'Red' and 'yellow' cards in cricket could be considered: ICC chief

WION Web Team Kolkata, West Bengal, India Apr 27, 2018, 06.10 PM(IST)

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has asked an internal panel to suggest harsher punishment for ball-tampering and other misbehavior by players in its bid to establish a "culture of respect", chief executive Dave Richardson said on Thursday. Photograph:( ANI )

Dave Richardson, chief executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC) has asked an internal panel to suggest some harsh punishments to the players for misbehaving and cheating on the field.

In a recent media interaction, Richardson said that the punishment for misbehaviour and cheating were inadequate and the rules to check the code and conduct of players must get strengthen.

Richardson indicated the recent ball-tampering saga which was revealed last month when Australia men's cricket team was touring South Africa and were defeated by the hosts in the Test series

During the third Test at Cape Town, Cameron Bancroft was found guilty of altering the condition of the ball by using sandpaper in order to ‘reverse swing’ the ball.

The incident was caught in various cameras on the ground. Bancroft and Smith accepted that they were involved in the ball tampering mess and eventually punishments followed and with it came the tears- live on TV.

ICC had given one day ban to former Australian captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and Cameron Bancroft for their involvements in the ball-tampering scandal.

On the other hand, 12 months bans were handed out to Smith and Warner and also a 9-month ban was handed out to the main culprit Cameron Bancroft.

ICC's Cricket Committee, chaired by former India captain Anil Kumble, will review the current ICC code of conduct and recommend suitable punishments for rogue behaviour.

Borrowing soccer's red and yellow cards and handing out instant punishment would be considered, though Richardson was sceptical about the idea of using cards. He further said that currently, under the existing laws the, however, the umpire has the authority to mark a penalty for 5 runs on the team breaking the rules.

Richardson said it could prove a major step towards cricket's Olympic inclusion at the 2028 Games in Los Angeles.