Ottayan writes about Harbhajan's five match ban, suggesting that the punishment is "paltry." Apparently, any further infringement will trigger a lifetime ban:
"The player (Harbhajan) admitted his guilt in the concerned matter.
He prayed for leniency and assured the committee that there would not
be any misconduct on his part in the future.
"The committee decided to ban Harbhajan Singh for five one-day
internationals (starting today i.e. May 14) and further observed that
any further instance of misconduct will invoke a life-ban," said Sharad
Pawar, President, BCCI and Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee.
And Dileep Premachandran notes Brian Lara's theory player indiscipline:
It all reminds me of something Brian Lara said in an interview back in
2006. When I asked him about allegations of indiscipline that have
bedevilled West Indian sides in recent times, he said: "I don’t think
you’d see an indisciplined team if you have a disciplined board. If you
have a disciplined board, they would know exactly what they want from
their players. You need to see the whole spiral, where it starts from.
You can’t just pinpoint the players and say: You guys are
And The Guardian is running some cricket articles from thirty years ago. See this one on that great batsman, Barry Richards, talking about playing for money:
In his first season at Hampshire he was paid £1,300, more than any
of his teammates, which created tensions with the senior English
players who had already been with the county for 10 or 15 years. Now
they accept he has a talent which he is selling to make a living.
They find it more difficult to accept that there are days when he
will not be interested in scoring runs even though he is receiving
two-and-a-half times their salary. Richards himself is the first to
admit he finds it difficult to motivate himself, having achieved all he
can outside of Test cricket. His captain, Richard Gilliat, is in a good
position to judge: "Undoubtedly there have been instances where if he
was on £1 a run he would have made a big score whereas he made a
reasonable score. But the biggest incentive is to show him the averages
in June and see three or four overseas players up above him."