Totally agreed mate.. banning Randiv is too harsh. Such incidents are bound to happen once in a while. Even MCC has admitted that there are certain loopholes present in the rulebook which leads to such incident. This was an exceptional case and whatever Randiv did was well within the rules of the game.
BTW, few months back, during last stages of IND-SA 2nd test match, when India needed 1 wicket in 3 overs, it was Sehwag who kicked the ball outside the boundary, so that Amla couldn't retain strike for the next over. Though Umpire awarded (1 run + 5 penalties) on that occasion, and Amla faced the 1st ball of next over.
True mate..now that incident is sure to grab some headlines.
Bdw, found a very nice article on such similar incidents.Cricinfo XI: Players who were done out of landmarks by their opponents Regulars Cricinfo Magazine Cricinfo.com
Now to another big cricketing event. The ICC awards. ICC news: Amla, Sehwag, Bollinger in the race for ICC awards Cricket News Cricinfo ICC Site Cricinfo.com
Share your picks puys.
Cricketer of the year : Greame Swann &/or Sachin Tendulkar
Test Player of the year :Virender Sehwag or Sachin Tendulkar or Shane Watson or Hashim Amla(Thats a really tough one)
ODI Player of the year : Shane Watson or Sachin Tendulkar(for that 200* of course) or Tilakratne Dilshan (Sachin Tendulkar has not played an ODI since 200*, so slightly difficult for him)
Emerging Player of the year : Mohd.Amir & Umar Akmal(Not sure about other awards, but this has to be shared by the two)
Associate and Affiliate player of the year: Ryan ten Doeschate(Must confess not familiar with all names)
Twenty20 international performance of the year: :Michael Hussey 60*v Pakistan(Give it to the occasion)
Women's Cricketer of the Year: Sarah McGlashan(again not familiar with all names)
Umpire of the Year: Rudi Koertzen(Give it to Rudi now...he has retired)
Moment of the year : That 200* special
Will try to come up with more precise answers soon.