Ball-tampering, sledging are threats to 'cricket's DNA', says ICC chief executive David Richardson

London: International cricket boss David Richardson declared that ball tampering and dangerous behaviour threatened “cricket’s DNA” and wouldn’t be tolerated by followers within the wake of the Australia dishonest scandal.

The Worldwide Cricket Council chief govt stated the “public has spoken” on dangerous behaviour within the recreation as he delivered the annual MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s on Monday night time.

File picture of David Richardson. Reuters

Richardson referred to occasions in the course of the ill-tempered South Africa-Australia Check collection earlier this 12 months when Australia captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft have been slapped with prolonged bans for his or her roles in a plan to vary the situation of the ball utilizing sandpaper.

“Cricket’s DNA is predicated on integrity, however we’ve seen an excessive amount of behaviour of late that places that in jeopardy and this has to cease,” Richardson stated.

“Sledging that quantities to not more than private abuse, fielders giving send-offs to batsmen who’ve been dismissed, pointless bodily contact, gamers threatening to not play in protest in opposition to an umpire’s choice and ball tampering.

“This is not the model of our sport that we need to challenge to the world.”

Throughout that infamous collection, South Africa quick bowler Kagiso Rabada was suspended for making contact with Smith, although his ban was overturned on enchantment, and there was an unsightly off-field scuffle between Warner and South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.

Because of this the ICC toughened its code of conduct, final month rising bans for ball-tampering and bringing in new sanctions for verbal intimidation with Richardson saying the ICC was decided to punish “ugly and private abuse”.

“The general public response around the globe to the incidents within the current Australia-South Africa collection was an eye-opener,” stated Richardson.

“The message was loud and clear, dishonest is dishonest and it is not what we signed up for.”

Richardson stated he discovered it a “little disingenuous” for gamers to say that guidelines have been unclear about how the situation of the ball may very well be altered legally.

“Over the previous few months I’ve learn feedback from gamers requesting steerage what’s allowed in relation to the ball,” Richardson added.

“They’ve requested if they will chew gum, put on sunscreen or drink a sugary drink.

“To be brutally trustworthy I discover this a bit of disingenuous. The legal guidelines are easy and easy: don’t change the situation of the ball utilizing a synthetic substance.

“In case you are carrying sunscreen, sucking a mint or chewing gum with the intent of utilizing the cream or the sugary saliva on the ball you might be ball-tampering.

“You might not at all times get caught — and we aren’t going to cease gamers from chewing gum or carrying sunscreen — however if you’re, then do not complain.

“Taking the angle that it is at all times been there to some extent is a mistake. The general public have spoken.”


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