Sydney, Oct 24 (UNI) Ricky Ponting, who led Australia to their third successive win in the Cricket World Cup in, just managed to avoid having a dubious distinction of leading his team to Jail after the victory celebration at Barbados.
In his forthcoming book 'Captain Diary 2007, Australian skipper reveals how his team's World Cup-winning celebrations almost ended in disaster with the possibility of even spending a night in jail in the West Indies earlier this year after the team ventured back onto the Bridgetown pitch to sing its celebratory song -- Under the Southern Cross -- following its win over Sri Lanka in the final.
As each player recalled their personal cup highlight Ponting noticed a group of policemen had come up behind them, one saying: ''Righto boys, time to go, you've got to get off the ground.
''Hang on,'' said Ponting. ''We've just won the World Cup. Can't you give us one minute? Unfortunately, I added a swear word into that request, which the police officer did not appreciate at all.
''You cannot cuss like that in Barbados,'' he said firmly, as his mood blackened. He stepped towards me, and my teammates moved in behind me, as if a real stink was about to take place. I think they threatened to lock us up for the night, and we soon realised that we weren't going to be permitted to finish our ceremony.'' ''As a diplomat, I'd failed miserably, and I'm fully aware I shouldn't have sworn like I did, though I do wonder why they couldn't have given us a little more time.'' He writes adding, ''We went back to the dressing room, packed up our things, and returned back to the hotel, where we sang the anthem long and loudly by the pool,'' he said.