World cricket needs MS Dhoni as much as it needs Virat Kohli: David Richardson

first_imgInternational Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive David Richardson speaking at the MCC’s 2018 Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture, said the world cricket needs players like Virat Kohli, but there has to be someone like Mahendra Singh Dhoni too.”On the field the cricket needs its larger than life characters. Its Colin Milburns, Freddie Flintoffs, Shane Warnes, Virat Kohlis, Ben Stokes but we equally it needs its Frank Worrells, its Mahendra Singh Dhonis, its Rahul Dravids, its Colin Cowdreys to make sure that we all stay in the good side of that line,” Richardson said during his lecture.The ICC Chief Executive in his speech at the MCC’s Colin Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s, touched upon the expressed his concerns about the amount of cheating and sledging in international cricket. He also said the current situation needs more initiative from the players and coaches.”Personal abuse, fielders giving send-offs to batsmen who have been dismissed, unnecessary physical contact, players threatening not to play in protest against an umpire’s decision and ball tampering; this isn’t the version of our sport that we want to project to the world,” he said.Richardson said that ICC will impose a six-Test or 12-match suspension in limited-overs cricket for any kind of personal abuse. He also said that ICC is working on “educating the players on what it means to play the game within the spirit.”David Richardson on what the @ICC have done to address the current situation in cricket.Watch live #CowdreyLecture’s Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) August 6, 2018READ – Don’t complain if you are caught cheating, says Dave Richardson at MCC lectureCricket’s image has taken a battering in recent months, with former Australia captain Steve Smith and two of his players slapped with long bans for the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal in March.”Winning must obviously be the aim of any game but not at all costs, not when it means compromising the integrity of the game,” Richardson said.The ICC introduced tougher punishments for ball-tampering last month, but South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, who has twice fallen foul of the rules, remarked that he needed more “clarity” over what was permitted.READ – Virat Kohli finding a special place among Indian greats: Sanjay MajrekarRichardson said the rules were already clear enough.”Over the last few months, I have read comments from players requesting guidance on what is allowed in relation to the ball. Asking if they can chew gum, wear sun screen or drink a sugary drink.READ- India’s star batsmen have no excuses left after failing in another away Test”The laws are simple and straightforward do not change the condition of the ball using an artificial substance and if you are caught, don’t complain. Saying others do it is not a defence. You are cheating.”Richardson also spoke about how a home team should maintain the principles of respect for the opposition during a bilateral series.READ – India vs England: Time for Virat Kohli the leader to stand up and deliverThe touring team should be treated as “honoured guests with the standard of practice facilities and other logistical arrangements exactly the same as the home team, if not better”.”Who will want their kids to play cricket if there’s poor behaviour?”@ICC chief-executive David Richardson on the future of the #SpiritOfCricket.Watch live #CowdreyLecture’s Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) August 6, 2018The ICC Chief Executive seemed a tad disappointed in the manner national team coaches have supported the boorish behaviour of their players. He cited the example of former South African all rounder Mike Proctor, who during his time as national coach would ensure that an umpiring decision had “unqualified acceptance”.READ – Sunil Gavaskar Exclusive: ‘India should have played more warm-up games in England'”Too many coaches or team managers of recent times are too quick to side with their players, blame the umpires for being biased against their team, storming off to the match referee’s room to complain,” he added.”Winning must obviously be the aim of any game but not at all costs, not when it means compromising the integrity of the game.”(With inputs from Reuters and PTI)last_img

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