Wednesday, February 23, 2011

PONTING SHOULD BE CHARGED WITH A LEVEL 1 OFFENCE

Might once again get away without punishment
It is all over the news that Ricky Ponting reportedly smashed the glass of the LCD TV in the Australian team's dressing room after watching the replay of his run out dismissal during their first World Cup 2011 game against Zimbabwe on February 21, 2011 at Ahmedabad.

We all know that this is not the first time that Ponting has been involved in an act that is not worthy of a sportsman, let alone the captain of the three-time defending champions! His most recent tryst with ICC's Code of Conduct was when he was involved in a heated argument with Aleem Dar during the Ashes 2010-11 after the third umpire upheld the ground umpire's decision to rule Kevin Pietersen not out. He was fined 40% of his match fees back then... a punishment too light, in my opinion.

But the media reports suggest that Ponting might well get away with his glass-breaking act this time. Reports state that Ponting apologised for this incident and claimed that it was an accident and not an intentional act of smashing the glass on the TV set. The Australian media manager has also claimed that the glass has not been shattered, but just a corner of the screen has suffered a blackout due to unintentional impact with Ponting's box, which flew up to the screen as he threw it into his kit bag.

Whatever the case may be, the possibility that Ricky Ponting will get away with his apology is a depressing news to hear. I have never been a fan of Ricky Ponting's behaviour on the cricket field... and even though this act came in the dressing room, it was a direct result of what happened in the field.

I will be very surprised if eventually, Ponting escapes with no punishment for his act. Ayaz Menon tweeted that while ICC may be able to frame codes to regulate the players' conduct on the field, there isn't much that can be done for what happens in the change rooms. But he is wrong here.

Level 1 Point 1.2 offence in the ICC Code of Conduct is defined as "Abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings."

Isn't the television in the dressing room a part of the ground equipments? Matthew Hayden had been charged with this offence and fined accordingly when he had broken a piece of glass in his team's dressing room after his dismissal during the 5th Ashes Test at Sydney in January 2003. Why isn't Ponting being charged with a similar offence?

At the risk of sounding like a frustrated Asian ranting out against the Aussies, I have to pose a question for the readers to ponder - had Sreesanth broken the glass of the LCD TV in the dressing room after his bad spell of bowling against Bangladesh and then apologised, would he have been let off?

3 comments:

Govind Raj said...

Exactly...

Sree has been so badly mauled by our own people and Ponting goes Scott free. What a shame !

What level offense ? Ponting will not be charged even if he murders both Umpires and then the match referee in public. He will be given benefit of doubt.

And Sree will be admonished by his own Captain for singing in the bathroom !

Your place of birth does matter a lot when people set out to decide the quantum of offense !

tracerbullet007 said...

Well, no matter how much the ICC fines Ponting, he is not gonna change...so I guess thats the reason for the indifference!

Shridhar Jaju said...

"Ponting will not be charged even if he murders both Umpires and then the match referee in public. He will be given benefit of doubt."

Govind, you have managed to make me chuckle even after I have written a 'serious' article. LOL!

@tracerbullet007, I'll again use the same analogy. Sreesanth has so far never showed any indication that he is going to stop his antics on and off the field. He may be tempered down now... but so is Ponting, as compared to his earlier version! But if Sreesanth were to have done something like that, would the ICC have been indifferent to him?

SAVE OUR TIGER!