New Delhi, Sept. 11 -- Served a show cause notice that threatened 'annulment' of his annual contract, Dinesh Karthik was truly stumped. Sensing the wind was blowing against him, he promptly submitted an unconditional apology to douse the fire. Sensible because in any conflict with BCCI, swift surrender is the best insurance policy. That is the art of batting on a sticky wicket.

Players know this is a game they can't win and a quick apology will invite leniency. A stern warning will be issued and after that all will be well. This is how the script usually plays out.

A larger issue with the DK show cause is about the ground rules and the unequal player-administration relationship. In this instance, there isn't clarity about the clauses infr...