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Well actually his wife is. However, he is married, so I find from reading this article. The English players should be given all the credit for making a huge song and dance about giving up their regular day job to attend the birth of their first/second/third/sixth child. Surely, when you have seen one, you have seen them all? I am quite inexperienced with this facet of one’s life; please let me know if mistaken, I am.
We’ve come a long way from the days when my Mom didn’t want her own husband (ie. my respected father) in the delivery room when X and I were born. If you asked my respected father for his opinion, he would reflect on his own experience and duly inform you that these cricketers are making a huge fuss over nothing and they should get on with playing cricket and leave the rest to their wives. He may have a point.
I continually fail to understand why we are regularly bombarded with the news that a cricketer has left a game mid-way to attend the birth of his child, or that he has decided to play in a match “for the benefit of the team”. I mean seriously, “for the benefit of the team”??? Would you all please cease indulging in this blatant attempt to gain some sympathy/cheap publicity, because that is what I believe it all comes down to.
So what if you have decided not to be by your wife’s side during the delivery? The opportunity cost, which you have accepted, is that you have the honour of representing your country on the world stage. Some might argue that these alternatives are poles apart. I tend to argue that these antics of the newer generation of cricketers are mere publicity stunts.
I like Brett Lee. I think he is a talented, honest and respectable cricketer and individual. However, I would have liked to have heard about the birth of his baby after the actual event. Maybe I am mistaken in my deduction of his real intentions in relation to this announcement. If so, I aplogise profusely. Sadly though, somehow I get the feeling I am not entirely mistaken in my assertions on this issue. The birth of a child should be cause for joy and celebration, not the subject of cheap and misguided publicity grabs.
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