by calling the Australian—of Caribbean descent—a “monkey”.Harbhajan was involved in further controversy after an 2008 Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab at Mohali in April 2008. While the teams were shaking hands, he slapped Punjab paceman and Indian team-mate Sreesanth in the face.
1. Andrew Symonds
A two-time World Cup winner, Symonds is a right-handed middle order batsman and alternates between medium pace and off-spin bowling. He is also notable for his exceptional fielding skills. Since mid-2008, he spent most of the time out of the team, due to disciplinary reasons, including alcohol. In June 2009 he was sent home from the 2009 World Twenty20, his third suspension, expulsion or exclusion from selection in the space of a year. His central contract was then withdrawn.