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Subject: ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) to discuss yellow card idea

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/12/08 at 11:00 am

From BBC Cricket

The England and Wales Cricket Board is to discuss the idea of using yellow cards in a bid to curb bad behaviour.

Sledging is thought to be one of many subjects on the agenda at a meeting on Wednesday between the ECB and the MCC, the controllers of the laws of cricket.

The card idea is set to be trialled at minor county and club level next term.

"It could be in the first-class game," ECB chief Giles Clarke told The Times. "Though cricket at that level is mainly self-policed, abuse has to be stopped."

Clarke is thought to be keen to address to issue, and pointed to rugby as an example of unsportsmanlike behaviour being dealt with.

"Jack Simmons and Mike Griffith (chairman of the ECB and MCC cricket committees respectively) are very concerned," he said. "A rugby player is sent off the field for 10 minutes, one eighth of the game, and a cricketer could go off for 12 overs."

Other proposals, such as the use of pink balls instead of white in one-day matches, could still come to fruition having been trialled at Lord's last summer. 

"All innovations, such as pink balls, are trialled first," Clarke said.

MCC spokesman Neil Priscott explained that although the ECB has asked for the approval of the club, it could still implement the yellow cards without it.

"MCC are the guardians of the laws of the game," he told BBC Sport.

"However, in practice, an idea like yellow cards would not be driven by the MCC and would be a form of playing regulation, it wouldn't be in the laws of the game.


Subject: Re: ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) to discuss yellow card idea

Written By: Bobo on 11/12/08 at 11:17 am

Yellow-cards for sledging? Now you know why they don't play cricket during the winter. Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas!

Subject: Re: ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) to discuss yellow card idea

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/12/08 at 11:19 am

The yellow cards introduced in time for The Ashes next year?

Subject: Re: ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) to discuss yellow card idea

Written By: Bobo on 11/12/08 at 11:24 am

Maybe. I'm slightly worried that we'll get thrashed again but never mind. Botham on the other hand is saying that we might stand a chance of winning - I would be interested to see that happen - Steve Waugh on the other hand is predicting a 5-0 whitewash for the Aussies.

Subject: Re: ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) to discuss yellow card idea

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/15/08 at 1:34 pm


Maybe. I'm slightly worried that we'll get thrashed again but never mind. Botham on the other hand is saying that we might stand a chance of winning - I would be interested to see that happen - Steve Waugh on the other hand is predicting a 5-0 whitewash for the Aussies.
The only thing we can predict is the weather, and that could an advantage for us.

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