Spirit of Cricket called into question
After the initial burst of controversies between different players and teams involved in the inaugural Indian Premier League, there seems to be more in store in terms of outburts.
This time it is the Rajasthan Royals yet again creating a rumble, with a spirited plea and the accused now is another skipper from the opponent team -- Delhi Daredevil's Virender Sehwag.
The controversy spurred after a run-out appeal against Rajasthan Royal's Shane Watson was turned down by the umpires officiating in a match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur on Sunday (May 11). Virender Sehwag was however, adamant that the run-out should be referred to the third umpire, as replays suggested that Watson was short of the crease.
Speaking over the issues, Fraser Castellino -- Media Manager, Rajasthan Royals said, "This is happening for the second time and all captains have signed a declaration of keeping to the spirit of the game. This is unfair and not done. We will raise this issue with the IPL."
Virender Sehwag however, made it clear that it was an umpiring goof-up for which he had to urge the guardians of the game. He said, "Because in the 8th or 9th over, we were told there was no coverage and that we cannot refer to the third umpire for replay. I don't know what time they got back the coverage and the third umpire didn't tell the onfield umpire about it."
However, Rajasthan skipper Shane Warne decided to mix humour, though his intent was to put a point across. He said, "I don't want to talk. I am scared of my 10% fee (all smiles)." Warne went on to add, "Lets forget it, I don't want to talk about it. Fraser has made it clear and I am just happy the we won the match and played it in the right spirit."
Irrespective of this verbal volley, the question that remains unanswered yet is who is to be blamed? Is it the organisers, the umpires or the players themselves. Some more spirited queries is likely to bring out an answer.