Once again some Aussie cricketers put money over country

By Kersi Meher-Homji

Money is not the root of all evil. The love of money over one’s country is. Money is a necessity of life. But when one has it and wants MORE, then it becomes the ROUTE to evil.

Cricketers were paid poorly forty years ago and one can understand their joining Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket in 1977.

But these days many of them are paid over million dollars or equivalent to it in IPL and BBL. For the Australian Cricketers Association to threaten Cricket Australia that they will boycott the Ashes series this season is wrong.

And especially for multimillionaire Australian opener David Warner to support this action is bordering on blasphemy.

One can understand Sheffield Shield cricketers wanting more. But affluent Test stars threatening to down their tools ”“ in this case bats ”“ is shameful.

I suggest that both Cricket Australia and Australian Cricket Association / Union should get down from their high horses and discuss the matter in a mature amicable way.

As famous Indian poet Kabir [born 1440] had written almost six hundred years ago:

“Gaudhan gajdhan vaajidhan, Aur ratandhan khaan
Jab na ho santoshdhan, Sab dhan dhuli samaan.”

Roughly translated, it means: One may have all worldly riches but if there is no contentment, all wealth is like dust.

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