Improper behaviours by players affect spirit of the game

Sachin Tendulkar, one of the game’s most respected personalities, had to sit in front of a jury along with his teammate Down Under due to the altercation between Andrew Symonds and Harbhajan Singh © Getty Images

Players should behave well on the field to avoid giving themselves a bad image and giving their team a bad name. Offenders are promptly pulled up by the the International Cricket Council (ICC) and their respective cricket boards.

 

There have been umpteen incidences of cricketers being involved in altercation with other players, be it with the opponents or their own teammates.

 

Improper behaviour on the field has not only created differences among the players, but sometimes the dispute got their cricket boards entangled into it. The altercation between Andrew Symonds and Harbhajan Singh during India’s tour of Australia in 2008, had lead to a rift between Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) and Cricket Australia (CA). Sachin Tendulkar, one of the game’s most respected personalities, had to sit in front of a jury along with his teammate Down Under.

 

Some simply don’t learn their lessons. Munaf Patel has been fined over and over again over the years for his offensive behaviour on the field. Even members from the coaching staff are also fined if they are found of breaching ICC code of conduct. Recently, West Indies coach Ottis Gibson was fined for breaching the ICC code of conduct when he hit out at the use of DRS in the ongoing West Indies–Australia series.

 

Cricket is a gentleman’s game, and players need to show the necessary decorum on the field to promote the fair spirit of the game.