Monday, August 28, 2006

Waqar and the curious incident of the scuffed up ball

Waqar Younis is one of my favourite cricketers, a practitioner of a rare skill, and yet unbridled in his aggression with the ball in his hands. Unlike the archetypal demon fast bowler, Waqar didn't get bagfuls with wicked bouncers. It was all about swing, and then some reverse swing to top it off. Indeed, the reverse swing was a key weapon that helped unlock more than a handful of internationals. But I have an easy feeling about the whole thing. Why is that Waqar has been involved once too often in ball tampering incidents? He was actually officially penalised - at least once - for such means in the later stages of his career. He is the Pakistan bowling coach now. Does someone have more insights into this? The ICC, unfortunately, is pretty adept at sweeping scandals under the carpet. I propose a novel solution to discourage ball tampering. Players found to have scuffed up the ball will have their testicles similarly damaged. I keed, I keed. But even if I could come up with a radical solution, it wouldn't matter because it seems the game has already accepted this practice as something only insiders know. - NK

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