The International Cricket Council (ICC) stated on Thursday (April 27), that it wants in place new and harsher penalties for cases of ball tampering within months, as the cricket world body was looking to have zero tolerance for cheating scandals and controversies in the backdrop of the recent ball-tampering case involving the Australian players including their captain Steve Smith.
Football-style Red & Yellow cards in cricket to promote “culture of respect”
As reported by the Deccan Chronicle, the International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Dave Richardson said that a football-style penalising system needed to be in place, which would include red and yellow cards among other measures, as the ICC seeks to bring back a “culture of respect” to the game.
During the ICC meeting which took place in Kolkata this week, the leaders of top cricket playing nations had demanded harsher punishment and more powers for umpires to act in tandem against cases of cheating and misconduct. Dave Richardson told the media during the meet,
“There was clear direction received that we want to move toward stricter and heavier sanctions for ball tampering and all other offences that are indicative of a lack of respect.”
Former Indian Test cricket legend Anil Kumble is supposed to lead a player legends committee to recommend the sanctions for cases of misconduct and violations. The ICC chief informed that the new punishments and sanctions would be decided and conclude on in June and July, 2018.
‘Offences’ include a lack of respect for opponents
ICC CEO, Dave Richardson, said that the punishments would also cover “other offences that are indicative of a lack of respect for your opponent, for the game, the umpires”.
“We want penalties in place that are a proper deterrent. Fines are not proving to be the answer,” he said.
The ICC was criticised heavily after it banned Australia captain Steve Smith for just one Test match for his role in the ball-tampering scandal in a Test series in and against South Africa last month, in which Aussie batsman Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera trying to alter the conditions of the ball.
After a wave of public outrage, Cricket Australia had later banned Smith and the Australia vice-captain David Warner for 12 months, while Bancroft was given a nine-month suspension. Dave Richardson said,
“Quite honestly we were worried about poor player behaviour before that. There have just been too many incidents of sledging, ugly abusive language and dissent.”
Sending off players to be a part of discussion
In a new and surprising move, Dave Richardson said that letting umpires send off players and book players for offences “will be part of the discussion. When it comes to time wasting and things like that we want the umpires to take more on-field actions.”
However, Richardson acknowledged that implementing the use of red and yellow cards in cricket will not be “as easy to implement as in other sports”.
Umpires have since last year already been able to send off players for violence and other extreme behaviour but this has not yet been used. The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), guardians of the game rules, have been among the influential groups calling for red cards.