Part 1: What's good for the goose.
I was at a sportsman's night a few years back where the after dinner speaker, Mike Whitney, recalling a Game at the WACA, accused the Pakistani wicket-keeper, Saleem Yousuf, of heckling him while at the crease and finally calling him a "white cvnt". At that point Whitney told him to fvck off, but not before the umpire had noted the exchange for further action.
Whitney joked about how, at the subsequent hearing, Yousuf said, through a translator, "I couldn't have. I can't speak English." The protest was dismissed. Then outside the hearing he laughed at Whitney.
Now, as we all know, Darren Lehmann was suspended for calling the Sri Lankan's a bunch of "black cvnts. Pretty tasteless, but he did do it in his own dressing room and was not addressing any player directly. Then when confronted with his misdeed, owned up and apologised.
So, it will be interesting to see what comes of the following exchange from last night's game that occurred between Rashid Latif and Adam Gilchrist. When Rashid was about twenty you could hear him say something to Gilchrist, but it was hard to make it out exactly what he said, although it was clearly some kind of sledge.
What WAS easy to make out though, was when Gilchrist went over to square leg umpire Asoka Da Silva and said "He just called me a white cvnt."
Following Gilchrist's complaint, umpire Da Silva went over to the other umpire, David Shepherd, and said something to him at which point Shepherd pulled a card out of his pocket and wrote something down.
While this was going on you could hear Gilchrist and Rashid chipping away at each other in the back-ground. Ironically the Match Referee was Clive Lloyd.
I wonder if there was any official report made, and if so whether Rashid pleads the Yousuf Defence. I haven't heard anything yet. I'm waiting.
Part 2: Cupdate Update
Just heard via the wireless. He just got pinged. Rash was rash! Now for the lash!
Part 3: You Read It Here First.
A recent report from that hard hitting forum of modern sporting journalism, the AGB Picayune, noted that:
Nice irony that with Sarth Efrica needing eight an over for the last 20 overs, one lost due to a slow over rate would have such an impact. I guarantee that, total idiocy aside, no other side in this World Cup will make the same mistake.
Well, in contributing a segue of astonishing punctuality, those top-shelf combustapsychos, Pakistan, once again imploded. In doing so they proved they are the total idiocy juggernaut of world cricket. After a promising start it was all downhill:
- Rashid Latif gave White Mischief an altogether darker complexion by calling Adam Gilchrist a naughty word. What's more, in keeping with sledging tradition he coupled it with another naughty word that rhymes with sexpletive.
- After Andrew Symonds had intimately acquainted the crowd with the ball, Wacky Younis twice intimately acquainted Andrew Symonds with the same ball. Subsequently David Shepherd intimately acquainted Wacky with a Yellow Card.
- Just to prove my succinctly made point, Pakistan were penalised for a slow over-rate.
Obviously there's some truth to the rumour that as part of their training regimen, they watch this film.