ACA President Greg Dyer terms sledging 'important' for the game

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ACA President Greg Dyer backs Sledging and terms it ‘important’ for the game 

ACA President Greg Dyer backs Sledging and terms it ‘important’ for the game
Australian Cricketers' Association President Greg Dyer speaks at a press conference in Sydney on April 3, 2018. Bans handed to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft should be reduced, the Australian cricketers' union said, arguing the punishment was disproportionate to previous ball-tampering cases. / AFP PHOTO / PETER PARKS / IMAGE FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

Australia Cricket Association (ACA) President George Dyer has reiterated that sledging is important for the character and competitiveness of the gentleman’s game.

Also, ACA earlier today called for a widespread review of the culture of the game in Australia.

Sledging played a crucial role in the ongoing Test series between South Africa and Australia.

So much so, that cricket has taken a backseat after the recent scandal.

In the wake of that, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull last week called for an end to sledging.

However, Dyer stressed that there was still a place for the practice.

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A degree of sledging I think is great fun and part of the game and important to the character of the game,” Dyer said.

Dyer also sheds light on the free and fair play while considering the spirit of the game.

I had a rule that said never say anything to another player on the field that you would regret, or which would prevent you from going to the other changing room and having a beer after the game. That was the line in the sand that I enjoyed and I never did, and frankly I never had anything said to me in response which crossed that line,” he added.

Meanwhile, Dyer backed sledging in the interest of the game as it preserves the degree of competitiveness.

A little bit of banter, a little bit of sledging is in the best interests of the game frankly, because it preserves that degree of competitiveness,” Dyer stated.

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However, Greg Dyer pointed that the culture of the game hadn’t disappeared and its spirit will return.

The game of cricket has been running for 140, 150 years and it will run for another 150 years beyond our lifetime,” Dyer said. “The spirit of the game will endure throughout that process, regardless of the amount of the commercial value in the sport, in my view. A return to those concepts of the spirit of the game is achievable and I’ll go out on a limb and say it will be achieved,” he concluded.

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