Vicco vajradanti, and all that

The most amusing video you will see this year:

And just to prove that he is yet to reach the heights he is capable of, he later addressed the media on the issue:

“I shouldn’t have done it. It just happened. I was trying to help my bowlers and win a match, one match,” he told Geo TV, a Pakistan-based news channel. “There is no team in the world that doesn’t tamper with the ball. My methods were wrong. I am embarrassed, I shouldn’t have done it. I just wanted to win us a game but this was the wrong way to do it.”

In other words, it was clear and deliberate ball-tampering. So why, since the ICC is so big on escalating punishments for repeat offenses, is Afridi getting away with a two-match ban, considering what he has done before? Like, so?:

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17 thoughts on “Vicco vajradanti, and all that

  1. In other news,

    Bal Thackeray has strongly opposed this product endorsement, and has banned the sale of all Vicco products in Maharashtra.
    Raj Thackeray has gone one step further and has said that Ramesh Powar should be the brand ambassador. However, Powar only prefers SG balls. When Powar travels to Australia, he (like another spin legend) travels with canned SG balls in preservatives. Powar has also been seen keeping some pre-cut lemons in his pocket for extra-flavor.

  2. I was trying to smell it and see how it was feeling” – Shahid Afridi
    explains why he was biting the ball during Pakistan’s fifth ODI
    against Australia. When the man interviewing him, Peter Walsh,
    suggested that “teeth are not used for smelling”, Afridi rejoindered:
    “Sometimes you can do.” Afridi then asked Walsh to stop asking so
    many “negative questions”.

  3. for a repeat offender the punishment is very light.
    For some reason, everybody handles Pakis and Pakistan with kid gloves.
    And stuart broad and james anderson should also have been punished.

  4. Prem, the link for the first video is not working.
    This dumb man who tries to pass off eating a cricket ball for smelling a drop of perfume, who thinks that he will dance on the pitch and nobody will take notice including the cameras, is wanted by Shahrukh Khan for IPL. Good riddance I will say.
    And should not PCB install a program for their captains, training them to remember cricketing rules? Remember Inzamam who was clearly out obstructing the field in an ODI later complaining that he did not know about the existence of any such rule.

  5. Interesting.. IN this case the Third umpire informs the on field umpires and ICC takes action and in case of Stuart broad and james Anderson They say no official compliant from South africa

  6. It’s funny,the first game he captains on this tour-he runs foul of the law,his mates who have been ganging against Yousuf,suddenly lift their game-he is called an inspirational captain and they want him to be the captain of the future- a guy who turns up once in a while.Maybe the curse of the subcontinent-falir over substance.

  7. Why did the umpires not add 5 runs to the Aussie total after they changed the ball? I thought the law was clear on that?

  8. Its plain wrong, but maybe ICC doesn’t want to create more problems for Pakistani Cricket. They have more than they can handle at the moment

  9. ”If [the match referee] wants to talk about it, I’ll talk about it,” Afridi said after the match. ”But I did nothing wrong. I tried to smell it.”

  10. “My method was wrong”! It’s like listening to an underworld mafia regretting wasting a bullet on someone since smothering with a pillow would have cost less.

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