Friday, March 25, 2011


The Tigers dance at Chittagong as the English men are left stunned
Reported by Faisal Caesar

Navjot Singh Sidhu’s commentary is as attacking and aggressive as his batting was during his playing days. His commentary is tremendously irritating and while he gives his expert opinion on teams' performances, it tends to cross the limits of decency. And for which Mr. Sidhu had not been appreciated happily by many.
Sidhu is giving his expert opinion on Star Sports and ESPN show hosted by Harsha Bhogle for the ICC World Cup, before the start, in between the breaks and end of each matches. Participating with Sidhu, there are Ian Chappell, Tony Greig, Sourav Ganguly, Tom Moody, Patrick Symcox and many other ex-cricketers.

In that show, Sidhu gave some insulting remarks about the Bangladesh cricket team, for which Sidhu is being hated by all the Bangladeshis. A Bangladeshi cricket fan named Dipon sent an email to the ICC terming Sidhu as a “racist”. According to Dipon the comments which Sidhu gave regarding the Bangladesh cricket team violate the ICC’s code of conduct.
The ICC’s CEO Mr. Haroon Lorgat took Dipon’s email with importance and went through the video footage in which Sidhu gave his insulting remarks towards Bangladesh. Mr. Lorgat assured Dipon that the ICC had told Star Sports and ESPN to be careful in future. Mr. Lorgatt also sent this email to the BCB chief Mostafa Kamal and ICC’s MD, David Richardson.
So what did Mr. Sidhu say? On investigation it was found that before the match against the West Indies, while giving an explanation to Ian Botham’s comments, Mr. Sidhu gave an insulting remark towards the Bangladesh cricket team. Botham said that the Tigers were ahead of the West Indies in the race for the quarterfinals. Sidhu while giving his explanation said that both the birds and cockroaches fly but the cockroaches are not birds and he compared the Bangladesh cricket team with the cockroaches.
Dipon in his email said that according to ICC’s code of conduct rules any person insulting a nation or religion during an international cricket match deserves to be punished.
Lorgat in reply stated that the ICC had taken the matter with great importance and after investigation they had found the evidence of violation of the ICC’s code of conduct rules.
Perhaps the ESPN and Star Sports team too will take proper action on the matter and will try to get rid of such persons who have no sense of respect and gentleness.