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Australia oppose total ban on sledging

Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
 
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Melbourne: After the acrimonious tour of Australia, BCCI has been pushing for a complete ban on sledging, however, Cricket Australia has said they would not support a total ban on it as the existing ICC code of conduct was good enough to deal with the issue.

''CA's position is that the ICC code of conduct already covers this issue,'' a CA spokesman was quoted as saying in The Herald Sun.

''A total ban on sledging had not been supported,'' he added.

The CA official said conflicts related to verbal abuse would be decided only on the basis of the existing code.

''The code makes it an offence to use language which is obscene, offensive or insulting. It is also an offence to make an obscene gesture,'' he said.

''The code, under level 2 offence details, also notes that the ICC acknowledges that there will be verbal exchanges between players during the course of play,'' he said.

''Instead of seeking to eliminate these entirely, umpires will look to lay charges when these exchanges fall below an acceptable standard,'' he added.

UNI

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