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SLEDGERS be­ware: the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil will be on your case at next month’s World Cup.

Speak­ing less than four weeks be­fore the tour­na­ment gets under way in Aus­tralia and New Zealand, ICC chief ex­ec­u­tive David Richard­son

stressed a strict dis­ci­plinary pol­icy against “dis­re­spect­ful” player be­hav­iour.

He said: “Over the last six months, the amount of sledg­ing and dis­re­spect shown by play­ers to each other was bad.

“Since then we have done a lot of work with our um­pires and match ref­er­ees to en­sure they are more pro-ac­tive. For the World Cup 2015 it will be no dif­fer­ent – the match ref­er­ees will be mak­ing sure that mes­sage is de­liv­ered loud and clear.”

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