Monday, February 1, 2010


"Perhaps he didn't appreciate the lunch he was given in Australia." This is what Greame Smith had to say on Afridi's ball - biting act in Sunday's nail - biting finish at Perth.

Michael Jeh, a cricket writer based in Brisbane remarks, "Shahid Afridi’s actions today rank right up there with Dumb and Dumber."

Kamran Abbasi, arguably Pakistan's most reputed cricket writer hits the nail on the head. "We saw the daft side of Afridi, his ill-disguised bite of the cricket ball, a white and rather scruffy cherry. Pakistan were in with a shout, Afridi leading impressively, but he never looked the same after his appetite got the better of him and he was reprimanded by the umpires."

Pakistan's coach, Intikhab Alam, also seemed clueless. "It just happened, probably he was eating an apple you know."

Former Pakistan captain, Inzamam-ul-Haq, pondered, "What Afridi did was unacceptable and more worrying is the fact that he was captain when he tried to tamper with the ball. He didn't do any good service to Pakistan cricket with his actions. The match referee Ranjan Madugalle has been kind to Afridi, giving him just a two-match ban or else Afridi could have been in bigger trouble."

But what did Afridi himself have to say about his act? "I was just trying to smell it, how it is feeling." How do you smell with your teeth? I remember vaguely from my early school science lessons that tongue assists in smelling activities. Was that Afridi's intention?

A lot has been said and heard on this issue already. A lot more is still to come. Though Afridi has admitted that he is embarassed by the situation, I doubt this is the last bit of stupidity we will see from him on the cricket field. Burp!

1 comment:

Aditya said...

Just a quick thought, I think what Afridi did was ok... first of all the Kookabura ball has no seam and well he used his teeth, other use their saliva so what's the big deal!!