In the game of cricket there may well be reason enough for West Indians to believe that they have been particularly unfortunate. Perhaps no one West Indian cricketer can be held up in this regard as Brian Lara who, on far too many occasions was adjudged out by umpires, only to have the commentators pose major challenges to the decisions taken.
Lara has been held aloft for his outstanding sportsmanship in so far as he held fast to the rules and walked on the elevation of the dreaded finger.
In the One Day International in St Vincent and the Grenadines on 25 June, Dwayne Bravo of Trinidad and Tobago was penalized for standing his ground after being given out by the presiding umpire and walking off shaking his head seeming in disapproval. Such are the rules of the game that they have all agreed to play.
Fair play may at times pose major challenges to all involved but that is the way it is.
Umpires are not infallible and it is easy to say that we should readily allow technology to take charge. But often, this is only a temporary stance we wish to adopt in haste. Once the technology makes an error we would just as eagerly call for its removal.
It is unfortunate that following the bottle-throwing incident at Arnos Vale there were some so-called sporting enthusiasts who thought that it was all about cruel justice. They argue that the Australians have lived a charmed life in cricket often being given the benefit of the doubt by one umpire after another. These cricketing pundits therefore seem to believe that the Australians had it coming to them.
Such a stance cannot be condoned for it is worse than having taken up a bottle to join the distasteful and disgusting fray at Arnos Vale.
Problems are not solved by violence. Who were the bottles being thrown at? The umpire? The Australian cricketers?
Who were they targeting as being responsible for the demise of Sammy?