T20 WC notes: ‘Watergate’: Another one bites the bug

What do India's Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh,Australia's Mitchell Starc and Brad Hogg,Ireland's Paul Stirling,George Dockrell and Alex Cusack,South Africa's Albie Morkel

Written by G.S. Vivek | Published: September 25, 2012 12:34 am

‘Watergate’: Another one bites the bug

What do India’s Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh,Australia’s Mitchell Starc and Brad Hogg,Ireland’s Paul Stirling,George Dockrell and Alex Cusack,South Africa’s Albie Morkel and New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori,Tim Southee and Rob Nicol all have in common? Ten points for the correct answer — they have all fallen sick during this World T20.

These,however,aren’t the only ones. Several players from the 12 teams present have reported of stomach bugs and sore throats. The serious fear is that this contagious gastro-bug has been spreading through the same brand of mineral water supplied to the teams.

While the cause is still uncertain,a precautionary ICC have changed the brand of bottles while also pushing the Sri Lankan authorities to urgently look into the matter. “Although there is no evidence to suggest that water was the cause of any illness,the product supplied has been replaced,” an ICC spokesperson said.

As many as 15 players have fallen severely ill,while Southee’s diagnosis was a lot more serious — hospitalised at the end of the match against Pakistan on Saturday. “We’re pretty diligent in how we go about things but we can’t contain everything,” Mike Hesson,NZ coach said. Australia captain George Bailey,on the other hand,believes that the bug is something the teams now have the account for in their strategies. “We’re certainly not only team that has had to deal with it in the last few days. That’s something we’ll have to adjust to,” Bailey said.

‘Good cricketers,better human beings’

They may not win a great deal of matches,but Ireland’s cricketers do know how to win hearts — on and off the cricket field. On Monday morning,the Irish played hosts to 40 Tsunami affected children from Arklow Orphanage Boys Home,in the outskirts of Colombo. The players had a fun swimming session with the boys,and treated them with a four-course meal in their team hotel,before bringing them along to witness their match against the West Indies.

“Anywhere we go,our team always loves to do their bit to help charity. Sometimes,the players come up with the idea,and how to pull it off,themselves,” says Barry Chambers,media manager of the team. “We want to be known as good human beings,and good cricketers.”

Just last year,during the 2011 World Cup,Ireland’s players had dyed their hair pink to raise charitable money for a cancer society. The Ireland-WI game was called off even before the thrill took off or the dangerous Chris Gayle could walk out to bat. But it didn’t matter to the kids in the stadium. Their heroes bowled underarm and helped them raise their chicken.

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