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Australians indulge in Pawar play

The BCCI chief gets a taste of Aussie brashness, reports G Krishnan.

india Updated: Nov 07, 2006 11:48 IST
G Krishnan

On Sunday night, there was almost a diplomatic incident of sorts, though perhaps inadvertent, when BCCI president and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar was almost pushed off the stage by the Australian cricketers hurrying to grab the Champions Trophy from him.

Viewers watching the prize distribution ceremony on television, were treated to the sight just after television commentator Rameez Raja announced that it was "back to the studio" forgetting that though the other awards had been given, the Trophy itself was yet to be presented by Pawar to the champions.

However, in their anxiety to pose for the shutterbugs immediately after Pawar handed over their Trophy at the Brabourne, they nudged him off the stage.

Even given their aggression, would they have done the same in their own country?

It was a strange comedy of errors but one that should not have happened. Australian captain Ricky Ponting, after receiving the Trophy from Pawar, was seen showing the BCCI chief his way out to make sure he was not in the group picture.

Even as Pawar was about to go — he did not have any intention of staying on the stage and spoil Australians' party either — Damien Martyn, with his left hand on the trophy, put his right hand on Pawar's back to ensure that he was nowhere near there. In their moment of glory, the Australians seem to have forgotten basic etiquette.

Even while the rest of India's cricketing world said it wasn't quite cricket, Pawar himself said he did not want to make an issue of it.

"It was a small thing, a stupid thing. I don't want to even react." Well, what could the BCCI chief have done at that time anyway?