26 February, 2021

Xtraaa Innings

Colombo's wiles lured cricketers to a different pitch too

Xtraaa Innings
When South African fast bowler Makhaya Ntini spotted two sultry young women throwing seductive glances at him in the Taj Samudra hotel lobby, he must have thought it was his lucky night out. The revealing dresses and their amorous gaze soon had the strapping fast bowler saunter over. Ntini brimmed with the cool confidence of a famous Test player, eager for action. His only problem: the following day was the semi-final match against India.

"He was all ours post-match, if we wanted him," said one of the girls. Inviting them over for a drink, and palpably yorked by their charms, Ntini indicated he wanted to spend the night with them both, but turned down requests for an introduction to other team members. They exchanged numbers, and he told them when he could be contacted.

The following morning one of the women contacted Ntini over the phone hoping to fix plans for the night. Was he or any other team member willing to pay, she asked gingerly. Ntini was evasive: "Why do I need to pay?" The woman replied, "Use your imagination?" The conversation continued, both playing off...

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