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Boy O Boy , These are Bad Boys of Cricket !!!

Posted by celebrityphotosnews on June 6, 2009


Symonds is one of the best players to have played one-day internationals. However, he has also been in the thick of things when it comes to getting in trouble. In 2005, he was suspended for a couple of games just before their only ODI loss to Bangladesh. Symonds obviously feels Bangladesh aren’t worth his time as his most recent charge of indiscipline when he opted to go on a fishing trip rather than attend a team meeting ahead of the first ODI against Bangladesh on August 29, 2008.

Earlier in 2008, Symonds and Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh were the main characters in the ‘Monkeygate’ controversy that threatened to put an end to India’s tour of Australia. Symonds had complained during Australia’s tour of India in September/October 2007 that sections of the crowd at some venues were making ‘monkey gestures’ at him. Symmo has also been fined $3000 for sleeping and missing the team bus during a tour of the West Indies.


The ‘bad boy’ of modern cricket by a long margin, Shoaib Akhtar has a long list of off-field misdemenours. Akhtar became the second player to be banned on ball tampering charges in 2003, and later that year was banned for one Test and two ODIs for abusing South Africa’s Paul Adams. His on-field attitude was first questioned during Pakistan’s tour of India in 2004, and his fall from grace was complete in 2005 when he was sent back from a tour of Australia with a hamstring injury.

Akhtar along with fellow Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Asif was suspended by the PCB after the pair tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance nandrolone before the Champions TRophy in 2006. Though both players were banned by the PCB, the ban had to be revoked on appeal. Ironically, Akhtar’s next brush with infamy occured with he and Asif being the protagonists again. This time Akhtar was solely at fault as he physically attacked Asif before the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa, and as a result was pulled out of the Pakistani squad and recalled home.

On April 1, 2008 the ‘Rawalpindi Express’ was banned by the PCB for five years for violating the players’ code of conduct. However, a Pakistani court later revoked the ban, but said Akhtar would still have to pay the fine amount imposed on him by the Pakistan Cricket Board.


Warne, who finished his international career, being the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket, has had more than his fair share of controversies off the cricketing field. His list of misdemenours range from giving information to a bookmaker to bringing the game into disrepute and testing positive for a banned substance. Warne was sent home after testing positive for a banned diuretic just before the start of the 2003 World Cup, and was later banned by Cricket Australia for a year.

Warne has also been in the news for his personal woes, which include extra-marital affairs and the exchange of lewd text messages with multiple partners.

Harbhajan has come back from controversy strongly earlier as well, but the two controversies he found himself mired in 2008, must have tested his character to the hilt. First came the racial abuse controversy in Australia, in which Harbhajan was alleged to have abused Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds in Sydney. Though Harbhajan was initially handed a three-Test match ban, the decision was revoked on appeal.

The Indian off-spinner should have learnt a lesson from this close brush, but that wasn’t the case as Harbhajan slapped India teammate S Sreesanth after an Indian Premier League match. Harbhajan was not only banned for the remainder of IPL’s first season, but was also warned by the BCCI, which handed him a five-ODI ban, that the next breach of discipline on his part would lead to a life ban.

Earlier in his career, Harbhajan was expelled from the National Cricket Academy on disciplinary grounds; and in 2002 he was injured in an altercation with police outside the Indian team hotel’s in Guwahati.


Mohammad Asif along with fellow Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar was suspended by the PCB after the pair tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance nandrolone before the Champions TRophy in 2006. Though both players were banned by the PCB, it was later revoked on appeal.

Asif obviously did not learn from this experience and was detained at the Dubai International Airport for 19 days starting June 1, 2008, on suspicion of possessing illegal drugs. These charges were dropped by the Dubai public prosecutor on June 19, 2008, but Asif still has to face an Indian Premier League tribunal after testing positive for a banned substance during the tournament. The Pakistan Cricket Board has suspended Asif from all forms of cricket until the IPL tribunal hearing


Former South African captain Hansie Cronje went from hero to villain in 2000, when he admitted to having fixed matches as skipper of the side. As a result, Cronje was banned from cricket for life, and an application by the tainted cricketer to revoke the ban was later dismissed. Cronje died in a plane crash on June 1, 2002, aged 32.


Indian fast bowler S Sreesanth has made news more for his on-field histrionics rather than his performance with the ball. His run-ins with Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds are well known and so are his ‘pitch-breaking’ celebrations when he dismisses Australian batsmen. Sreesanth also stared down Australian batsman Brad Haddin, by going right up to the Aussie, during a one-day international between the two countries in October 2007.

Sreesanth has also been officially fined and reprimanded on several occasions. He has been fined by the International Cricket Council for breaching its advertising logo policy, and also for “conduct contrary to the spirit of the game” after sending off Hashim Amla after dismissing him. Sreesanth came under fire during India’s tour of England in 2007, where he bowled dangerous beamers to Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood. He was also fined half of his match fee for deliberately shoulder barging England captain Michael Vaughan while walking back to his mark in the same Test at Trent Bridge.

In April 2008, Sreesanth was slapped by India teammate Harbhajan Singh after an Indian Premier League match, which led to the latter being banned for the rest of the IPL as well as five one-day internationals.

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