ICC chief executive Dave Richardson spoke on a host of issues at the naming of the official timekeeper for next year’s World Cup.
On ICC’s crackdown
We reached a stage where too many bowlers were starting to bend the rules — excuse the pun. And the cricket committee backed up by the ICC board decided that action needed to be taken. I really think that bowlers who have been reported are doing the right thing by working on their actions to come back as legal bowlers. And also the message is out there loud and clear to teams that don’t mess, don’t pick players who have got suspicious actions.
On Harbhajan’s action
At one stage his (Harbhajan Singh) action came under a bit of scrutiny. He did a fantastic job in adapting his action to make sure that he was now bowling legally.
On corruption in cricket
Corruption in any sport is a big challenge these days. Cricket has led the way in that fight against corruption. The measures that have been put in place for this year’s cricket World Cup are probably the most stringent than ever before.
On measures to tackle it
For the first time, partnerships have been struck between ICC and the law enforcement agencies in both Australia and New Zealand. Our anti-corruption unit doesn’t have its own police investigatory powers but when we team up with the likes of the Australian Federal Police and New Zealand Police then that gives us the arms in our necks. And I can assure the people that if anybody is planning on trying to fix matches or trying to associate with players at this year’s event they will find it very difficult indeed.
On Aamir’s early return
The PCB has written to us regarding Muhammed Aamir. But there is a process to be followed. Interviews need to be conducted with the player involved to establish his state of mind and how he has progressed. And things will be taken from there. So it’s not going to be a short process but one which will require our attention.
On the new ODI rules
It has led to more attacking cricket. Yes we do see it is quite difficult for bowlers at some stages of the game specially on flat wickets. But we think that the conditions in Australia will provide a perfect balance between bat and ball. What we do find is that even spin bowlers who might be a little bit petrified at the fielding restrictions sometimes are having a lot of success in the one-day games.