Boycott squarly blames ICC for sledging

Published: Wednesday, August 1, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Livid at 'lesser players' getting into wordy and, on occasions, even the physical duels these days, former England opener Sir Geoffery Boycott blamed the International Cricket Council for failing to stop sledging.

Both the English and Indian players have been involved in on-field spats more often than not during the Lords and Trent Bridge Tests and Boycott, known for having a purist's approach towards the game, lashed out at the trend calling for its end.

''The ICC are to blame for not telling umpires to be much firmer with the players,'' Boycott told BBC Radio Five.

''They are the guardians of the game, they run it,'' he added.

Fast bowler S Sreesanth was fined 50 per cent of his match fees for shouldering rival skipper Michael Vaughan. The same bolwer occasionally charged at batsmen and also hurled a beamer at Kevin Pietersen. The Englishmen weren't sparing either and Zaheer Khan accused the fielders of spilling jelly beans in front of him when he was batting.

''You bowl a beamer, it can slip out of your hands, he said sorry and I accept that. You can be cynical and say he meant it but I don't accept that.

''What I don't accept is when he runs a yard through the crease, that's deliberate, and the umpire should have got hold of the captain straight away and said I'm not having it, if he does it again he's off, he's not bowling again,'' he said.

Boycott revealed that he was never subjected to it during his time as Test batsman.

''With verbals, I ask myself why do people carry on abusing players when they're batting,'' he said.

''It can only be because they are frustrated they can't get him out because he is batted in, or they think he's a new batsman they're not going to get out and they want to upset him.

''I never had it in my day and I faced some of the greatest bowlers there has ever been. I faced the great West Indians (Joel) Garner, (Michael) Holding, (Malcolm) Marshall and (Colin) Croft and (Andy) Roberts and I never had one abusive word off them.

''They won as champions and they were champions. They would knock your block off and get you out but they would never abuse you. So why do these lesser players think they can do it,'' he asked.


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