Joe Root supports Martin Crowe’s call for Football-like card system in cricket

Shashi / 21 January 2015

New Zealand legend Martin Crowe‘s call for a football-like card system to curb misbehaviour in cricket on field was supported by England batsman Joe Root. Joe Root has been on the receiving end of Australian opening batsman David Warner’s blazing temper. David Warner’s increasing status as a dynamic batsman has conflicted with his growing affection to get involved in on-spot spats, making him a regular guest to the match referee’s room.

Sport24 reported that on Sunday David Warner’s latest spat with India‘s Rohit Sharma made him to pay half of his match fee and a rebuke from his own cricket board (Cricket Australia), who have asked the opener to “stop looking for trouble”. Martin Crowe had claimed that there is an increasing concern that David Warner’s thuggish attitude has gone too far. He also added that soon one day, it would lead to an incident that would taint the match for good.

Martin Crowe had stated that one has to take the offenders out of the match for enlarged periods. He also added that 2yellow cards should result in a red card, which should disallow any cricketer for next six months. Joe Root, who was famously punched by Warner in a bar in 2013, felt Martin Crowe’s proposal made a lot of sense. He said that at the minute, people are not happy with the way people are behaving themselves on the ground. He questioned that if that is going to sort it out then why should they not do it.

Joe Root said that one is out there to either make runs or take wickets and added that if that is not a cricketer’s main concentration then one is not doing their squad a full service. He added that it is about reciprocal respect for each other.


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