When Team India covered itself in glory | Sports | Times Crest
Popular on Times Crest
  • In This Section
  • Entire Website
  • Courting the closet
    July 6, 2013
    Is it only in team games that men fear being ostracized if they reveal they are gay?
  • Lebron, born again and again
    June 29, 2013
    He may lack the grace of a Michael Jordan, but the lumbering LeBron James is a champion of the people.
  • Double fault by man, ego
    June 29, 2013
    What was it that caused Roger Federer to exit this year's Wimbledon in such feckless fashion?
More in this Section
Profiles
Leaving tiger watching to raise rice Ecologist Debal Deb, who did his post-doctoral research from IISc in…
The crorepati writer He's the man who gives Big B his lines. RD Tailang, the writer of KBC.
Chennai-Toronto express Review Raja is a Canadian enthusiast whose quirky video reviews of Tamil…
Don't parrot, perform Maestro Buddhadev Dasgupta will hold a masterclass on ragas.
A man's man Shivananda Khan spent his life speaking up for men who have sex with men.
Bhowmick and the first family of Indian football At first glance, it would be the craziest set-up in professional football.
From Times Blogs
The end of Detroit
Jobs in Detroit's car factories are moving to India.
Chidanand Rajghatta
How I love the word ‘dobaara’...
Can ‘bindaas’ or ‘jhakaas’ survive transliteration?
Shobhaa De
Anand marte nahin...
India's first superstar died almost a lonely life.
Robin Roy
Sport

When Team India covered itself in glory

|



MS DHONI PLAYS HOOKEY

The print media boycotted Mahendra Singh Dhoni's postmatch media conference after the Indian captain kept the press waiting for over an hour after India's eight-wicket loss to Sri Lanka last weekend. During this period, Dhoni was seen playing football with the members of the Indian team at the Rangiri Stadium.

According to the ICC procedure, the two captains should address the media within half-hour of the prize distribution ceremony. Indian team manager Ranjeeb Biswal, who was also playing soccer as a goalkeeper, told media persons over phone at about 8.20 pm: "We have time till 10.15 pm (when the match was supposed to be over officially). Dhoni will be there in five minutes."

WADA, YADA, YADA...

About a year back, Dhoni & Co rejected the contentious Whereabouts Clause in the amended World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) code as they thought it was "unreasonable".

Backing its players, BCCI refused to toe the WADA line because it felt that the clause infringed on the players' privacy.

The ICC promised to look into it. WADA pushed its luck again when they asked the ICC to convince its member boards to accept the clause by November 2009 but it didn't materialise. The matter is more or less resolved with the ICC approving revised rules from WADA and BCCI expressing its satisfaction.

MONKEYGATE AND STEVE BUCKNOR


In 2008 Sydney Test, Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds accused Harbhajan Singh of racial insult. The match referee Mike Procter handed the off-spinner a three-Test ban which was challenged by the BCCI.

The Indian board chartered a plane to take its players back home if the appeals court didn't rule in Singh's favour. In the same Test, BCCI also complained to the ICC about poor umpiring by Steve Bucknor and asked for his removal.

Eventually, Justice John Hansen cleared Harbhajan of the racism charge and instead charged him with abuse and insult - to which the spinner pleaded guilty and was fined 50 per cent of his match fees. Bucknor was sacked from the Perth Test.

DENNESS THE MENACE

The 2001 Summer Spice Series between South Africa and India turned messy when the ICC Match Referee Mike Denness, at the conclusion of the second Test, found six Indian players guilty of various offences: Sachin Tendulkar of acting on the ball while bowling on the third day of the Test, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh Shiv Sundar Das and Deep Dasgupta for excessive appealing and skipper Sourav Ganguly for his inability to control his players' behaviour.

When asked the five Ws and H about the incident at a subsequent press conference, Denness refused to elaborate on his decisions.

The BCCI, then headed by Jagmohan Dalmiya, threatened to pull out of the tour unless Denness was removed as match referee. The ICC initially didn't accede to the BCCI's request but later declared the third Test as "unofficial" and classified it as a "friendly five-day match".

Reader's opinion (1)

Dexter Sep 27th, 2010 at 01:10 AM

Its money that translates to power and glory, for-that-matter.

 
Other Times Group news sites
The Times of India | The Economic Times
इकनॉमिक टाइम्स | ઈકોનોમિક ટાઈમ્સ
Mumbai Mirror | Times Now
Indiatimes | नवभारत टाइम्स
महाराष्ट्र टाइम्स
Living and entertainment
Timescity | iDiva | Bollywood | Zoom
| Technoholik | MensXP.com

Networking

itimes | Dating & Chat | Email
Hot on the Web
Hotklix
Services
Book print ads | Online shopping | Business solutions | Book domains | Web hosting
Business email | Free SMS | Free email | Website design | CRM | Tenders | Remit
Cheap air tickets | Matrimonial | Ringtones | Astrology | Jobs | Property | Buy car
Online Deals
About us | Advertise with us | Terms of Use and Grievance Redressal Policy | Privacy policy | Feedback
Copyright© 2010 Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. All rights reserved. For reprint rights: Times Syndication Service