Cricket has developed over the years. From the style of batting to the format of the game, the sport has seen a lot of changes as it progressed to emerge as a global sport in the world. Now, after more than 100 years of cricket ICC has come up with another major change. The ICC on Tuesday introduced the concept of ‘Red Cards’. In a press conference in Dubai, ICC announced that while wrongdoings in the field till level 3 will be dealt according to the ‘ICC Code of Conduct’, all offenses under level 4 and above can be subjected to a red card. “Threatening to assault an umpire, making inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with an umpire, physically assaulting a player or any other person and committing any other act of violence all constitute Level 4 offenses,” ICC clarified. The rule will come into effect on September 28.While this may help to make the gentleman’s game more peaceful, let us look at some instances when a red card could have been issued in the game before.
Steve Waugh might be a star player but when you are batting against the 6 feet 7 inches tall Curtly Ambrose, you should not abuse or say foul worlds. Playing in West Indies in 1998, Waugh forgot this thumb rule. What followed was a sight of the Australian captain almost getting beaten up if it was not for Curtly’s teammates.
During the 2011 World Cup, Pakistan must have felt superior while playing against Canada. But when they crossed the line and started making fun of Balaji Rao’s beer belly, they were stuck in awe. The Canadian fired a series of abuses and kept on it as some professional in the field of swearing. It was only after the umpire gave a warning did he stop.
Rahul Dravid is one of those cricketers who probably re-defines the meaning of the gentleman’s game. But when it’s an India –Pakistan match, anything is bound to happen. During the Champions Trophy match between India and Pakistan on 19th September 2004, there was a fight between Rahul Dravid and Shoaib Akhtar. Akhtar unable to get Dravid back in the pavilion started abusing him after almost every delivery. What happened next was completely unexpected. Instead of walking away, which is his usual reaction, Dravid walked up to the bowler to find out what was bothering him and gave him a mouthful.
He is known as the captain cool. He is known to never lose his calm and for his ice-cold nerves. But the Commonwealth Bank Series in 2012 turned out to be an exception. Playing against Australia, M.S had appealed for stumping Mike Hussey. The third umpire had presented a wrong decision and declared Hussey out only to recognize the mistake and call him back. This made Dhoni furious and it was visible how he walked up to the umpire and argued pointing fingers.
Sourav Ganguly takes off his shirt and spins it at LordsEvery game for him was a war, which he had to win. Ganguly had never known to give up. Playing the final of the NatWest series against England at their home ground in Lords in 2002, India was set to an impossible task to score 325 runs (300 runs in ODI was rare then). Ganguly not only gave India a good opening start but also took off his T-shirt and spun it from the dressing room after India had won.
While it may not be a batsman’s fault that he gives away his wicket in a run-out, one does make peace with it. But for Matt Prior, it wasn’t a part of the game. Prior stomped off the ground after a mid-pitch misunderstanding with Ian Bell during the second Test against Sri Lanka at Lords in 2011. The end result was that the calm serenity of Lord’s was shattered, as was the window of the dressing-room. Shards of glass flew down and landed among the spectators seated below, injuring one woman.
Inzi has often been involved in sledging and made fun of because of his physique. But playing India in Toronto in 1997, Inzi lost his cool. A spectator had been comparing him to several kinds of potato on a megaphone. Inzi not only assaulted the spectator but an eyewitness has said that a cricket bat was brought out by the Pakistan team's 12th man, Mushtaq Ahmed, who then waited at the boundary with the bat. Inzi was later arrested by the Canadian Police.Guess, the red card will come in handy.