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Hang The Law

Ganguly is guilty as far as the ICC code goes. But does the code go too far in killing the spirit of the game?

Hang The Law
Hang The Law
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Clive Lloyd, poacher-turned-gamekeeper, probably knows more about time-wasting than any other modern cricket captain. When he led the battery of West Indies fast bowlers in the '70s and '80s, he managed to slow down the game to such an extent that sometimes only 11 overs were bowled in an hour. It hastened legislation that now ensures a minimum of 90 overs per day.

As match referee therefore, it is conceivable that Lloyd sees the error of his ways as skipper and is keen to spread the gospel. It is often that way with reformed wrongdoers. In his defence a generation ago was the fact that his bowling comprised in the main four fast bowlers who sometimes took as much as a minute to complete a single delivery. It wasn't a pretty sight, and deprived the spectator of the entertainment he had paid for.

There was no one in the Indian team in the match against Pakistan who took nearly as long; but Lloyd knows as well as anyone that the law is the law is the law. He gave Indian skipper Saurav...
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