In the wake of the ball-tampering episode, the International Cricket Council is set to undertake a review that will look into player behaviour, the spirit of cricket and the existing code of conduct. Chief Executive David Richardson confirmed the development on a blog on the ICC website on Thursday.
Richardson said: “We have seen a number of incidents of poor player behaviour in recent weeks which has included ugly sledging, send-offs, dissent against umpires’ decisions, a walk-off and ball tampering. This has been perhaps one of the worst periods in recent memory for consistently poor player behaviour and the global outcry in relation to the ball tampering is a clear message to cricket: enough is enough.”
Richardson confirmed that a group of former and current players will be part of the committee that looks into the review. “The review will bring together some well respected former and current players along with the Cricket Committee, the MCC and match officials as we consider the current offences in the code and the sanctions as well as how to make the spirit of the game a more integral part of that code,” he said.
The review will now give the governing body an opportunity to tweak the rules which will expect the players to behave in a better manner on the field, according to the 58-year-old. “It will focus on two things, firstly the Code of Conduct, reviewing the levels of offence based on seriousness, more clearly defining the conduct that constitutes each offence and reviewing the sanctions that should apply to each,” he said.
Richardson added: “Secondly, we will consider the development of a spirit of cricket code which will define more clearly what it actually means to play the game in this day and age with a view to establishing a culture of respect in the game for the long term. We need to be clear on what acceptable behaviour is and what isn’t and what the appropriate sanctions are when a player breaches the code.”