New Delhi: Have you lately noticed the struggle between the cricketers and the administrators around the globe? Shahid Afridi vs PCB, Simon Katich vs Cricket Australia and Chris Gayle vs West Indies Cricket Board, all parties have their stands and versions. But how's that going to help the sport? Trust me it didn't help and it won't help.
Take Pakistan for instance. Pakistan cricket's plight is not unknown to the world. Afridi was the only captain Pakistan had in the last couple of years who could produce some results amid various controversies, including the semi-final finish in the World Cup. And here he's now, fed up, retired from international cricket and fighting with his board to allow him play in the English county. After a prolonged tussle, he was given the permission but not without a hefty fine. The 'Boom Boom' Afridi was satisfied and showed no intentions of contesting it.
On the face, the problem's solved but what a loss to international cricket. Another sad end of a hero. Is it? Luckily with Afridi, or for that matter, Pakistan players, a comeback can never be ruled out. But that's not how the heroes must be treated. They deserve much more respect by their people.