Thursday, February 09, 2006


The recent success of Pakistan has made most of the players and ex-players of that country more expressive. Inzamam, is someone who is not known for his verbal skills. But the dismissal of the Pakistan captain in the first one-dayer has prompted a reaction.

Inzamam was declared out for obstructing the field. It is interesting to note that he was involved in a similar incident in the test series with England. In the match at Peshawar, Inzamam was well out of the crease and so there was justification for the appeal of the Indians. At this rate, all batsmen would make an attempt to stop the ball, thereby, surviving runouts. For someone so experienced, it makes little sense to blame the opposition for conduct unbecoming for a sportsman. If Inzamam is conscious of upholding the spirit of sportsmanship, then he should not cry over spilt milk.

Moin Khan is another who is afflicted with the severe case of verbal diarrhoea. He is in no position to talk about sporting spirit. Was there a sporting conduct with the Younis Khan appealing for bad light when the equation was in their favour?

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