Jun

17

 What is the reference to the famous cricket match where a bowler was up for the last pitch and bunted the ball. They protested "this isn't cricketlike" thereby insuring the win?

Rocky Humbert responds: 

From the preamble of the Rules of Cricket:

"Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its Laws but also within the Spirit of the Game. Any action which is seen to abuse this spirit causes injury to the game itself. The major responsibility for ensuring the spirit of fair play rests with the captains."

I find Vic's reference somewhat amusing as I daresay that Ayn Rand might find the rules of cricket an antithesis to the notion of unchecked self-interest. Too, I wonder how differently the world would look today if finance (and other industry) participants cared about the protecting the "spirit of the game."

Kora Reddy writes: 

At the other end of the spectrum there is Mr. Walsh. I haven't watched chappels incident on tv live, but this 1987 world cup moment is still fresh in my mind almost 30 years later.


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  1. Rob Kitchen on June 17, 2016 4:53 pm

    Here’s the link.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underarm_bowling_incident_of_1981

    Cricket is all about The Spirit of the Game. Especially for the English!

  2. Tom Adshead on June 17, 2016 11:57 pm

    I think you are thinking of the underarm incident. This was a game between New Zealand and Australia, where New Zealand had to score a six off the last ball. A six is where the hit goes over the boundary full toss. The Australian captain instructed his bowler to roll the ball along the floor, to make it impossible to hit a six..

    This was much criticized and will almost certainly never happen again.

  3. Jure Bulog on June 24, 2016 8:59 am

    That famous match which I think you are referring to happened in Feb 1981. It was a match between New Zealand and Australia. It was the last ball of the over and NZ needed 6 runs to tie. The NZ batsman would have had to hit the ball out of the oval ground, like a home run to win. Pretty difficult. Greg Chappell the Australian Capitan panicked and instead of bowling the ball in the normal fashion he bowled it underarm, (The rules were changed after this match) making it impossible for the New Zealand batsman to score the 6 runs to tie the match. It went down in cricket history as one of the most un-sportsman like decisions to ever be made. And never does a Kiwi ever let a Aussie forget it.

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