Aussie Pawar play irks Indians

The Aussies have won their first Champions Trophy in India, but the manner of their celebrations hasn’t gone down well with the hosts.

The Aussies were given their trophy by Sharad Pawar, president of the BCCI. Mr. Pawar is a respected politician in India and apart from being head honcho of the Nationalist Congress Party, is also Indian agriculture minister. In their eagerness to pose with the trophy and get on with the celebrations, Ponting allegedly pointed for him to leave, while Damien Martyn nearly pushed him off the stage.

The incident was captured on TV, and therefore the whole of India saw it. Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar and other greats have condemned the action of the men from Down Under, saying that it smacked of disrespect. This is a black mark in what was otherwise a very good event for the Aussies. They probably didn’t realise who Pawar was, but even then respect should atleast have been shown to a man who awards you the trophy.

This comes in the aftermath of Darrell Hair’s dismissal and therefore it is quite clear that everything is not hunkydory between Cricket Australia and the BCCI. Voting from the subcontinental bloc effectively resulted in Hair’s removal, and the ICC decision was criticised by James Sutherland.

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