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    Red Cards in Cricket?

    In the current Pakistan v England Test at Faisalabad, most people will know that Shahid Afridi was caught scuffing up the pitch and was subsequently suspended for one Test and two ODIs. These laws have been around for a long time, and, have been applied almost as severely as possible. But in this circumstance, Pakistan have gained an advantage that applies to the current test, and no matter how long Afridi is banned for, the damage in the current game may affect the outcome of the entire series. If Pakistan were to win this test, due to Kaneria and Afridi getting exaggerated turn out of the damaged pitch, then will Pakistan mind if Afridi cannot play in the final Test, since the series may be already decided?

    Pakistan must be punished in the current test, so I propose 'sendings off', as seen in virtually all other team sports. At the end of the second day, the match referee (Mahanama) could have suspended Afridi for two ODIs and one Test, and removed him from the current game. Pakistan would have been reduced to 10 batsmen and fielders, and would then be at a great disadvantage due to the poor conduct of one of their players. This would both punish the team in the wrong, and dissuade players from acting as Afridi did. Maybe a crime as bad as Afridi's could be an automatic 'red card', while lesser offences (excessive appealing, gesturing when give out), could be 'yellow card' offences, which could cumulate throughout a match/series/players career.

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    Heaven forbid
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    They were discussing it on Sky, wouldn't work. Cricket and football are two different sports and should be treated as such.
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    No.

    Football has a single on-field referee who is considered to be the sole arbiter.

    Most cricket decisions based on behaviour such as Afridi's Bolero are made after careful consideration by the match referee at the close of play, generally following a meeting with the people concerned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luckyeddie
    No.

    Football has a single on-field referee who is considered to be the sole arbiter.

    Most cricket decisions based on behaviour such as Afridi's Bolero are made after careful consideration by the match referee at the close of play, generally following a meeting with the people concerned.
    Then perhaps the match referee could adjudicate a 'sending off' at the interval after the matter is brought to the attention of the umpires/match refereee

    I am nor for or against the idea, I am merely interested in the views of others

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    Didn't Billy Bowden give Glen McGrath a yellow card or something because he was going to bowl a ball underarm. I think that could have been the Twenty20 match with New Zealand against Australia earlier this year.

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    we have yellow cards in our comp as of this season, 1 actually got given a few weeks ago. you get 2 and you have to front a panel and explain yourself apparently.
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    I don't think it's such a bad idea to be honest. Personally I find Halsey's "Cricket and football are two different sports and should be treated as such" comment was quoted straight from whatever TV show he was watching.

    I didn't see the Afridi incident, but if it's considered serious to warrant him being suspended for 3 games, then I don't see why it's so unthinkable that he should be removed from taking any further part in the game. In a game like this where a win would secure a series win regardless of the outcome of the previous match, there should be a deterrent that can be enacted IN THAT GAME.

    That said, I'm neither for nor against, but I'm not totally against it.

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    I think if someone gets red carded or whatever they should be able to be replaced by someone else. Not having 11 batsmen could be the difference between winning and losing a game. With football you can manage with only 10 players, but you can't really in cricket as all have to bat.
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    It does seem kind of strange that he's being suspended for however many matches yet he's still bowling. I think that maybe he should be not allowed to bowl for the remainder of the match. That said, if such a rule were implemented, you'd just be getting specialist batsmen digging up the pitch for the spinners.
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    Botham was talking about it during the commentary and said he was for it. That's enough for me to be against it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dasa
    Botham was talking about it during the commentary and said he was for it. That's enough for me to be against it.
    If Both said it, then it must be right, but having listened to him in the past, he will most likely change his mind next week

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    What luckyeddie said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robertinho
    I don't think it's such a bad idea to be honest. Personally I find Halsey's "Cricket and football are two different sports and should be treated as such" comment was quoted straight from whatever TV show he was watching.
    Don't know what one that was, as it wasn't.

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