New Delhi: Disgruntled Indian cricket fans on Thursday slammed Australian captain Steve Waugh for backing the decision to punish superstar Sachin Tendulkar for alleged ball tampering.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
"Those living in glass houses should not be throwing stones at others," a livid journalist said during a television discussion on the incident, which has caused uproar in India."He has no moral right to speak when he can't control his own players." Indian fans believe Australian stars like Michael Slater and Glenn McGrath went unpunished for on-field misbehaviour during the last home series.
"When Indian players are prevented by Law from speaking out, or appealing against the verdict, how come Waugh has the right to talk on the subject," one caller asked in the same programme."Aren't Australians governed by regulations or are there different rules for different people," the caller said.
Waugh, a staunch cricket traditionalist, applauded the decision to punish Tendulkar for ball tampering, saying it showed the International Cricket Council (ICC) was no longer prepared to tolerate on-field misbehaviour.Fans are convinced that Tendulkar, regarded as one of the game's finest batsmen and who enjoys demi-god status in cricket-mad India, was unfairly treated.
"None of the umpires said the ball was tampered with, so where is the problem?" A participant in the programme said."Sachin's fault was that he wiped the mud off the seam behind the umpire's back, but surely that does not deserve a fine. He should have at best been warned considering his clean image."Even the South Africans have said the Indians were harshly treated."