London: With the fourth cricket Test between India and England to begin today at Old Trafford in Lancashire, the International Cricket Council (ICC), the sport’s governing body, has said that it will aim to clamp down on the level of verbal abuse between players of both sides.
According to The Mirror, cricket chiefs are reportedly embarrassed by revelations that England fast bowler Jimmy Anderson referred to India skipper MS Dhoni as a “f***ing fat c**t” at Trent Bridge during the first Test.
The ICC has now said that it will take steps to enforce the code of conduct more strictly so players obey umpires when are asked to tone things down.
There is a new match referee in place for the two remaining Tests between the two sides. Sri Lanka’s Ranjan Madugalle has taken over from Australia’s David Boon.
He is reportedly keen to make sure swearing is kept to a minimum, and added that it is up to the umpires to step in where necessary.
He said there should be a global standard where umpires and players know what’s acceptable, and said that applying changes to the code of conduct will take time.