Collingwood backs ECB's booze clampdown

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London, Sep 28 (UNI) England captain Paul Collingwood, who was fined 1000 pounds by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for visiting a lap-dancing club in Cape Town during the Twenty20 World Cup, now backs ECB's booze clampdown on English players.

Collingwood said, ''All the players know we have a responsibility.

''We accept the statement. All of us want to be role models for the kids and for a lot of people back home. We want to set the right example,'' he was quoted by the British media.

Collingwood's statment comes two days after ECB's new chairman Giles Clarke warning to England players that any poor behaviour on or off the field will not be tolerated - and could result in a suspension.

ECB's hardened stance comes after the occurence of a number of objectionable incidences involving the English players.

England all rounder Andrew Flintoff alongwith some other England players were involved in a similar incidence during the World Cup in Caribbean earlier this year.

The players indulged themselves in late night drinking in a night club two days prior to their vital match against Canada. All the players involved in the incidence were reprimanded and fined, while Flintoff was stripped of vice-captaincy.

The incidence resulted in bitterness between former ODI captain Michael Vaughan and Andrew Flintoff, with Vaughan even commenting that Flintoff's pedalo antics had adversely affected teams morale leading to a poor tournament for the English side.

UNI

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