Ball-Tampering Threatens Cricket's DNA - ICC CEO David Richardson

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Ball-Tampering Threatens Cricket’s DNA – ICC CEO David Richardson 

Ball-Tampering Threatens Cricket’s DNA – ICC CEO David Richardson
David Richardson. Credits: AFP

International Cricket Council CEO David Richardson believes that the recent events of Ball-Tampering threaten cricket’s DNA. David Richardson believes Cricket’s DNA is based on integrity.

Richardson had delivered a lecture at annual MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s on Monday. The ICC CEO talked about how the Ball Tampering takes away the authenticity from the beautiful game. The former Proteas player believes harsh punishment must be given to all the players who try to tamper the ball.

David Richardson, Ball Tampering
David Richardson. Credits: AFP

Cricket’s DNA is integrity.

Richardson said that game’s life depends on integrity. However, the recent event has put the image of the game in danger.

“Cricket’s DNA is based on integrity. But we have seen too much behaviour of late that puts that in jeopardy and this has to stop,” Richardson said while delivering his lecture.

The ICC boss also addressed the other issues the game has been battling for years. Richardson went on to add factors like sledging, unnecessary send-offs are bad for the game. Furthermore, contact with the players demeans the spirit of the gentlemen’s game.

“Sledging that amounts to no more than 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 added.

Richarson also went to explain the basics of the ball tampering. ICC CEO said that if a player is trying to alter the condition of the ball by use of an external substance, it is ball-tampering.

David Richardson, Ball Tampering
ICC looking to make the game more pristine. Credits: Getty

“Over the last few months, I have read comments from players requesting guidance what is allowed in relation to the ball. They have asked if they can chew gum, wear sunscreen or drink a sugary drink. To be brutally honest I find this a little disingenuous. The laws are simple and straightforward. Do not change the condition of the ball using an artificial substance,” he added.

“If you are wearing sunscreen, sucking a mint or chewing gum with the intent of using the cream or the sugary saliva on the ball you are ball-tampering,” David concluded.

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