The Ponting push. A Srinivas
Australian captain Ricky Ponting pointed his finger at Pawar and then the rest of his mates literally nudged the BCCI President down the dais as they celebrated their maiden Champions Trophy triumph in Mumbai on Sunday
BCCI President Sharad Pawar was not only nudged off the dais by the Australian cricketers but also addressed as ‘hiya buddy’ by one of them during the Champions Trophy presentation ceremony in Mumbai.
This was disclosed today by legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar who was also present on the stage on Sunday night.
Arrogant and rude (Daily Telegraph)
AUSTRALIA’S bad boy reputation has surfaced again with senior players accused of rudely snubbing India’s top cricket official in front of millions of television viewers.
Cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar has led a chorus of criticism after Australian batsman Damien Martyn grabbed Indian cricket board president Sharad Pawar to nudge him off stage during the Champions Trophy final presentation.
MUMBAI: The nudging of Indian Cricket Board chief Sharad Pawar by the Australians during the Champions Trophy prize distribution ceremony evoked sharp criticism today from Sachin Tendulkar and former cricketers who described the behaviour as “unpleasant”. ”
Cricket Australia on Tuesday promised a probe into the nudging of Sharad Pawar by its players whose conduct was deplored by Sunil Gavaskar who disclosed that the BCCI President was addressed as “hiya buddy” by one of the team members.
HERES THE LATEST UPDATE ON THE ISSUE: AN APOLOGY
However, the Australian media reported on Thursday that both the players had offered to apologise to Pawar.
A remorseful Ponting tried to contact Pawar at least a dozen of times, but all his efforts went in vain, The Age reported on Thursday.
“I’d like to think not, I think the public have probably had an opportunity today to have a look at the incident (on television footage),” he said at the launch of his 2006 Captain’s Diary.
“I hadn’t seen it until this morning myself. It doesn’t look great on television, but I think the more times you look at it, you probably realise that there’s no intent to offend anybody,” he said, adding, “we all probably got a little bit caught up in the excitement of the moment.
“That’s why I think it is so important for me to be in personal contact (with Pawar) and if there is anything lingering on to get it sorted out as quickly as we can.”
Martyn also offered an apology to Pawar for the behaviour. “I did not mean to offend him and I apologise if I did so,” he told Sydney-based Daily Telegraph