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Richardson issues warning

January 20, 2015 17:58:33 UK

World cricket chief Dave Richardson has warned players about their on-field conduct ahead of next month’s World Cup.

This week saw Australian David Warner become the latest cricketer to be reprimanded for unbecoming behaviour to an opponent when he was fined 50 per cent of his match fee for an altercation with India’s Rohit Sharma.

And on the eve of the 11th 50-over World Cup, International Cricket Council chief executive Richardson has reinforced the ICC’s expectations on player behavior.

“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 acceptability,” Richardson said.

“The amount of sledging and disrespect shown by players to each other was bad. Since then, we have done a lot of work with our Umpires and Match Referees to ensure that they are much more pro-active in terms of policing behaviour on the field and when players do over-step the mark, taking appropriate action.

“Over the last three or four months you have seen 12 ICC Code of Conduct charges laid against people for exactly that; disrespectful behaviour on the field.

“For the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, it will be no different and at all pre-event briefings with the teams, the Match Referees will be making sure that that message is delivered loud and clear.”

The World Cup begins on February 14 when England take on hosts Australia at the MCG.

Australia are 1.40 to win their first pool match at the World Cup against England, who are 3.00.

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