How to avoid the C-word: ‘Cricket Leinster’ gets new name as ICC revamps its rules
New rules on how players can be labelled have been rolled out in the ICC, after a number of high-profile cases involving players.
Cricketer Brendon McCullum was recently suspended for one game after the World Cricket Board (WCC) found him guilty of breaching the anti-doping code, while James Anderson and Chris Woakes both had their ban reduced to one-match.
Players who have been involved in anti-competition or anti-corruption matters have had their bans reduced, while players who have already been cleared have not been banned at all.
In a statement, the ICC said that the new rules “add a layer of complexity to the existing framework, and it is not in the spirit of the rules to alter the existing rules”.
It added that the ICC would be working with all relevant stakeholders, including the WCC, to review the proposed changes.
However, some of the new rule changes will still affect players in other sports.
Cricbuzz understands that the changes will apply to rugby union, while the changes to cricket have been limited to the World Twenty20, which takes place this summer.
This will not affect other sports, including cricket, where the rules are set out by the ICC.
In the statement, ICC chairman Greg Dyke said that while there were some differences between cricket and other sports in terms of the types of offences and punishments that are subject to being dealt with under the new anti-bribery and anti-contraception laws, the overall principle remains the same.
“We are making the change to address the current lack of clarity in the anti‑competition and anti‑corruption rules,” Dyke added.
“The changes are designed to make the game more accessible for all.
The new rules will make it easier for players to understand the changes, and make it harder for those who may be involved in illicit conduct to evade the penalties.”
It is important that the rules remain simple and easy to understand, as the new and updated anti-abuses and anti‐contraceptics act will ensure that the game remains accessible for the millions of people who play it every day.
“It is understood that while the ICC was keen to avoid any conflict with the WBC, the WCA is still the only international governing body with an anti-competitive code, which it will enforce in its bid to become a major sporting body in 2024.
A WBC spokesperson said it had no comment to make at this stage.