> "Sledging"is acceptable to many. The thinking is players should be able
> to ignore such nonsense and concentrate on what they are doing be it
> batting or bowling. In a similar vein why can't "Excessive Appealing" be
> accepted to. Umpires at this level should also be able to ignore this
> and concentrate on their job.
One reason would be that it detracts from the game, whereas sledging goes
largely unnoticed. The umpires are not a third team competing in a match.
Surely anything done with the intent to unsettle or pressurise them beyond a
reasonable extent is wrong. When someone is screaming in your face every
other ball I would say it becomes difficult to ignore and concentrate on the
task at hand.
> Also if the intention of the "sledger" is to disturb the
> concentration of the opposing player so as to induce him to make
> mistakes why shouldn't such a tactics used against the umpires be
Because players aren't waging a war against the umpires! They are supposed
to be neutral officials who oversee the running of a match. If players are
to compete against the umpires then the umpires should have the right to
take action against a player they don't like. This could be done by simply
giving him out. It would be the ultimate form of revenge. And for a bowler,
all an umpire would have to do is keep calling no ball... The point being it
is ridiculous to create a players vs umpires situation.
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