And they are at it again..!
..I don't agree with the punishment he got," Ranatunga said. "It
should be permanent. If you take ***, you should be banned for life.
That goes for all players, not just him.
"That's my personal opinion. The message should be strong so *** are
out of sports. There has to be a permanent rule for the future.
++++ Rohit Brijnath +++++++
..His faults have been of carelessness, and his belief that turning a
leather ball beautifully makes him unaccountable is a sin favoured by
elite sportsmen. They all say the game is bigger than them but their
actions often are to the contrary. But he was severely punished for
his pill swallowing, and he has done his time and no man should be
hounded by his past forever.
Australia needs Warne, and so does cricket, for no game has enough of
character and colour. He is that oddest of men, both hero and
anti-hero, both knight and villain, his foibles a delight for tabloid
headline writers yet his art so delicate and brutal that Wisden
anointed him one of its five cricketers of the last century. Few men
affect us so.
Cricket has tired of Warne's indiscretions but it is bellowing in
delight at the thought of his fine skills. The game has swung too
heavily towards batsmen, and too few bowlers have demanded our
attention. Spin itself has seen better days, for Harbhajan is
struggling, Muralitharan is constantly, and often unfairly, vilified,
and the stage is crying out for another performance from this blond
Shane Warne cannot afford to fluff his lines.