Friday, February 01, 2008

'Civility' in cricket is a thing of the 50s, says Ponting

I guess Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting is trying to give a official burial for Decency in Cricket field. He has ignited another controversy by saying the public must not judge modern cricketers by the "civil and gentlemanly" standards of the 1950s. quoted Ponting as telling Fairfax Radio "I think one thing that a lot of people overlook is that we are not playing cricket in the 1950s and a lot of people I think are still living in the 1950s. It's now a fully professional game. It's not a game of just going out there and having a bit of a bat a nd a bowl and having a laugh and giggle with the opposition. This is fully fledged international sport played by fully professional athletes and we are trying to do the best by the game and by the Australian public and the on-field umpires and everyone involved in the game,"

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