Ban on sledging to make game boring: Clark

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{image-stuart clarke_25032008.jpg}Sydney, Mar 25: The International Cricket Council's (ICC) zero tolerance crackdown on sledging will be a tough task for the umpires and will make the game ''very boring'', Australian fast bowler Stuart Clark said.

The ICC announced a ban on sledging and as part of its campaign, the governing body sent a letter to international match officials, captains and chief executives, calling for support for their decision.''It's going to be a hard one to police because there are going to be times when people are going to be talking and it's going to be misconstrued or taken the wrong way,'' he said on Sydney radio station 2KY.''It (sledging) has been part of the game for so long now. How are we going to remove something that has been so much part of the game,'' he said.

''Put it this way. It's going to be very boring for six hours if you can't talk to one another and can't do anything like that.

What is a sledge and what's not a sledge is my big question there,'' he added.

The 32-year-old pacer said the game would become a little boring with the restrictions coming in and added that the new rule could be misused by the players.

''If the umpire doesn't hear it (a comment), there's going to be a lot of dobbing going on,'' he said.

However, he claimed that he will support the move to eradicate racial remarks from the game.

''There are obviously times and I think we've seen this summer when it has been over the top. The racial and the political and all that sort of stuff needs to be removed from the game and I'm totally for that, '' he said.

''I can't say what they are thinking (with the new rules) but the removing of sledging completely from the game of cricket is going to be detrimental to the game,'' the pacer added.


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