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Smith tells Bravo sorry

Smith tells Bravo sorry ((Picture courtesy WICB Media.))

Fri, January 18, 2013 - 12:05 AM

GROS ISLET – Barbados captain Dwayne Smith has apologized to Trinidad and Tobago all-rounder Dwayne Bravo for running him out after he backed-up to far at the non-strikers’ end in their Caribbean T20 match Wednesday night.

The Barbados captain has described the incident as an “offsetting moment” and said he apologized personally to Bravo, who scored only three before starting his march back to the pavilion.

The dismissal has been a subject of heated discussion and although it is within the bowler’s rights, it is rare at any level of cricket and widely seen as unsporting.

“I think it was something bad to do and especially to Dwayne Bravo who I know for so long,” Smith said, in an interview with Line and Length Network.

“To me, it’s an offsetting moment and I think I would have to say that I am very sorry to him. I have spoken to him already.”

The incident happened as the defending champions were cruising to a five-wicket win over Barbados, leaving the losers with only a slim chance of reaching the playoffs.

Some team members did not shake hands after the match as a result of the incident but they were reported to have said that the matter was now behind them.

And, Bravo said he has accepted Smith’s apology.

“Even though it’s the rule, all of us don’t really play the game that way. The heat of the moment got the better of him. He already messaged me,” Bravo said.

“He waited for me until I got off the bus and approached then also apologized to me. He did it publicly also, so most definitely his apology is accepted and I hope that he doesn’t allow that to get him down.”

Last summer, a similar incident occurred in English county cricket sparking anger in some quarters.

Surrey was booed from the field and called “a disgrace to cricket” by angry spectators after their India spinner Murali Kartik ran out Somerset batsman Alex Barrow for backing up too far. (CMC)

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Posted by daneale o'neale 1 year, 9 months ago
Backing up to far is against the spirit of the game and no player should be allow to get away with it,the law state this as attempting to STEALING A RUN DURING THE BOWLERS RUN u tell me who should apologize in this case,the bowler is right in trying to run him out,the batsman in wrong in trying to get an head start,as an ump i always tell a batsman stay in your ground until the ball is delivered,cause i am going to give you out if their is an appeal,Bravo should know better.

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Posted by RANDY BRIDGEMAN 1 year, 9 months ago
Senior cricket fans would remember when our own Charlie Griffith ran out Aussie opener Ian Redpath in a Test 'Down Under' back in '69 for backing up too far. Also, Alvin Kallicharran suffered a similar fate in the infamous '74 incident at the end of a day's play, Tony Greig being the perpetrator. However, the appeal was withdrawn and 'Kalli' was allowed to continue batting the next day.

Out of courtesy, usually the bowler would first warn the batsman if he were backing up too far. A bowler who runs out a batsman for the same offense even without a prior warning is not in violation of the laws of the game, but certainly the spirit.

In the Smith-Bravo incident, seems as if Smitty did so in the heat of the moment as happens sometimes. Bravo has accepted the latter's apology so this incident should be laid to rest without delay.

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Posted by Lionel Inniss 1 year, 9 months ago
Cricket at this level has changed from a game to a job. I see nothing wrong in running a man out who is stealing a run. That is what Bravo was doing. If Bravo and smith had collided on the pitch, and he was out of his crease, then I can see it being an issue. What if it was a last ball one run issue and Bravo had stolen the run, what would the spectators say. This is no game anymore, it is a business, you steal and you get punished. Thats it.

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