Are we expecting too much from our cricketers?

Vintcent van der Bijl, the newly appointed ICC official in charge of umpires, defends the standard of cricketers' behaviour. He says we are disappointed with their behaviour because we expect too much from them.
'There is huge pressure on them to be role models. I do believe that the general public want from their sports stars, the perfect human beings. Supporters expect players must have tunnel vision and be driven to absolute perfection in their specific art, yet be balanced and broad in their worldly views."
Put this way, I agree with him. I believe we are harbouring unrealistic expectations.
Is it right to expect them to behave when a majority of us fail to do so?

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Blogger Ravindran said...

They r geting more than they deserve. JUst see whether the lowly paid other sportsmern behave so rabidly. The EPL footballers also behave in the same way for the same reason. Also u will find that those who r new to the team behave well till they become established and feel their place is secured.Just go back to the days when some of these rude guys were humility personified( all of them would have been described as unassuming and gentle) when they made their debut This may sound a bit strange but I think this is true.

06/09/2008, 14:57  
Blogger Ottayan said...


Your point about financial security and arrogance is well made. I agree with you.

06/09/2008, 15:14  
Blogger Straight Point said...

if you want to know the real character of a person...

give him power...

06/09/2008, 15:30  
Anonymous scorpicity said...

Good behaviour on the field or while at work is a must. Everything else outside can be as they please. Imagine if we walk into our IT offices, drink a beer and say we are going to the movies... our bosses will grill us... this is no different.

I do not appreciate BCCI putting their head into incidents which happen while not at work... like the praveen kumar bar brawl, sreesanth hotel incident etc. So there is a point.

06/09/2008, 16:13  
Blogger Ottayan said...


Absolutely true.

06/09/2008, 16:50  
Blogger Ottayan said...


Undoubtedly the players have to behave well. What he is saying is that we consider them as demi-gpds and hence end up disappointed.

06/09/2008, 16:52  

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