The 3 man Inquiry Panel constituted by MCA had made its findings and recommendations to MCA about 8 weeks ago. Just as a refresher, this Panel was to investigate the incident relating to the National Coach from Sri Lanka, the National Captain and a National Umpire. This incident took place at a friendly match between the National Team and the Sri Lankan Expats. It was part of the warm up matches to prepare the National Team for the ACC Tournament.
I had written a number of articles on this incident particularly on the 3 man Panel. As previously indicated the Panel constituted of 2 lawyers and a former General Manager of MCA. Indeed 2 of the 3 were former Malaysian Cricketers and the other is an Organiser of the cricket section in a renowned club. I have maintained that their credentials are impeccable and they would do a good job. My reservation was on ethical grounds on closeness of one of the parties and also of a certain official in MCA.
While I am not privy to the report, I believe that the 3 man Panel had conducted themselves
properly without giving room for any innuendos. Their conduct is exemplary and I hope that it sets a benchmark for others particularly in MCA . As to my earlier reservation, I am unable to withdraw on the grounds that the principles in which it had evolved is still valid and continues to be part of most progressive society. At this stage all I can further add is that the Panel has done a good job.
I understand that the Panel found both the National Coach and the National Captain wrong in intruding into the cricket ground while the game was still being played. As for the Coach, I believe his subsequent action of communicating in writing to various other parties beyond MCA is not proper.I believe that the MCA Exco had reprimanded all 3 and further referred the National Umpire to the Disciplinary Committee.
The punishment for the National Captain may seem to be fair, although I am not fully informed of his past "brushes" with discipline. What seems a bit lop-sided is referring the National Umpire to a Disciplinary Committee and not the National Coach. The National Coach was a former Test player and now in the status of a Coach. He carries with him certain ostensible powers, very similar to that of the National Umpire. Since the National Umpire had abused that power, the same must be seen of the National Coach. Accordingly, the National Coach must also be referred to the Disciplinary Committee.
This is where MCA has messed the good work done by the 3 man Panel. It really shows the lack of wisdom in the decision making process of MCA Exco. Anyway, this whole matter with the MCA Exco does not come out well because too many persons have an interest on the matter. This, in a way, jeopardises the ultimate decision.