But in any case, there is an urgent need to check this growing tendency to provoke the batsman through every fair or unfair means. Reacting to a big hit by the batsman with some kind of anger filled expression is pardonable, but indulging in verbal abuse attacking the dignity of a batsman should not be tolerated at any cost. The captains have got a very in important role to play. They can defuse the tension by remaining fair and by analyzing the behaviour of both the parties.
But the most crucial role lies with the umpire. By managing his powers in a transparent and judicious manner, he is supposed to promptly take a just and valid stand. He has to be firm and instantly warn the player crossing the line. Had the umpires done the same, the situation would not have gone out of control in the Jadeja-Anderson spat. The casual approach of the umpire of not using their powers has led to the deterioration of the situation.
There is also another vital issue of the attitude of non Asian players against Asian players. It is a well known fact that most incidents of sledging are seen during the Ashes between England and Australia, where their respective media also contribute a lot. But they do not carry such incidents too far and maintain cordial relations. But against India, Pakistan or Sri Lanka, the team management, the media, supporters and the administrators adopt all fair or unfair means to demoralize the players and the whole opponent team.
Thus, this appears to be high time that BCCI should take initiatives to amend the rules so as to prevent harassment by a few nations. The match umpires need to strictly impose their supremacy on the game and warn the players there and then. They need to make sure that no one crosses the line.
They need to
give strict remarks in their match report and the match referees need
to impose hefty fines and ban players. If these steps are not taken,
the gentleman's game will lose its image and interest levels will
reduce. Umpires' powers need to be strengthened if this issue has
to be solved. The players should be kept within control.
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