The cricketing fraternity is a small community who probably indulges in one of the longest field game, literally tortured by the weather, the outcries of players plus officials and the applause and groans of spectators. Such has been the "test" that players on retiring display a great strength of character and a good bondage of friendship among themselves.
As time goes on and with the very competitive nature of the game the comradeship that should arise is now part of history. A gentleman's game has given way to devious and rowdy approach. Stars of the game accompanied by senior officials have brought disrepute to the game. Yes! cricket cannot be seen in the eyes of conventional wisdom built on century or decades of cricketing spirit. The modern world which is extremely stressed out seem to have no room for such conventions. It is a "man eat man world" but yet Federal Territory Cricket Association (FTCA) seem not to have succumbed to such prevailing modus operandi.
FTCA in their game against Selangor should have decided the fate of FTCA as Champions of the MCA league. The game was interrupted by rain that dampened the spirit of a number of FTCA players. Decisions made by the Umpires did not go down well and certain FTCA players supported by a family member went into outrage. The best of "swearing" language and the "fits" of temper were in full display. Abuses in and out of the field was the order of the day.
To cut a long story short the matter was referred to MCA and not surprising the MCA Finance Committee had deliberated on the matter As to why, it is anybodies guess? Just an update, the family member who was involved in the outrage is a key official of MCA. Nothing unusual as MCA went on its usual business without making any sensational decision.
The only "flip flop" decision they made was first awarding the Championship to FTCA and then changing their mind. Why the change of mind, again it is anybodies guess? It is not strange but there is a general feeling that MCA's basis of operation is very "dynamic" i.e changes like the English weather.
Fortunately FTCA is made up of reasonable minded officials i.e lawyers, who are great subscribers to the virtues of cricket being a gentleman's game. They believe that players and officials must uphold that spirit and anyone who abuses it must face the "music". Therefore the 2 players from FTCA who displayed their outrage in the field had to face an Inquiry Panel. It would be interesting to note how many other Associations would have brought their own players to a Panel. A very brave and principle minded decision notwithstanding the fact they are key players. Bravo FTCA!
Moving on FTCA jointly with Royal Selangor Club (RSC) had flown in one of the the world's greatest bowler, Sri Lankan Muralitharan. His 2 to 3 days here and his exposure to the young kids plus to the Malaysian cricketing community is surely "cream ala cream" to the Malaysian cricket season. Just being around Muralitharan and having a closer look at his style of delivery is itself like "heaven" sent.
Surely these 2 events shows the level of commitment of FTCA to cricket. Why are they able to do it? Simply because they have the passion and want to do it the proper way. All this comes from the leadership and the people in FTCA. Well done FTCA !!!