Shane Warne ensures he stays in the news by getting himself involved in cricket a good six years after his international retirement. However, his activities have been laced with controversy much to the delight of his critics, who don’t miss out on a chance to slam him. In the process, he also embarrasses his supporters, who can never stop marvelling at his leg-spin and captaincy skills. Warne is a legend in the game and his antics eat away at what he has been able to achieve on the field. Invariably, he finds himself in trouble through his foul temper that some, and himself, misconstrue as cricketing passion.
Sure, a sportsperson’s mental make-up differs from the other, but behaviour can never be compromised upon. What Warne did on Sunday at the Big Bash Twenty20 tournament was not akin to a bowler showing his disappointment. He got physical. Warne abused his opponent, West Indian all-rounder Marlon Samuels, pulled his shirt and also threw the ball in his direction. Samuels’ behaviour was ugly too when he threw his bat towards Warne.
The Australian admitted going over the top and expressed his disappointment for whatever happened on the field. However, it was disappointing to hear that he felt that his punishment was too harsh when he should have merely hung his head in shame and owned up to his ‘crime’.
Cricket Australia was quick to hand a stiff fine and a one-match ban, but that will not be enough to save cricket from the ugliness. Any player taking the physical route should be banned for a series of matches just like the BCCI did when Bhajji slapped Sreesanth in the inaugural edition of the IPL. The Aussie administrators could take a cue from their Indian counterparts instead of ridiculing the IPL unjustifiably at times.