ICC chief praises Alastair Cook

Krishna Chopra / 02 June 2016

He might not be as dashing or elegant as some of the stars around, but he surely knows what it takes to succeed at the highest level. The man under observation is none other than England’s test skipper Alastair Cook.

Cook has been a great servant of English cricket and recently created history by becoming the youngest batsman in terms of age to amass 10,000 test career runs.

Cook has led England with great success and currently, his team seems to be peaking as a unit. On the field, Cook doesn’t seem to be the liveliest of individuals, but his characteristics as a leader are well on the money.

With England already defeating Sri Lanka in the home test series, Cook has just added another feather in his cap.

The England test captain was praised by Dave Richardson, chief executive of the ICC. Richardson hailed Cook for his leadership skills and abilities. “I like the fact he’s not in the Gayle, Warner or McCullum mold,” Richardson said.

“He’s a more traditional opening batsman, as we’ve known them to be. “It’s a good example to young cricketers that you don’t have to hit every second ball out of the park to be successful.”

Richardson added that Cook deserved all the credits since he was succeeding at the highest level of the game. “If we want to make sure the best players are playing international cricket, we have to make sure that our members are in a position to reward and incentivise their players to play all formats,” Richardson said.

“That boils down to a funding model that provides the members with the means to do just that.

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