Last Sunday's cricket game between the National Team and the Expats has now gone into the Police records. I reported the incident in my article: Malaysian cricket "Prima Donnas". I said that it was not an isolated incident but rather it was brewing for sometime. Subsequently I also wrote: "Wearing many hats" - MCA's Executive Secretary. Here, I indicated the multiple conflicts that may arise when a person is holding 3 p0sts. I related the article to the last Sunday's incident.
Today, the local media has reported that the concerned Umpire had made a Police report against the Malaysian National coach, a former Sri Lankan Test cricketer. Of late hockey had grabbed the necessary headlines and now it looks like cricket is following suit. The good thing is that it has nothing to do with allegations of match fixing. Still, it is a Police report and the issue of culpability is a key matter. Now it seems sports is also keeping the Police busy.
What is sad is that the Police report could have been avoided or delayed, provided time was given for MCA to act. The problem is that everyone wants an expeditious solution however sufficient time was not given. A letter sent to MCA on Tuesday, does not mean a resolution must be found by Thursday. At least 7 to 14 days must be given to MCA to set up an a Panel to investigate.
On the other side, MCA had also created a scenario that it was an isolated incident and that unnecessarily gave the impression that nothing would be done. The Vice President was made to eat his words when the concerned Umpire circulated the letter addressed to MCA. I understand that the letter has made its way to ICC, ACC, Sri Lanka Cricket authorities and various other parties. The extent of circulation must have checkmated the Vice President of MCA. I think he is lost for words.
Cricket is known as a "gentleman's game". Like Rugby, it creates excellent comradeship and a gathering of the old cricketing stars is a delight to watch. Yet now it seems the traditions in cricket have been completely lost. It has become a "hooligan's game", at least from what had taken place last Sunday. It is all about National players, National Coach, National Manager, a National Umpire and a National Vice President. Mind you, it cannot get bigger than this in Malaysian sports!