Innovators all (from left)… Salman Butt, Andrew Symonds and Shane Warne © Getty Images
Salman Butt, Andrew Symonds and Shane Warne have got inspired by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge rage sweeping the world, and have come up with their own challenges to do their bid to make this a better world. H Natarajan has more on their innovative challenges.
Please note this is a humour article — work of pure fiction
Lies Bucket Challenge
This is the brainchild of Salman Butt, the Pakistan captain who was jailed in Britain for his role in spot-fixing in 2011. Speaking from Lahore, Butt explained what it was all about: “The months that I spent in jail helped me do a lot of introspection. I saw the Ice Bucket concept sweeping the world and I thought here was an opportunity to do my bid to make this a better world. I wrote each lie I have spoken about fixing in cricket in a piece of paper, folded it and put it in a bucket. I then poured the bucket of lies over my head and then nominated Mohammad Asif, Mohammed Aamer and Saleem Malik to take up the challenge.”
Failure to take up the challenge would mean having to pay up $500 to a fund that will pay tutors to help raise the IQ level of Alia Bhatt. “Al [Alia Bhatt] almost shares the same surname. Moreover, ‘Al Lies Bucket Challenge’ has a nice ring to it as it is sounds so close to ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!”
The video of Butt’s effort was posted on his Facebook page. Among the first people to hit the like button were Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja.
Lice Bucket Challenge
This challenge is the pioneering effort of Andrews Symonds. The name is a bit misleading because there are no lice in the bucket.
Symonds was relaxing in Bondi Beach after surfing in the seas when we reached him on telephone to know about the challenge he conceptualised. “You see, I used to have matted locks at one point of time. When you have that kind of hair-do, it is not possible to take head bath every day,” Symonds said. “As a result, lice started building colonies in the locks. I realised my folly and then went shaved my head clean. I was watching Ishant Sharma bowl in England recently and I thought his long hair is a haven for lice. My own experiences and watching Ishant made me realise that it is better to be bald than have long hair. It this thinking what made me come up with the idea of Lice Bucket Challenge. This challenge is primarily for long-haired men who pour anti-lice shampoo in a bucket and pour over their head.”
Symonds set the ball rolling by starting the process and asking Ishant Sharma, his team-mate from Deccan Chargers days, Lasith Malinga and Chris Gayle to take up the challenge.
The challenge is to not just to pour the anti-lice treated water over the head but also to cut the long hair short or go bald. Failure to do so would mean paying $500 towards the Barbers Relief Fund — a global trust started to look into the welfare of barbers who are suffering financial losses because of people like Ishant Sharma.
Vice Bucket Challenge
This is innovation of Shane Warne. This challenge is with a difference; the spin legend calls its ‘confessions outside the church’. It’s is somewhat similar to Salman Butt’s idea, but with a slight difference. While Butt wrote his admittance in chits that he threw in the bucket without revealing what was written in it to anybody, Warne said his idea of coming up with this challenge was one of repentance, social responsibility and helping wayward people turning a new leaf.
“What I did was to one by one confess publicly my wrong doings and put them each on a sheet of paper which went in the bucket. This is my idea of a bucket list and I hope I can inspire people to be on the right track,” explained Warne.
The bucket was full with a litany of confessions ranging from cheating his wife, his text messages to women, his take on the diuretics controversy which led to a ban, tryst with bookmakers and many more.
“It takes guts to come clean, which I have done with this challenge and I now nominate Sonia Gandhi, Sharad Pawar and N Srinivasan to take up the challenge.”
There is no penalty for not taking up the challenge. Warne explained: Of course, they won’t take up the challenge! But in my challenge, the penalty for not taking up will be paid by the public. Anybody and everybody who thinks the person named is guilty can pay a token amount towards a designated fund. There is no upper limit to how much anyone can pay. The idea is that you pay as much as you can, depending on how serious you view their crime. I’m damn sure we will raise more funds than the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!”
(H Natarajan, formerly All India Deputy Sports Editor of the Indian Express and Senior Editor with Cricinfo/Wisden, is the Executive Editor of CricketCountry.com. A prolific writer, he has written for many of the biggest newspapers, magazines and websites all over the world. A great believer in the power of social media, he can be followed on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/H.Natarajan and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/hnatarajan)