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International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson has warned players to keep their tempers in check ahead of the World Cup.
Richardson’s comments come after Australia opener David Warner was fined 50 per cent of his match fee for verbally abusing India batsman Rohit Sharma.
Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe recently said that a yellow and red card system should be introduced, but Richardson feels that the current protocol of fining players is just as good.
“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,” he told icc-cricket.com. “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 they are much more proactive in terms of policing behaviour on the field and – when players do overstep 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 message is delivered loud and clear.”