Members of the Sri Lankan camp in Australia for the CB series were the target of verbal abuse and had eggs thrown at them on Thursday night in Hobart. Muttiah Muralitharan and a team selector were part of a group walking from a restaurant to the team hotel and the selector was hit on the back by an egg. As a result, the Sri Lankan board has asked Cricket Australia (CA) to tighten security around the team.”Muralitharan, along with one of the selectors and the team masseur, were walking on the street in Hobart when suddenly from nowhere a car passed them and the guy starts abusing,” a source close to the team confirmed to Cricinfo. “He then came back a few more times and repeated this and suddenly he started throwing eggs in their direction. One landed on the back of the selector.
Now here is what I think will happen after this.
1. The Sri Lankan team will barricade themselves in their hotel and tell their tour manager that they are very afraid for their safety and wish to call off the tour.
2. The Sri Lankan press will pressurize their board to not let the financial clout of the Australians silence the player’s genuine concern for their security.
One of them will write : ” How long will the greedy Sri Lankan board barter racist humiliation for rupees?It’s not just a question of some fans behaving atrociously but the persistence of a culture of racial intimidation where , not long ago an Australian “legend” called a Sri Lankan player a “black monkey” without any censure?”
Another will fulminate :” If calling Symonds a monkey in Mumbai was a national shame for India, how does a physical attack perpetrated on persons, based solely on the color of their skin, rank on that scale of ignominy?”
3. The Sri Lankan government will announce that they are sending a high-powered team of security officials to check whether Australian security arrangements are adequate. Only after their report will the tour continue.
4. Quackinfo, a cricket-themed website based in Perth, will have an article on their front page saying that the Australians are the most racist people in the world and it’s time they opened their eyes to this. Other writers for Quackinfo will be approached by newspapers like “Gaand”-ian of the UK to write for their blog platform and outlets like We Pee See will immediately do a show on the White Australia policy, a “whites only” immigration policy Australia had as late as 1973.
You don’t think that these sequence of events will play themselves out?
To be honest, neither do I.
But what if Sri Lanka was Australia and Australia was…