(Idrees Hussain, Dubai) / 20 May 2012
The gentleman’s game, cricket, is in a new trouble zone. Not only are players rapidly getting involved in controversies, so is the case with many of the patrons.
The Shah Rukh Khan controversy at the Mumbai stadium and the full-blown reaction that it got from cricket officials has just proved that there are many hidden aspects, and big money and bonanza events have stolen the spirit and decency from the game.
Earlier, cricket used to be a game and people enjoyed it by virtue of its merit, and of course personal likes and dislikes on the basis of nationalism. But now it is transnational and only favouratism is the criteria. On and off the field, it is ethnicity, religion, race and colour that are seen as benchmarks for lauding a player. I’m sure the kneejerk reaction that the superstar got in the form of expulsion from stadium and an unwarranted ban of five years for entering the stadium merely goes on to prove that it’s too much of politics and emotionalism at work. One hopes cricket merely remains a game and not a kung fu stunt.
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