Friday, March 30, 2018

Learning opportunity from Australian cricketer Cameron Bancroft's error in not questioning and rejecting unethical instruction of his senior to do ball tampering; Also applies especially to people in ashram systems with motto: Speak the truth; Follow ethics

More details on the ball tampering matter. It was NOT sticky tape but sandpaper!

And Australian vice-captain, David Warner, demonstrated how it should be done to Cameron Bancroft.

The article below also has the "full statement from Cricket Australia, the charges against the players and penalties imposed for ball-tampering".

CA says sandpaper was used to tamper, not sticky tape as Bancroft claimed, http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/22940383/cricket-australia-says-sandpaper-was-used-tamper-not-sticky-tape-cameron-bancroft-claimed, 28th March 2018.

Ravi: Great job by Cricket Australia in sharing these details publicly. That's the way to go. I think this investigation can become the gold standard for how such cheating matters at top international cricket level, are investigated and reported to the public by associated country's cricket board/organization.
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A small extract from the article given below:
"Among Bancroft's biggest regrets is that he did not question the suggestion from his opening partner Warner that he attempt to rough up the ball with sandpaper, having never before been involved with ball tampering at any level of the game."

'I've given up my spot for free' - Bancroft, http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/22950474/given-my-spot-free-cameron-bancroft.

Ravi: I think the big lesson for juniors, not only in cricket, but in other walks of life, is that untruthful and unethical (Asathya-Adharma) instructions from seniors should be ***rejected***, if one wants to preserve one's integrity. Blindly following the senior's unethical instructions may provide for temporary gain, but it compromises one's integrity.

Bancroft comprised his integrity by not questioning and rejecting David Warner's ***mad*** instruction to him to tamper the ball with sandpaper.

And what a price Bancroft has had to pay! Besides having his name go down in cricketing history as the key operative doing the ball-tampering cheating, he lost the place in the Australian cricket team that he would have worked so hard to earn! And he lost the money that goes with it, at least for the next nine months (unless he appeals and the decision is changed).

What a tragic outcome this could be, even from a financial perspective for the young cricketer, Bancroft!

Moral of the story for all juniors - Don't follow untruthful and unethical (Asathya-Adharma) instructions of your bosses, if you want to preserve your integrity and earn a good name for yourselves. And this has to be followed more particularly in ashram systems which claim loudly and proudly to follow truth and ethics (Sathyam Vada Dharmam Chara). Juniors in such systems should NOT ***fall prey*** to any Asathya-Adharma (untruthful and unethical) crook senior person who gives ball tampering like unethical instructions to them. Better to refuse to follow such instructions and protect one's Sathya-Dharma (truth and ethics) integrity even if one has to pay a heavy price like losing one's job or free service post in the ashram system - like what I did. I quit my free service post rather than follow unethical instructions of administrators. Sorry about mentioning that but I felt it appropriate to mention so readers know that I am not preaching something that I did not practice myself.

[I thank espncricinfo.com and have presumed that they will not have any objections to me sharing the above small extracts from their website on this post which is freely viewable by all, and does not have any financial profit motive whatsoever.]

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