Saturday, March 29, 2014

Cricket's just 'not cricket' for some

After the rioting in Lil' hot India in Singapore it seems our friends from the subcontinent are at it again, wakakaka, this time rioting over the silly game of cricket. 

Now, in the subcontinent countries of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, and other cricket-loving nations like South Africa, Australia, NZ, West Indies and of course where cricket came from, England, the game of cricket is virtually a hallowed institution.

Former Australian PM John Howard is what would be called a cricket tragic, one whose love of cricket is unfortunately not matched by his playing ability, wakakaka.

To him, he preposterously though understandably named Donald Bradman, an Australian cricket player who passed away in 2001 at the age of 92, as the World's greatest sportsman ever.

I wonder whether John Howard has heard of sportsmen like Jesse Owen, Pele, Rudy Hartono, Carl Lewis, Zico, Michael Jordan, Roger Federer, Steve Redgrave, Muhammad Ali, Wayne Gretsky, Diego Maradona, Mark Spitz, or even cricket's Sachin Tendulkar, etc to even dare named Bradman as a far greater athlete than them?

Pele in action

But we have to forgive Howard because besides being a cricket tragic he is also an Australian like Bradman and thus had been 'patriotic' in naming his countryman as the best of the bests.

Additionally, Howard is particularly known to be nostalgic about people and things of the 'golden age' of good old White Australia, an era before it was swamped by soccer-loving migrants from around the world like kaytee wakakaka. Donald Bradman was already a cricket icon in those 'wonderful' days of Howard's Australia, so he naturally would be the model icon for Howard.

In the English world, cricket was a game for the so-called 'better half' of society while soccer or football was for the peasants, wakakaka, though to be fair to Australia, which has a more egalitarian society than England, cricket was and still is enjoyed by all social classes.

In fact, in earlier England, fair play in cricket was so paramount and treasured that it gave us the English colloquialism of 'It's not cricket' to mean 'Having something that is unjust or just plain wrong done to someone or something'.

But today, ever since Murdoch initiated highly commercialized cricket games for his pay TV, with the players paid in the millions plus bonuses, the game of cricket is 'not cricket' anymore, where all sorts of unsavory stories about the game and some players have been heard.

Some players have got away or only suffered light taps on their wrists with allegations of cheating, match fixing or/and association with bookmakers - see here for two Australian cases where the two are considered by Australian cricket fans as virtually 'heroes'. But some like Ajay Sharma of India and the late Hansie Cronje, former South African cricket captain, were banned for life

Apart from cases and allegations of corruption, the game with significant financial rewards waiting for the winners has gone so disgracefully dirty that even the nasty unsportsmanlike 'sledging' has been allowed.

Sledging in cricket is the practice of gaining an advantage over the opposition through insulting or verbally intimidating the players of the other team so as to unsettle them or make them lose their cool. The aim is to make them play in a less composed and thus less skillful form.

The professional cricket players will attempt to bullshit that sledging is humorous and an important part of cricket. but we note that no other professional game other than cricket allows sledging.

The ulterior objective is to win (the money prize plus the lucrative advertising contracts) by any means, including nasty psychological warfare of verbal abuses to make the opponent lose his temper and thus his ability to play in a composed, cool and collected manner.

Anyway, our subcontinent friends in Singapore had on Tuesday night watched a televised match between the West Indies and Bangladesh where the Windies (the name of the West Indies cricket team) won.

I'm not sure whether there was 'sledging' among the spectators, wakakaka, but a brawl broke out among the migrant worker spectators, and their usual antics, lighting a fire, became their signature tune again, wakakaka.

As to who was supporting which team, and what was the grievance leading to the brawl, no one has said a word on it, but I just wonder whether the happy brew was involved, again? Wakakaka.

Some people just can't change, wakakaka.


  1. Ah at last you have touched on a very sensitive subject for those who dominated cricket in the early days before the colonies became independent. In the good old days sledging was virtually non existent .But once the colonies began to show greater skills in the game they had to level the playing field. But they were not able to match the "Social Skills" displayed by the traditional nations off the pitch.

    Today 80% of the world revenue in cricket is generated in India. Australia has lost its position although in relation to population size they are not doing too badly. The current problem is related to illegal betting which is legal in UK. Yes corruption has got into cricket just as it has go into many aspects of our lives. Trying to get rid of it in Indian cricket will require global changes in that word "corruption" and in this regard the so called early birds are being disingenuous by just focusing on Indian Cricket.

  2. Wah.. mate! You really walked me down memory lane. My late father was a cricketer. At dinner he would always talk to us about the sport. His great heroes were Sunil Gavaskar, Viv Richards and Ian Botham.

    My father had worked in England for a few years, and once, he brought my mother and me to The Oval to watch a test match between England and India. I think India lost the test by less than 10 runs.

    I can remember he said that if India had won that match, the whole of India would get crazy as if there was a successful mutiny in their struggle for freedom. Yeah, perhaps ‘It’s not cricket’... just.

    - hasan

  3. Anwar Ibrahim doesn't play cricket....wakakakakaka

  4. Competitive sports seems to be invented to encourage and promote aggressiveness in preparation for war (?). In the past (when might means right and if you have a stronger army you could just sashay over other national borders and conquer those countries and make them your own and nobody dared confront you simply because you are militarily stronger) this would have paid off handsomely but certainly not so easily done in today's world.

    Perhaps it's time to bury competitive sports because it engenders aggression, hostility, and divisiveness. In other words, competitive sports is destructive and divisive and ought to be sidelined in today's world. Instead something else should be found to take its place -- something that will foster the spirit of cooperation, friendship, and peace.

  5. I hate cricket.....wakakakakakaka