Should Lara be punished?

After his rather unacceptable behaviour (I am taking it easy) on the field on the fourth afternoon of the first Test against India at St John's, Antigua, Brian Lara should be disciplined. Unfortunately, non-subcontinent players have often had it easy with match referees. Remember Michael Slater's outburst against the umpire and players?

But what Lara did needs to be penalised because he is the opposition captain. No matter how archaic some of the rules and laws of the game are, if you are playing it, you need to follow them. And the laws say that indiscipline, dissent and generally poor beaviour are not acceptable. Needless to say, his behaviour was a result of some fine batting by India and the fact that they did take away the initiative from his team.

We can just wait and watch. Let's hope match referee Jeff Crowe has some gumption to do something about this.


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