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From: "Jones" (
Date: Fri, 7 Aug 1998 11:30:59

While I agree that on the field behaviour should be monitored and subject to action, to force players to sign away basic human rights like freedom of speech is deplorable. The ICC and their rules are draconian to say the least and smack of the same kind of repression that the more corrupt regimes of the past have used.

The ICC tried to hide cheating and many other issues, by not allowing players permission to talk. (Lamb, Botham et al). They also protect umpires to as ridiculous extent. Sure it's a tough job, but if you are not up to it then get out of it. Bad decisions deserve criticism as much as good decisions deserve praise. Anyone should be allowed to criticise anyone else and if they take umbrage then they can take private legal action.

Finally, until the cricket authorities use the technology available to it's full extent, episodes like the Kitchen saga will continue, and the ICC will continue to be embarrassed. A solution could be as follows. If the umpire has doubts about the tricky decisions (catches) then he should always say not out and give his reason. If the fielding side feel that he was definitely incorrect, then the captain should have the right to make a third umpire appeal. However if the batsman is given out and feels he was not out, I.e. didn't nick a catch, didn't carry or got a nick before pad for a LBW, he should have the right to appeal too. No batsman will appeal if they are definitely out. And of course the umpire should have the right to call for 3rd umpiring opinions on any issue. Even Lbws! Sure a few minutes might be added onto the day's play, but in the end all anybody wants is the correct decisions to be made.

I feel Donald's comments on Kitchen were entirely justified and Referee Ebrahim's trite wishy-washyness codswallop.

If the ICC and cricket authorities carry on the way they do, one day there will be a player revolt, and the players will win, because without them the ICC doesn't exist. Already with the Australian's threatening strike action a precedent has been set.

From: "Sumed Marwaha" (
Date: Wed, 05 Aug 1998 08:58:33

I have been a follower of the cricinfo site for the past 2 years and I think that you are doing a wonderful job. Congrats and keep it up. I would also like to make a suggestion. Can you please include a weekly/biweekly cricinfo crossword or something similar for people like me who would like to spend more time at your site when there is no match being played. If there is already one, please let me know.

But anyway, thanks for all the information.

Wed Aug 5 14:12:39 GMT 1998
Message from (Anser Azim)

I was just dreaming what if Sachin plays base ball in American baseball league. He (Sachin) is in tremendous form and can hit any ball anywhere in the ground and of course out of the ground. I think he can hit Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, and Maddux out of the ground atleast once in three swings. Wow it will be a great fun if cricketers play baseball with that funny bat!!!

Tue Aug 4 13:32:54 GMT 1998
Message from (Gerhard May)

In a recent article sambo writes about red cards in cricket-or then giving the umpires more powers. He tends to be pretty doubtful of the card system. In professional cricket players can be and are fined,but what to do in the amateur game? A couple of seasons ago we had a card system going in our local league. The problem that had arisen was that players were abusing umpires.As a result the number of umpires willing to stand dropped considerably. On occasion first league matches had player umpires!!(the first league is the last league before provincial cricket in our case). Basically the way the card system worked was that an umpire would in his report on the match make mention if he felt that he was unfairly harrassed by a player/s. This player would then need to appear in front of a disciplinary board consisting of senior players and administrators. If found guilty he would receive a yellow card or depending on the seriousness of the offence a red. Usually a yellow led to a probation period and a second yellow to immediate one or two match suspension. Did it work? The answer is a qualified yes-umpires did not return to the game but at leastwe did not lose any more umpires !!!! The implications for the team can be quite severe if they lost a star player for a match or two due to ill discipline. The umpires also got their house in order as they felt some of the criticism was valid.So maybe it is worth considering as a means of discipling players at lowers levels but not at a professional level.

Tue Aug 4 10:58:47 GMT 1998
Message from (fred munasinghe)

Last Saturday (1 August 1998) I was at Lords watching Sri Lanka play Middlesex. Sri Lankan opener Marvan Atapattu (who later scored an excellent 100) was facing a bowler by the name of Batt. This bowler in one over bowled a bouncer which was dealt with by the batsman. A second was bowled immediately afterwards which missed the batsmans helmet by inches. The third consecutive bouncer hit the helmet and fortunately the batsman wasn't hurt. The umpire did nothing. The bowler after each delivery was snarling at the batsman.

This two-bit, second-rate, second-eleven bowler (Batt) should learn that there is a difference between being aggresive and downright arrogant. He was not much of a bowler but, he was arrogant. This bowler must realise that it was his privilage and that he should be honoured to be bowling at an internationl player of high claibre such as Marvan Atapattu. Those who saw his 100 will know what I mean. Marvan was a thorough Sri Lankan gentleman. It is unfortunate that this bowler Batt was not an English 'gentleman'

Sun Aug 2 09:48:49 GMT 1998
Message from (Pat Murphy)

Hi, Instead of having chat rooms which not all people can go to why not have like a message board where people can talk and discuss cricket things. I know lots of people who cant use IRC and wish to have a discussion about cricket but cant find anywhere to do it except which is not that great. So get one up and going please you will only benefit from it !!!

Sat Aug 1 09:07:48 GMT 1998
Message from (Sana Kazmi)

Shahid Afridi got a Pepsi contract! I luuuuuurve CricInfo .. keep up the good work, lads(and lasses)!

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