What happened in Sydney Cricket Ground was not a case of bad umpiring, but a case of shameless dishonesty. There was a definite bias against the Indians in favour of the Australians. The game was never played, it was framed. Ricky Ponting was seen raising his finger, giving an Indian batsman out, rather than the umpire. It is astonishing that this could happen in an era of neutral umpires and modern technology.
The controversial umpiring and imposition of a three-Test ban on Harbhajan Singh is proof that the Aussies lack sportsmanship spirit. The Team India management should consider cancelling the tour. Our cricket fans pardoned the Aussies recently when they pushed BCCI President Sharad Pawar off the stage in a disrespectful manner.
Mukesh C. Gupta
Mahatma Gandhi was thrown out of a train in apartheid South Africa. Times have changed, but not the mindset. Harbhajan Singh is subjected to apartheid by a South African referee Mike Proctor. The partial judgment, ignoring the Indian version and accepting the Australian plea without any
evidence, is a case of apartheid.
There is a need to blacklist umpires who give wrong or biased decisions. India should return home instead of playing against an Australian team with more than 11 players.
A primitive mindset
Apropos of the report Indian males rear their ugly heads (January 6), by absolving the perpetrators of such shameful acts, we take ourselves back to times when women’s emancipation was a distant dream and masculinity was considered a superior trait.
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