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Wednesday 21 November 2001
Vocabulary from the news. Listen to and read the report then find explanations of difficult words below.

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Cricket outrage in India
Summary: In India this week there has been outrage after six cricketers were fined for on-field offences in South Africa. This report from Alistair Lawson.
The News Listen  
  Cricket is a sport that is passionately followed in India, and news of the punishment meted out to six players for various misdemeanours during the test series has received front page coverage on nearly every paper.

Members of Parliament say they intend to raise the issue in the House, with some calling for the Indian team to return home from South Africa because of their unjust treatment. But the Board of Control for Cricket in India has rejected this option, even though it has taken the unusual step of issuing a statement describing the punishments as shocking and inconsistent. The English match referee, Mike Denness, has been vilified in the press for his decision to issue a variety of punishments ranging from fines to suspended match bans.

Alistair Lawson, BBC, Delhi

The Words Listen
to feel passionately about something is to care very, very strongly about it

  meted out
the punishment given

unacceptable acts

  test series
a series of matches played between two national teams in different locations in the same country


something that is shocking makes people upset or angry

here, not the same as the punishments given previously

if you have vilified someone you have said or written unpleasant things about them

sums of money that someone has to pay as a punishment

  suspended match bans
a sportsman is stopped from playing in a match if they commit the same offence

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