September 15, 2010

No-balls for a good cause?

Akhila Ranganna

Every cloud does have a silver lining. Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif, Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir may currently be the bad boys of international Cricket but PETA, the US-based animal rights group, wants the cricketers - of "no-ball" infamy - to be part of a positive "fixing attempt". The group said it had written to Butt, Riaz, Asif and Aamir, asking them to feature in a TV and print campaign, aimed at showing that "no-balls", off-the field, can be a lifesaver and not a crime. "No-balls may be a bad thing in cricket, but for dogs and cats, no-balls are a lifesaver," said PETA, in a letter, a copy of which was sent to AFP. The letter goes on to say that "because of unchecked breeding and a lack of good homes, millions of dogs and cats all over the world languish in animal shelters or are euthanised every year and 'fixing' dogs and cats by having them spayed or neutered is the key to ending this suffering."

Akhila Ranganna is assistant editor (Audio) at ESPNcricinfo

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