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Stump mics create an atmosphere: ICC CEO David Richardson

NEW DELHI: Cricket has endured a coarse year with regards to the behavior of players around the globe. The fresh advent of the stump microphones has only magnified the focal point at the on-field habits of players. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has backed the use of the stump microphones and one could also see the tool in operation in the upcoming World Cup in England.

"What we tell players is that if you want to say something that you don't want to be heard, then don't say it. Stump microphones have the ability to create an atmosphere. It can get tedious if it's kept on for a long period but some of the chatter is very informative," ICC CEO David Richardson informed NewsTread on Thursday.

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From Sandpapergate in March remaining year to Hardik Pandya's 'insensitive' remarks and Sarfraz Ahmed's racist comment in South Africa, the code of behavior for players has been debated hotly.

"I would like to believe we have had a bad period. But we have got stricter with our actions on breach of code of conduct. With cases like Hardik's, which was off the field, we leave the jurisdiction to the home board," the previous South Africa wicketkeeper mentioned. "If you see how cricket's being played in the last few years, it has been fantastic. The way Australia and India conducted themselves during the recent Test series was fantastic."

With the World Cup not far away, does the ICC plan to have sensitization periods with the participating teams? "As a protocol, we ensure both captains sit down before a bilateral series and get a rundown on the code of conduct," Richardson remarked.

Richardson also stressed out that the 10-team World Cup guarantees high quality and mentioned that the ICC is looking at world cricketing occasions as the pinnacle of the game. "We have just 40 countries playing this format of the game. It doesn't make sense to have half of them playing in the World Cup. T20 is the format we are looking at to globalizing the game," he mentioned.

The outgoing ICC CEO mentioned that the announcement of the ICC World Test Championship has helped in bringing cash into the structure. "Earlier, it looked like that ICC was busy marketing ODIs and T20Is. But there has been considerable interest in Test cricket from sponsors since the announcement of the Test Championship. The five-year deal with Coca-Cola is one such deal," Richardson discussed.

No progress in BCCI-Wada row

ICC has been looking to play the mediator between the Indian cricket board (BCCI) and the World Anti-doping Agency (Wada) to make BCCI compliant with Indian agency for dope keep an eye on, Nada, however there was no progress in the issue for the remaining four months. ICC has bid for the inclusion of ladies's cricket in the 2022 Commonwealth Games (CWG) which will need the participating teams to be totally Wada compliant. "We are still stuck at the same stage. Our bid hasn't been accepted yet. We have to wait till then," Richardson mentioned.

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