British Bowler Bruised in ‘Friendly’ Cricket Match

I have a revelation which will shock exactly nobody: I know nothing about cricket. I consider myself a worldly sports fan and an engaged American citizen, but the foreign charms of cricket have always eluded my apathetic interest. But from what I do know, it would not seem to be a game that arouses deep partisan passion in its players. After all, how mad can you get when you’re just standing around for days on end?

Of course, people could probably say that about baseball, and people love to fight in baseball. Which is why it should probably come as no surprise that a friendly cricket match in the park ended with a cricketeer being viciously beaten by opposing players.

From the BIRMINGHAM MAIL:

A bowler, 39-year-old Khurram Choudhary, was allegedly set upon by up to half a dozen opposition players, one wielding a stump, after challenging the umpire’s decision to give a batsman not out. “The batting teams provided the umpires, which may not have been the best approach as things turned out. Mr Choudhary was bowling for ICD and there was a close call with a run-out. The umpire, who was with Azad, gave the batsman not out. It would appear Mr Choudhary lost his temper with the umpire in some way.”

It would appear so, but it would also appear that losing his temper was a horrible, violent decision, and yet another instance of … When Keeping It Choudhary Goes Wrong.