Australian journalist Robert Craddock condemned the recent hearing of Kagiso Rabada, where his two-match ban was upheld. After his ban was overturned, Craddock stated that this makes a mockery of everything in the laws of cricket.
Disclosing important pointers from the hearing, Craddock appeared baffled about QC Michael Heron’s quotations regarding the intentions of KG Rabada,
“I sit before you here totally shocked. Not saddened, because I’m quite looking forward to seeing him play but I’ve got to say this: this decision makes a complete mockery of everything the laws of cricket stand for,” stated Robert Craddock according to his column.
“It was handed down less than an hour ago by Michael Heron, the QC from New Zealand, and for the life of me, I can’t understand his logic,” revealed Craddock.
Robert Craddock, further, pointed out the contradictions made by the Heron during the hearing. While he considers Rabada’s action inappropriate, he also adheres that his move was unintended.
“I’ll just give you two sentences. He says here, ‘I’m not comfortably satisfied that Mr Rabada intended to make contact and therefore find him not guilty’ but then he goes on to say: I considered the conduct inappropriate, lacked respect for his fellow player and involved non-deliberate and minor contact,” revealed the Aussie journalist.
Further, the journo enlisted the number offence committed by Rabada in the last 14 months and believes that the current laws should be respected.
“Sorry, but that was deliberate contact. He had done it before and had five offences in 14 months. The Code of Conduct has got to stand for something. Five offences in 14 months, that was the latest. It’s an absolute watershed decision,” wrote Craddock further.
Additionally, the Aussie mentions that this is the first case in two decades which united the racially demarcated nation of South Africa.
How is the kid going to ever learn his lesson, questions Craddock
“Rabada is the first cricketer in 20 years to fully unite South Africa. The blacks love him, the whites love him. And the journalists over there were telling me that you could feel it, the political pressure — free this man!” Craddock cited out
The journalist went on to state that South Africa’s national history had something to do with the hearing. The lawyer who advocated the case of Rabada is a top-notch lawyer in the country and a former freedom fighter.
“They had a very good lawyer, Dali Mpofu, who’s a national celebrity, a former freedom fighter. What I can’t understand is how can you be a little bit of guilty of that. He either elbowed him or he didn’t,” said Craddock, according SAcricketmag.com.
“How is the kid going to ever learn his lesson? He’s got off that now. You can get away with anything. That’s what disappoints me as a cricket fan. I love him. I think he can be one of the top five bowlers of all time,” concluded Robert Craddock.