“MELBOURNE, May 6: If one thought the World Cup final fiasco was the last in the string of unpleasant incidents at the cricket’s premier event in the Caribbean, reports say Australian players were at the risk of being arrested by Barbadian police when they were celebrating their triumph.
According to Australian daily The Age, an agitated local police officer allegedly “shouldered” captain Ricky Ponting when he asked for at least two minutes to sing their victory song at the centre wicket after their chaotic 53-run win over Sri Lanka in a rain-marred match…” (The Statesman, India)
“The Sun-Herald understands the players were on the centre wicket when local police, two of whom were armed with machine-guns, ordered them from the playing field.
The officer in charge, whom witnesses described as overly aggressive and forceful, was not prepared to listen when Ponting asked that his team be left for two minutes to sing the song. He demanded the team and its support staff leave the ground immediately…” (Sun-Herald, Australia)
Many Papers Around The World Are Carrying This Story
Here are a few of the many (dozens) of stories that a Google search will reveal…
Ponting Manhandled By Police On Final Night (Daily Times, Pakistan)
Australian Captain Ricky Ponting Man-Handled By Barbados Police On World Cup Final Night (Cricket World Cup Latest)
When Aussie Song Struck A Wrong Note (The Statesman, India)
Armed Police Ruin Cup Celebrations For Aussies (Sydney Morning Herald, Australia)
When Cops Played Spoilsport (Deccan Herald, India)
Armed Police Ruin Celebrations For Aussies (Brisbane Times, Australia)
Cup Song Ends On A Final Sour Note (The Age, Australia)