"Schizophrenic" behaviour means that there is a dual personality. Is this evident of Malaysian Cricket Association (MCA)? I ask this question because of the strings of "flipping and flopping" decisions they have made and in particular to the recent game between Federal Territory (FT) and Selangor.
This is not only related to the incident between the Umpires, FT players and a key MCA official but also the aspect of who won the game. A few days after the game, an MCA Committee decided that the game should be awarded to FT, notwithstanding the fact the Umpires had called off the match due to certain circumstances. For the story see my blog dated 3rd September 2008 titled: MCA - Lack of Professionalism.
Based on the initial decision, FT should have been the Champions of the National League. Then the "schizophrenic" behaviour of MCA came into play and they reversed the decision. As a result they became runners-up. Obviously MCA may have had their reasons but their "flip flop" action does not speak much of them. The 1st Committee that made the decision were all members of the MCA Exco and what is peculiar is that the Chairman of Competition Committee for health reasons requested a fellow Exco member to be the acting Chairman. Yet, when the Committee met, he participated in it with the acting Chairman and the Vice President who is in-charge of Development.
Despite the presences of MCA "heavyweights" in the Committee, strangely MCA decided that there is a need to reconsider the matter. Strange as it may seem, MCA changed their mind and the overall results also changed. The question is WHY ?
Speculation on the matter points to the incident relating to the 2 FT players, the key MCA official and the Umpires. The FT players and the MCA official were conducting verbal assaults
on the Umpires when they made their initial decision on the match and thereafter the final decision. The onslaught of verbal abuses thrown by the FT Captain and a Senior player showed the total lack of sportsmanship and discipline. The matter became absolutely chaotic when the key MCA official also joined the arsenal of "verbal garbage" which they were directing at the umpires. I am told what was very shocking is that one of the Umpires is a full time staff of MCA. One wonders how this MCA official can face the staff as he had humiliated him and his colleague.
People who were present felt that the other FT players were "dumb founded" while the Team Manager was in a state of shock as though he was shot by a "stun" gun. Any visitor to the field that day must have gone back thinking that cricket cannot be a gentleman's game.
Days later despite the Umpires' report and the Team Managers' report, MCA had the audacity to discuss the matter at the Finance Committee meeting. I wonder whether this was done because MCA was looking at what liabilities they have to face for the ugly behaviour of their key official. The only explanation is probably MCA have strange ways of doing things. Whatever it may be the initial information was the whole matter had been resolved and that is the end of the story.
Fortunately or unfortunately, Federal Territory Cricket Association (FTCA) is made up of professionals i.e lawyers and their conscience dictates that the whole fiasco at the ground needs to be investigated. FTCA felt it was only proper an inquiry be held and I think this must have shaken the backbone of a few people including the MCA official. It is about this time that MCA decided to review their earlier decision on the game. At the same time the issue of the FT players and Umpires was also being revisited by MCA. Why the sudden change of mind by MCA?
Anyone who had been following what has been happening in MCA over the last year would realise that the philosophy of "I scratch your back and you scratch my back" is the way things are done in MCA. FTCA seems to have departed from it notwithstanding the fact that the MCA official has very close connection with most of the FTCA office bearers. This is the price FTCA has to pay for the professional basis of running their Association including having to tolerate the "flip flop" decisions relating to the national league.
FTCA must be admired and congratulated for doing the right thing. They are bringing order and discipline to the game rather then allowing it become a "cancer" to sports. I salute the officials of FTCA and I hope others would take a leaf from FTCA's book and follow suit.