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Monday, January 7, 2013

Shane Warne fined after ugly spat with Marlon Samuels in BBL

They call it ‘playing the game hard’ ~ in the process they bully, foul-mouth their opponents, perfected the art of ‘sledging’ ~ but cannot accept others being aggressive……. Some ugly scenes at BBL ~ have heard of BPL [Bangla Premier League] after Indian Premier League [IPL]…..  BBL is the Australian domestic T20 tournament – the KFC T20 Big Bash League  which has replaced  the previous competition, the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash.  Instead of the six state-based teams which had previously competed in the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash, now there are 8 with each state's capital city featuring one team, Sydney and Melbourne featuring two. They are: Adelaide Strikets, Brisbane Heat, Hobart Hurricanes, Melbourne Renegades, Melbourne Stars, Perth Scorchers, Sydney Sixers & Sydney Thunder.

The news is that Shane Warne has been suspended for a match and fined $4,500 after being found guilty of three of the four misconduct charges arising from his Twenty20 Big Bash clash with West Indies allrounder Marlon Samuels. Warne was sanctioned following a hearing but was considering an appeal against the ban which rules him out of the Melbourne Stars’ must-win match against Sydney Thunder on Tuesday.
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It is reported that the  West Indies all-rounder and former Australia Test spinner had a heated verbal altercation before Warne threw the ball and hit Samuels on the arm, accidentally he later claimed. Samuels reacted by throwing his bat down the wicket in the general direction of Warne and the umpires were forced to step in to restore order. Cricket Australia (CA) found Warne guilty of three offences but not guilty of a breach of the rule that forbids throwing "the ball at or near a player or official in an inappropriate and/or dangerous manner".

Shane Warne later stated that he is disappointed with some of his actions but was also disappointed at the severity of the penalties. Marlon Samuels, who has been charged with two offences, ended up on the winning side as the Melbourne Renegades beat the Melbourne Stars to clinch a home semi-final in the Big Bash league in front of a record crowd of 46,681 at the MCG. His evening came to a painful end, however, when he top-edged a Lasith Malinga bouncer into his own face and left the field with a suspected fractured eye socket. Samuels has been the subject of controversy in the competition already this season when Darren Lehmann, coach of the Brisbane Heat, questioned the legality of his bowling action.
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The 43-year-old Shane Warne was found guilty of making “inappropriate and deliberate physical contact” but was cleared of deliberately throwing the ball at Samuels in an inappropriate or dangerous manner. Earlier, Warne reportedly had tugged at Samuels’ shirt at the end of an over during the Renegades’ run chase.

Marlon Samuels is a sprightly cricketer who can deliver one fast, very fast for a spinner ~ his action had been called as suspect earlier but had been cleared by ICC.  If your memory is good, he was the champion player in the finals of T20 which WI won at Sri Lanka in Oct 2012.   At a time when  the die-hard Caribbean fan would not have backed himself when Windies were trotting at..  it was an exhibition of patience, resilence and teambuilding – Marlon stood tall among the ruins as one batsman after the other came and went.   Gayle failed, so did Pollard – but the man possessed Marlon Samuels took on the best of Lankan Bowler the Slinga Malinga in a fashion that none has done so far.  After halfway, West Indies had made a paltry 32 for 2 off 10 –  Marlon Nathaniel Samuels, made all the difference scoring – 78 ; due to which  WI in the  last nine overs scored 99. Lasith Malinga went for 54 in his four overs, which is the most runs he has conceded in a Twenty20 international innings.

When last heard, the top-placed Melbourne Renegades  were looking at replacing allrounder Marlon Samuels with another overseas player if a suspected serious eye injury ends his Big Bash League campaign. Whether that is brought about by the injury alone, is not known !

Described by Wisden as "one of the most undignified incidents in Test history",the clash between Lillee and Pakistani batsman Javed Miandad occurred during the first Test at Perth in 1981. Miandad turned Lillee behind square for a single, and in completing an easy run, he collided with the bowler. As Lillee turned to go back to his mark he maintained that Miandad struck him from behind with his bat; Miandad countered with the claim that Lillee had kicked him as he passed. In the onfield spar, Lillee moved menacingly towards Miandad, who lifted his bat above his head as if to strike him.  Lillee in another match came down with an aluminum bat… In 1979, Lillee had a spat with Sunil Gavaskar who clearly struggled in that tour.  In the  third and final Test in Melbourne, Gavaskar was playing well was struck on the pad, Lillee ran towards the batsmen and gesticulated to the umpire showing his pads. Umpire Rex Whitehead famous for his howlers declared him leg before the wicket when there was an inside ege.  Gavaskar pushed Chauhan along and but for the intervention by Team Manager almost surrendered the match

With regards – S. Sampathkumar.

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