Trevor Bayliss Warns ICC And Calls Cricket ‘Sweet’ And ‘Innocent’
England Head Coach Trevor Bayliss has warned the International Cricket Council (ICC) to exempt talented all-rounder Ben Stokes or it might make cricket too boring for the fans to watch.
While calling a cricket “sweet and “innocent”, Bayliss urged the ICC to look into the matter of Stokes keenly and make the game entertaining in itself while giving [Stokes] some kind of leverage, otherwise, it would lose its “characters” and “personalities”.
Stokes, who finds sympathy from his coach, had been the great find for England while delivering the results for the English side, but he needs to stay calm and composed to thwart any problem as international cricket body has overlooked the matter in past.
“I think he’s improving. And at times ICC are almost looking for things, I agree that things have been out of hand in the past, and we don’t want it to go overboard,” Bayliss was quoted by Mirror.co.uk.
Bayliss, who spoke for the Stokes, feels the ICC should give a free side to the players as they run high on their emotions during the games.
“I don’t know who was the last overseas player to score a hundred and take a five-for in a Test series over here – especially a pace bowler. That wouldn’t have been done too many times – that’s a feather in his cap.” Bayliss said.
While receiving many send-offs, Stokes, who most probably might be going through worst of the nightmares, has been involved in the verbal exchange during the recent past. And the recent spat with Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli in Mohali Test has been added to another misery to his name.
After the frustrations remained so high during the ongoing series in the England camp, Kohli showed some maturity to avoid any untoward incident during the game as the match officials were watching it [game] closely.
On the first day of the third test, the incident took place when Stokes responded to Indian teams’ celebration after his dismissal while making inappropriate comments on the field.
“I think the send-off was probably the way it was. But he’s got to learn to deal with it in a different way, or get away with it a bit better,” Bayliss added.
In the recent past, Bangladesh’s star all-rounder, Shakib Al Hasan and Marlon Samuels of the West Indies has given perfect send-offs to the Stokes.
After the first ODI against Bangladesh on October 10, 2016, Stokes found himself in the middle of a verbal spat with Bangladeshi players over an on-field issue.
While being on the Caribbean tour in 2015, during the second Test in Grenada, Marlon Samuels in a similar fashion mocked a salute after Stoke’s dismissal.
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