Red cards to be in­tro­duced for un­ruly player con­duct

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MUM­BAI: Crick­eters could be ‘red-carded’ by um­pires and ejected from the ground for the du­ra­tion of a match from next Oc­to­ber af­ter the sport’s law­mak­ers yes­ter­day rec­om­mended on-field sanc­tions to ad­dress de­clin­ing stan­dards of player be­hav­iour.

The world cricket com­mit­tee of the Maryle­bone Cricket Club (MCC), the guardian of the game’s laws, has rec­om­mended that a player should be re­moved from the field for threat­en­ing an umpire, phys­i­cal as­sault or any other act of vi­o­lence. Match of­fi­cials cur­rently re­port play­ers or in­ci­dents to the match ref­eree at the end of the day af­ter which ac­tion is taken.

Fol­low­ing a two-day meet­ing in Mum­bai, MCC world cricket com­mit­tee chair­man Mike Brear­ley said um­pires needed to be em­pow­ered to im­pose on-thes­pot sanc­tions, not­ing that there were more dis­ci­plinary prob­lems in the low­ertier leagues.

“There was a sur­vey done of the um­pires and 40 per­cent said they are con­sid­er­ing giv­ing up the game or giv­ing up um­pir­ing be­cause of ver­bal abuse,” for­mer Eng­land cap­tain Brear­ley told re­porters at the Wankhede Sta­dium.

“Anec­do­tal ev­i­dence from peo­ple who are fa­mil­iar with leagues in parts of Eng­land say that the be­hav­iour has got worse. “The um­pires have to be re­spected and given the best pos­si­ble chance and I think cricket is the only game in which there isn’t this pos­si­bil­ity of an in-match pun­ish­ment or de­ter­rent.”

ROLE MOD­ELS

The com­mit­tee dis­cussed sanc­tions like run penal­ties and sin bins but felt it would be hard to ap­ply them con­sis­tently around the world.

“It got to the state where some­thing had to hap­pen to pre­vent those things hap­pen­ing on the in­ter­na­tional stage,” for­mer Aus­tralia cap­tain Ricky Ponting, a mem­ber of the com­mit­tee, said.

“The modern player now un­der­stands their role in so­ci­ety, about be­ing role mod­els, and want to play the game the right way for younger kids.”

The com­mit­tee also de­cided that no changes were re­quired to the cur­rent ball­tam­per­ing laws de­spite re­cent in­ci­dents.

The age-old prac­tice of shin­ing the cricket ball has be­come a grey area for some crick­eters who called for clar­ity af­ter South Africa cap­tain Faf du Plessis was de­clared guilty of ball-tampering by the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil last month.

Tele­vi­sion footage ap­peared to show du Plessis ap­ply­ing saliva to the ball while suck­ing on a sweet dur­ing the Ho­bart test against Aus­tralia lead­ing to him be­ing sanc­tioned and los­ing his en­tire match fee.

The com­mit­tee also agreed that the game had tilted too far in favour of the bats­men and there­fore rec­om­mended spe­cific bat size lim­i­ta­tions to the edges and depth of a bat.

The new laws will be im­ple­mented at all lev­els of the game from Oct. 1 next year, sub­ject to ap­proval by the MCC’s main com­mit­tee.

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