"There’s no room for that in the international game.” These were the words of Australian captain, Ricky Ponting, as he spoke to one media source following the nasty bottle-throwing incident that marred an otherwise exciting day of international cricket at the Arnos Vale Playing field on Tuesday 24 June 2008.
The incident took place after the crowd in attendance adjudged St Lucia’s Darren Sammy not out while the umpire thought otherwise. The television replay seemed to suggest that the umpire’s decision was the correct one but the crowd would not have known and stood in defiance.
The dissatisfied crowd in the double-decker stand threw plastic and some regular bottles onto the playing area, seemingly unconcerned about the impact that it may have on the fortunes of the local cricket authorities who may well lose future matches. They were also oblivious to the fact that there was a no (glass) bottle policy in effect both at the level of the International Cricket Council and the local government.
When the crowd was finished the playing field looked like something of a small disaster area that had to be cleaned by the hardworking staff of the National Sports Council (NSC).
There are those who will admit that there is always a first for everything. The authorities in St Vincent and the Grenadines had never seen Vincentians, true lovers of sport, behave in the manner displayed on that fateful day, 25 June 2008. Once more we have created history although we may well be standing on the wrong side of it.
Some time ago it was the turn of the Bajans to throw just about everything they could lay their hands on into the Kensington Oval. Interestingly, the West Indies was battling against Australia, just as was the case in St Vincent.
The Bajan incident came about when, in hustling for a run, West Indian opener, Sherwin Campbell of Barbados, was hampered by an Australian player and it resulted in him being adjudged run out.