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As observed last month, Indian cricketers waved flags (in the manner of rabid nationalists!) following their victory over Australia in Perth. It’s taken until today for noted nationalism opponent Peter Roebuck to record his feelings about this:
The sight of Harbhajan Singh running on the field in Perth brandishing an Indian flag was unacceptable.
Careful, pal. He is the head of a family and responsible for raising nine people, after all.
I get the feeling Roebuck dug himself a hole with over the top criticism of Australia after the Sydney test. Realising this he is trying to recover some sort of consistency of thought in the face of behaviour by India that is similar or exceeds that for which Australia was upbraided. In the process he is making himself sound like a complete idiot.
In other ‘Indian unacceptable’ news, this just in regarding Britain’s only Indian bishop – Dr Nazir-Ali:
Bishop of Rochester under police protection after receiving ‘death threats’ for criticising Islam.
The Bishop of Rochester is under police protection after receiving death threats following his claims that parts of Britain are ‘no-go areas’ for non-Muslims.
You’ve just come back from a cancer operation and you’re still moaning about Roebuck?
The last column by Roebuck on the matter castigated the Indians and Harbhajan Singh in particular for threatening the integrity of World Cricket and that isn’t enough? What’s he supposed to do, throw bricks at the Indian tour bus?
Oh and Cashew spare me the comments about Roebuck being a Pom. He’s an Australian citizen and proud of the fact.
That whole article which you took one line out of was a castigation of the behavior of BCCI as well as Singh in particular. I remember Roebuck singling out Singh for criticism for his part in the race row in the first place.
I note that Punter has been on his best behaviour since the Sydney Test, which suggests that the Australian selectors certainly made it clear their displeasure even if they publicly supported their man.
There is a massive imbalance in the game caused by India’s domination of the financials of world cricket. Even Sri Lanka is dependent on India to even run a Test cricket side as SL cricket is basically bust.
With the money pouring into the Indian Premier League and retired players suddenly dusting off their pads for one last paycheck, the last thing World Cricket needs is India abandoning the Tour, because it would cost Cricket Australia a fortune.
But, the behaviour of the BBCI will come under scrutiny for what it has done.
Meanwhile, the first ODI showed that the Indians were pitiful and Australia steamrollered them for 75 runs. Now that’s more like it!
It wasn’t an ODI – it was a 20/20 matchPosted by aussiemagpie on 2008 02 02 at 10:02 AM • permalink
- Posted by eeniemeenie on 2008 02 02 at 10:09 AM • permalink
and i agree with Ash- there’s nothing wrong with him ‘brandishing’ the indian flag, it’s his attitude that’s he problem- and roebuck’s sanctimonious drivelPosted by eeniemeenie on 2008 02 02 at 10:12 AM • permalink
“it’s his attitude that’s the problem”
Calling someone a motherf***er after they call him a faggot?
Seems pretty reasonable to me.Posted by AlexanderH on 2008 02 02 at 11:16 AM • permalink
The furious back-peddling by Spanky continues. Funny what a few weeks of being shunned by the industry you rely on for your living will do for your perspective.Posted by AlphaMikeFoxtrot on 2008 02 02 at 04:08 PM • permalink
God, this is going to go on all day, isn’t it?Posted by mr creosote on 2008 02 02 at 04:35 PM • permalink
20/20 is a joke. A win or a loss signifies nothing.
Nobody will remember whether or not a game was even played in a month’s time, much less who won.
It is a grubby money making exercise and I cringe with embarrassment watching normally technically proficient batsmen swinging wildly like drunken beach cricketers and field placings that look like they were thought up by an Afghan camel driver.
I can live with it being played at club or even State level, it sells the beer and makes a dollar at the gates, but “International 20/20”? FFS.
P.S. Stop digging, Spanky.Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2008 02 02 at 09:08 PM • permalink
- Posted by MentalFloss on 2008 02 02 at 09:10 PM • permalink
I like to stay (relatively) polite and not vent toooo much, but I’d just like to take a moment to say that Peter Roebuck is a bloody moron.
What a load of condescending tripe.
How about he stop fellating the Indians and start writing about the bloody game for a change?
Better yet, how about he just bugger off and shut up for a change.
I’m not a huge cricket fan, but even I knew the names of the greats. I’d never heard of this blowhard until this blew up.
Spanky, the tribe has spoken. You are hereby voted off the island.