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Let me spit it out: cricket should clean up its act on hygiene

By Allan Jacob

What’s the big deal about players tampering with the cricket ball when the sport is rolling in real dirt and muck? The recent moral outrage has been a test of our hypocritical skills. It’s an old normal, but this breast-beating about cheating has left me confused. What concerns me is the state of general hygiene on the pitch. The ugly spectacle of a player rubbing the cherry or white ball on his thigh or crotch and then sticking it down his underwear fills me with angst about the germs that are being spread on the field. Even umpires are not spared when they inspect the ball at regular intervals.

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Is it a hole-in-one if you’re the only golfer who bore witness?

By Bikram Vohra

Legend has it that many years ago in Scotland, a young shepherd boy idly took his wooden crook and struck a pebble into a hole. It rolled in and ecstatic, he tried it again. And again and again, little realising that he would spark a revolution, create an industry worth billions and drive people to heights of joy and depths of gloom. Golf, is today, more than a sport, a way of life and central to the luxury and style of living in the emirates. Continue reading Is it a hole-in-one if you’re the only golfer who bore witness?