Indian speedster Ishant Sharma was fined 15% of his match fees for his "exchange" with Aussie Andrew Symonds. Who is to be blamed for the Sharma-Symonds fracas??
The onfield umpires second.
The captains third.
Symmonds the instigator fourth.
Sharma the respondent finally.
Symmonds, even if he claims he only appreciated Ishant, did not look like one. He only a few days back said there is no place for friendship and camaradrie in a cricket field. So, obviously he is lying.
Moreover Ishant has been his bete noire during the present series, having dismissed him a few times.
Ricky ponting had no business to guide the umpires into act what is their sole perogative.
Dhoni should have responded likewise - asking the umpires to go in for the replays and take a decision.
Jeff Crowe should have called both players, captains, umpires and see the replay and asked exactly what was said and then sorted out the issue.
Ishant is just in his first year of international cricket, while Symmo is well a few years into it. So, being a senior, the instigator, he should have accepted 75% of the blame ...more
The following options should be considered by BCCI to control the situation from escalating :-
FIRSTLY, Ensure our own players remain restrained, and send flowers to the Aussie team, including the instigator, with a request that they improve their language and behaviour both on and off field, and similarly to the match referee to improve his supervision of players behaviour on field.
Secondly, include a clause in the IPL to penalise bad behaviour by fining the defaulting aussie players from their contracted fees. For example, the Hayden behaviour should immediately attract a penalty of 50 % of the amount bid for him in the IPL!!
The amount so deducted should go towards the development of other sports in the country, such as hockey or football.