In a shocking incident cricketers MS Dhoni and Harbajan Singh chose to stay away from the presidential ceremony of awarding Padma Shri. Both were reportedly busy shooting ads and could not make it to the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Bhajji was quoted as saying,
“Maybe the next time I get an award, I will arrive there (at Rashtrapati Bhavan) two days in advance.”
Harbhajan was speaking to the media after signing a licensing and merchandising deal for his eponymous brand in the capital on Wednesday. Immediately thereafter, he flew to Mumbai to sign a blogging deal with BigAdda.com, which was announced with much fanfare during the day.
Cricketers love to say "I am happy to play for my country." I think it is pure garbage. Cricketers are the richest sportspersons in India. Lets better not mix patriotism into that huge business. It doesn’t sound good. The incident reinforces the general impression that while players of other games play for the sake of the game, name, fame and the country, our cricketers play for money, money & money only.
Are they really worthy of a Padma Shri?