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1932/1933: Bodyline, England v Australia: In an effort to nullify the world’s greatest batsman, Australian Don Bradman, England employed a tactic that came to be known as ‘‘bodyline’’. The bowlers would target the batsman rather than the wicket, and the outrage it caused in Australia following injuries to many of its batsmen threatened friendly relations between the two countries.

1947 – Pakistan v India

For many years following the partition of India, games between Pakistan and India had to be played at neutral venues due to crowd trouble. In recent years, the games have been labelled ‘‘the friendship series’’, and fans have joined together in displays described as ‘‘cricket diplomacy’’.

1977 – World Series Cricket: battling the television networks

Australian multi-millionaire Kerry Packer signed 51 of the world’s leading players and established his own competition in defiance of the International Cricket Council.

The move was ultimately successful in wrestling television rights from ABC, Australia’s publicly-owned broadcaster, and modernising the game.

1980s – The rebel tours

During the 1980s, players from England, Australia, Sri Lanka and the West Indies toured South Africa, in defiance of the international ban on sporting contact with the country due to apartheid.

All of the players involved in the tours received lengthy bans.

1990s – Match-fixing

The captains of South African (Hansie Cronje), Pakistan (Saleem Malik), and India (Mohammed Azharuddin), were banned for life after a match-fixing and illegal betting investigation. Two Australian players, Mark Waugh and Shane Warne, were fined for providing inside information to bookmakers.

2003 – Zimbabwe

Two Zimbabwean players, Andy Flower and Henry Olonga, wore black armbands during the 2003 World Cup in protest against ‘‘the death of democracy in Zimbabwe’’. The Zimbabwe Cricket Union, headed by Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe, subsequently faced allegations that it had introduced a racist policy banning white players.


February 17, 2009 Posted by | Cricket Controversy, Sports Controversy | Leave a comment