DUBAI – Chief Executive of International Cricket Council (ICC) David Richardson said that Cricket World Cup 2015 will be bigger and better than ever.
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson believes that “there has been no stone left unturned” as preparations continue ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, but stressed the need for players to remember their responsibilities to uphold the sport’s integrity at all times.
In an exclusive TV interview with the ICC, the former South Africa wicketkeeper also shared his views and hopes ahead of the sport’s pinnacle 50-over tournament, having worked in the role of ICC General Manager – Cricket in each of the previous three tournaments (2003, 2007 and 2011).
In a candid and wide-ranging interview, Mr Richardson, who featured in the Proteas squad that reached the semi-finals of the competition the last time the event was staged by Australia and New Zealand, in 1992, believes that this will be the best World Cup to date.
And on the eve of the 11th edition of the tournament, Mr Richardson has also strongly reinforced the ICC’s expectations on player behaviour and maintaining the game’s integrity at all times, on and off the field of play.
“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 accept abilities. 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 behavior on the field and when players do over-step the mark, taking appropriate action.
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