Top 10 controversies in International Cricket
There are several controversies in sports and cricket is no exception. Despite being called as the gentleman’s game Cricket has had its fair share of controversies. In today’s article we bring to the fore the top 10 controversies in International cricket.
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10. Throw ball and No Ball
In a 1995 match between Australia and Sri Lanka in Melbourne, umpire Darrell Hair no balled Muttiah Muralitharan seven times in three overs for throwing. Later results revealed that Murali’s congenital elbow was responsible for his unusual action. After much ado and with charges of racial discrimination flying thick and fast Hair was found guilty by the ICC.
09. Racial Discrimination in Zimbabwe
During the late 1990s and beyond, as the political and economic situation worsened in Zimbabwe, cricketing standards in the country went into freefall.The Mugabe regime took control of Zimbabwean cricket and the accusation was levied that selections were being made on racial grounds; this time black players being favoured over their white counterparts. For a time, Zimbabwe was suspended from international cricket but then re-admitted. But it’s fair to say that the game in Zimbabwe is still in turmoil.
08. Afridi’s burger
On 31st January 2010 in a match against Australia TV cameras caught Pakistan allrounder ShahidAfridi chomping into the white ball . As a consequence he was banned from 2 t20 matches. Afridi on his part gave a hilarious response by saying that he was trying to smell the ball.
07. The Sreesanth Slapgate
The Indian Premier League 2008 saw the rockstar cum speedstar now turned fixing star S. Sreesanth getting into a brawl with his India companion Harbhajan Singh. It was reported that Bhajji slapped Sreesanth when he said “Hard Luck” to Harbhajan on their defeat. Sreesanth was seen crying in the field and his tears could be clearly visible in the TV screen.
06. Eden Riots
Chasing 252 runs for victory in the semi-final of world cup 1996, India slumped to 120 for 8 as India succumbed to pressure.The pathetic performance by the Indian batsmen set the crowd wild. The angry spectators threw water bottles into the ground and set fire in the stands. Match referee Clive Lloyd halted the match for 15 minutes and later tried to resume the match under tight security but his effort went in vain as the spectators were in no mood to calm down. The match was eventually awarded to Sri Lanka.
05. The Monkey Gate
The 2nd test match of India’s tour to Australia in 2008 saw an ugly altercation between Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds. As Harbhajan chanted “ma ki”, Symonds heard it to be “Monkey” and then his Australian pride went berserk as he dragged Singh to ICC’s court.
04. Chappell Delivery
The underarm bowling incident of 1981 took place on 1 February 1981, when Australia was playing New Zealand in a One Day International cricket match.To prevent New Zealand from any chance of scoring the six they needed to tie, the Australian captain, Greg Chappell instructed his bowler Trevor Chappell to deliver the last ball underarm, along the ground. This action was legal at the time, but nevertheless seen as being against the spirit of cricketing fair play.
03. The Oval Test
In this match against England, the Aussie umpire Darrel Hair accused the Pakistan players of ball tampering. In a mark of protest the Pakistan players refused to come out to play after tea. The impatient Hair, promptly removed the bails after waiting for 20 mins and 5 mins later the Pakistani team marched on the grounds with their Captain. However as the bails were removed the umpires declared the match forfeited and awarded the match to England. This is the only forfeited Test in the history of cricket.
02. The Sydney Riot
Perhaps the inspiration behind the Eden Riots, the Sydney Riots happened when a decision by the umpirecaused a furore among the spectators and an angry mob intruded into the ground and assaulted the fielding English players as well as the umpire. It is believed that the riot was sparked by some gamblers, who bet heavily on the home side, because the English team was in a strong position to win the match. This incident is rated as one of the most shocking among the top 10 cricket controversies.
The Ashes series of 1932-33 witnessed the English bowlers bowling short pitched deliveries aimed at the batsman’s body. Although no serious injury resulted from that incident, it led to a bitter relationship between the two teams and it also affected the diplomatic relations between England and Australia.
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