The Hitavada - - THE OPINION PAGE -

THE Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia (BCCI) has done well to re­call home delin­quent crick­eters Hardik P andy aand K. L. Rahul from the tour of Aus­tralia and hand them two-match sus­pen­sion for their com­ments on women at a talk show on a TV chan­nel. In­dian Cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli has very rightly said that he and his team­mates do not sup­port them and that though there may be some vac­uum in the com­po­si­tion of the team be­cause of the pun­ish­ment to the two play­ers, he is not un­duly per­turbed over their ab­sence be­cause there is much cush­ion for se­lec­tion.

For­mer crick­eter Harb­ha­jan Singh has quite rightly ex­pressed ap­pre­hen­sion about the wrong mes­sage the ut­ter­ances of the two young play­ers might give to up­com­ing sportsper­sons and the im­pres­sion they may con­vey to the peo­ple at large. Ha rb ha jan Singh is right in say­ing that this is not the team cul­ture and Vi­rat Kohli echo­ing sim­i­lar feel­ings for the delin­quent crick­eters “in­ap­pro­pri­ate” re­marks. The cap­tain and the rest of the team mem­bers have done well in con­vey­ing to the twoplay­ers that they thor­oughly dis­ap­prove of their man­ners. Ha rb ha jan’ s con­cern over peo­ple ques­tion­ing moral char­ac­ters of past crick­eters is quite un­der­stand­able.

Com­pet­i­tive sports is such a field that it does not al­low any way­ward be­hav­iour and that is the un­writ­ten rule. Sev­eral sportsper­sons have had to pay very dearly for their way­ward be­hav­iour, ei­ther on the field or off the field. Be­cause dis­ci­pline and un­flinch­ing com­mit­ment in sports is the core value. Hardik Pandya and K. L. Rahul have grossly vi­o­lated this un­writ­ten code by their com­ments and deeds off the field. De­serv­ingly they have been re­called back home from the on­go­ing tour. This may be un­prece­dented hap­pen­ing for cricket in In­dia but the of­fense has been so grave that they de­serve the pun­ish­ment.

Pandya and K. L. Ra hula re in their early days in Team In­dia. Hence they should have been more cir­cum­spect in their be­hav­iour and com­ments so as not to jeop­ar­dise their po­si­tion in the team. They are im­por­tant mem­bers of the Team In­dia and they should be more re­spon­si­ble. They could as well be part of the World Cup. But their delin­quent be­hav­iour could cost them dearly as the BCCI and the cap­tain have ex­pressed their dis­plea­sure in no un­cer­tain terms. It is their re­spon­si­bil­ity that the at­mo­sphere in the team is not mud­died due to the per­verse and ir­re­spon­si­ble be­hav­iour of the few. Hence there could be no re­grets over the sus­pen­sion of the two play­ers. In such cases prompt ac­tion is of essence. And the cap­tain and the BCCI acted with wel­come prompt­ness so as to send the right mes­sage to the play­ers.

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