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ICC’s David Richardson warns sledging will not be tolerated at World Cup

• Chief executive: too many players overstepping the boundary
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Sledgers beware, the International Cricket Council will be on your case at the World Cup. The ICC chief executive David Richardson warned of the world governing body’s commitment to crackdown on suspect bowling actions and its confidence that the scourge of match-fixing will not blight the tournament.

Speaking less than four weeks before the World Cup gets under way in Australia and New Zealand, Richardson stressed there is a strict disciplinary policy against “disrespectful” player behaviour. He is satisfied that current protocol is effective, but said the ICC will allow little leeway.“Over the last six months, or even going back further to the last Ashes series, there have been too many examples of player behaviour going too far and overstepping the boundaries of acceptabilities,” he told icc-cricket.com. “The amount of sledging and disrespect shown by players to each other was bad.

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