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November 25, 2013

Did the ICC overreact in its punishment of Clarke for sledging Anderson?


What Michael Clarke was heard saying on the stump microphone was not out of line. Cricket is in danger of becoming an over-policed game.


Players should not be allowed to abuse their opponents. A healthy environment is necessary on the field, to protect those who may be struggling with problems off it.


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November 28, 2013, 10:10 GMT


The media have once again caused a small incident to be magnified a million times. Players have always taunted each other ON the field but got together socially afterwards.

November 27, 2013, 7:00 GMT


Perhaps ICC over-reacted in the cricketing Universe. On the other hand, if someone makes a similar threat in the real world, they would probably end up in Jail.

November 26, 2013, 15:15 GMT


Its 50/50 because generally his intention was to sledge Anderson about how Johnson was going to make it uncomfortable for Anderson with how quick he is but his choice of words were the issue as he was promising harm to the other player which. I think there has got to be that line between banter and when comments potentially are getting to the point where they're not just a bit of stick and are getting offensive and I feel that what Clarke said was wrong because it was wishing a serious injury to Anderson.

November 26, 2013, 15:15 GMT


What happens on the field, stays on the field.

Warner should have been fined for his comment on Trott, as outside of the field of play such criticism of another player during a series is unwarrented. A bit of intimidation towards your opposition's best bowler, not a problem.

November 26, 2013, 14:59 GMT


yes,it was to be rectifeid because the same thing in UAE steyn done, whatever the umpires knows better...

December 2, 2013, 16:29 GMT


We need to remember that this has only been made into such a debate because the incident occurred near the stump microphone in the first place. There are plenty of such incidents which must occur elsewhere on the field and they are often forgotten about by both the fans and media. That being said, they should not be forgotten by the game's governing body. Just because the umpires cannot keep track of each similar event doesn't mean they shouldn't crack down on the incidents they do come across.

November 27, 2013, 8:33 GMT


i think sledging is one thing and literally attacking opponents on teh field and off teh field is way beyond normal...however the ICC reacted very moderately otherwise three aussies would have been fined and probably one english player as well..when it affects teh game more than the ball than it is time to take action...

November 27, 2013, 7:04 GMT


its correct /.....ICC done all right!!! No one hav a right to abuse his opponents on the field....

November 27, 2013, 1:46 GMT


No, not at all. The captain should not have intervened and should have calmed down the situation!

November 26, 2013, 14:29 GMT


No. But it's close. Threatening to break someone's arm is too much. Sledging can be witty, inventive, funny, annoying, lots of things, -even- aggressive and intimidating, but outright threats to bodily harm are over-the-top. Not sure if the fine was necessary - I'd have favoured the umpires reminding the players to play within the Spirit of Cricket and that there's a paying pubic of a variety of ages out there that are closely scrutinising how they go about their jobs.