Denesh Ramdin, the West Indies wicketkeeper, escaped lightly with a fine of only 20 per cent of his match fee for his behaviour after scoring a century last week in a cricket Test match against England.
That, however, must not be the end of the affair. Now, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) must sanction Ramdin. It must be clear that as a representative of the region, his action was unacceptable.
Sportsmen have long been subject to analyses and criticism of the type offered by Viv Richards, the great former West Indies batsman.
But Ramdin's clearly premeditated, angry, script-bearing retaliatory response from the middle was unbecoming and offensive, for which his offhand apology will not do. He embarrassed the West Indies and brought the game into disrepute, which the WICB must make him know forcefully.
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