The Stuart Broad-affair and the way his pears dealt with the scandal is a harsh reminder how morally bankrupt the game became in certain countries, including England.
It all started with incidents the previous day; and although it is probably only the beginning, it already casted a dark and diabolic cloud over the Ashes. It is clear that cricket will play second fiddle to controversy and gamesmanship in England, this summer.
Television umpire, Marais Erasmus made crucial decisions that went against England. According to evidence, mind you, Erasmus was right on both occasions.
The fact that hotspot was not available for the Trott-dismissal was not Erasmus’s mistake and his decision was based on what portions of DRS was available to him.
Snicko was inconclusive and showed one sharp line with almost nothing afterwards. It clearly indicated that Trott did not hit the ball, but the hardened and rounded bottom edge of his pad. If it was bat and pad the sound would have been more acute and snicko would have shown a flurry of sharp impulses that gradually petering out.
The point however is that the ECB and Andy Flower were so furious about Trott’s dismissal that they lodged a complaint with the ICC. Well actually Flower was so beyond himself with misplaced anger that his face took the vicious shape of his fellow countryman, Robert Mugabe.
Subsequently, Dave Richardson, on behalf of the ICC, apologised to the batter, the England team and the ECB; well, he basically apologised to everyone and sundry in England.
When Erasmus overturned the decision, a very strange, probably the first of its kind, thing happened: Aleem Dar threw his hands in the air and publicly disagreed with his colleague in the box.
If a player acted in that manner he would have received a steep fine and all types of warnings.
Around the world, everyone who plays the wonderful game of cricket, agrees that consistency it probably one of its most valuable assets.
The next day, Stuart Broad nicked the ball and was caught.
Now, here is the inconsistency.
The ECB lodged a complaint about the Trott-affair with the ICC, but failed to do the same in the case of the Broad-scenario.
Australian cricket has reason to be as furious about this incident as the ECB was the previous day; however, they will take it on the chin and refrain from tantrum throwing.
Aleem Dar made a massive mistake and, with his visible anger about the Erasmus-decision in mind, one wonders whether he apologised to Marais. The latter is too much of a gentleman to criticise Dar or make an issue of his humiliation by Aleem and the ICC.
Based on their reaction of the previous day the ICC discredited itself by not jumping on its bike as quickly, as they did with the ECB complaint, to issue an apology to the Australians.
More importantly, there is no indication that the ICC had a harsh word with Dar. Based on the entire affair Dar at least deserves a serious sanction. Will the ICC in fact sanction Dar?
Then there is Broad.
It is quite understandable that he stood his ground, but the visible pleasure he got from Dar’s mistake shows exactly why he is probably the most disrespected cricketer on the globe. Broad’s conduct was a showing of exactly what the game does not need. His reaction was sarcastic and filled with malicious intent.
Will the ECB sanction him, as it is not the first time that he brought the game in disrepute?
In the past Broad, on several occasions, even more than Jonathan Trott, claimed catches, that was not legal. Once again he acted against the spirit of the game. He bridged about every code of conduct and caused the game injustice.
A good guess would be that his coach and the ECB gave him a well-done-son pat on the shoulder and that the ICC will lack the moral credibility and power to put this brat in his place for once and for all.
Once again, the entire English cricket fraternity graphically illustrated that their obsession to win does not allow the game they invented to be referred to as one for gentlemen.