Getty Images (Representational Image)
Getty Images (Representational Image)

A friendly match between two hostels in Patna turned hostile. Boarders from Iqbal and New hostels, while playing cricket, got violent in Patna College over a minor issue. A report in telegraphindia.com, the altercation took place when two hostellers attacked each other with wickets and bats. There was swift action from the police that averted a major situation.

Station house officer (SHO) of Pirbahore police station Gulam Sarwar said: “A massive clash between two groups was averted because of prompt action from the police deputed on the campus. No FIRs have been lodged from either sides in this connection.”

Cricket was never a gentleman s sport. On-field altercations were perhaps more prevalent over a century back. Matches were definitely fixed during England s 1881-82 tour of Australia. Ted Pooley fixed a match in 1873. Alfred Mynn, the Lion of Kent , was involved in 1842. And way before that, in 1751, Old Etonians and England played a match that drew a wager of 1,500 plus side bets totalling 20,000 .