Strangest paragraph I have read today
Justin Langer, writing in the BCC in support of stump mikes being turned off so that what is said between cricketers on the field….stays on the field:
Cricket is a non-contact sport so in the heat of the moment words are often exchanged between different players. This is part of the contest. Players are passionate and emotional and at times this turns into a battle of wits and words.
The first sentence is especially intriguing – how does it follow that words are exchanged because cricket is a ‘non-contact’ sports ? Are fewer words exchanged in contact sports ? Conversely, do badminton players or lawn tennis players (other non-contact sports) exchange words in the heat of the moment (well, you do if you are John McEnroe)? I am not expecting much in terms of literary value from a cricketer, but some logic and sense please ?
This whole controversy was rekindled recently when England coach Peter Moore’s reaction to the boorish manner of English sledging was the bizarre request to have microphones turned off. Its like suggesting the solution to a spate of bank robberies as getting rid of the banks (or money)!
For the record, I would love to hear the ‘passionate’ banter and the battle of words that go on in the field – as the paying public, I have every right to. They don’t have to air it live, but I would not want to miss out on the brilliant pieces of mind games, such as Matt Prior asking an Indian batsman: ““I’m driving a Porsche Carrera; what’s your car? (source“)