Red cards for cricket on the cards

Cricketers could be ‘red-carded’ by umpires and forced to leave the ground while a match is in play from next October after recommendations made by the game’s lawmakers as a way to deal with ill-discipline.

The world cricket committee of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC, which governs the sport of cricket, has recommended removing a player from the field of play for threatening an umpire, physical assault or any other act of violence.

At the moment, match officials report players or incidents to the match referee after the day’s play.

“There was a survey done of the umpires and 40 percent said they are considering giving up the game or giving up umpiring because of verbal abuse,” former England captain Brearley told reporters at the Wankhede Stadium.

“Anecdotal evidence from people who are familiar with leagues in parts of England say that the behaviour has got worse.

“The umpires have to be respected and given the best possible chance and I think cricket is the only game in which there isn’t this possibility of an in-match punishment or deterrent.”

“It got to the state where something had to happen to prevent those things happening on the international stage,” former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, a member of the committee, said.

“The modern player now understands their role in society, about being role models, and want to play the game the right way for younger kids.”

The new law will be implemented worldwide across all levels of the game from October 1 next year, subject to approval by the MCC’s main committee.