Crisis is a word that’s over-used in journalism. Still, it’s fair to say, cricket – one of the world’s most popular sports – is now in a crisis: a credibility crisis. In the last two months, more and more of the sport’s biggest players have been banned from competing, or warned, all because they are deemed to be bowling illegally. Saeed Ajmal, a 36-year-old off-spin bowler with over 400 international wickets to his name, is now sitting on the sidelines, banned indefinitely. Last weekend, Caribbean player Sunil Narine was stopped from playing one of the most lucrative games in World Cricket, the Champions League final in India. He’s since been dropped from the West Indies national team. To put it all into perspective, the recent decisions against Ajmal and Narine are about the equivalent of banning Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi from taking free kicks, because they are doing it the wrong way. If it happened in football, there would definitely be rioting in the streets. Not surprisingly, cricket’s governing bodies around the world are getting angry; fans are confused and commentators are starting to doubt literally every bowler they see. It’s not pretty to watch, especially just ahead of… Read full this story
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