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World cricket needs MS Dhoni as much as it needs Virat Kohli: David Richardson

International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive David Richardson speaking at the MCC’s 2018 Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture, said the world cricket needs players like Virat Kohli, but there has to be someone like Mahendra Singh Dhoni too.

“On the field the cricket needs its larger than life characters. Its Colin Milburns, Freddie Flintoffs, Shane Warnes, Virat Kohlis, Ben Stokes but we equally it needs its Frank Worrells, its Mahendra Singh Dhonis, its Rahul Dravids, its Colin Cowdreys to make sure that we all stay in the good side of that line,” Richardson said during his lecture.

The ICC Chief Executive in his speech at the MCC’s Colin Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s, touched upon the expressed his concerns about the amount of cheating and sledging in international cricket. He also said the current situation needs more initiative from the players and coaches.

“Personal abuse, fielders giving send-offs to batsmen who have been dismissed, unnecessary physical contact, players threatening not to play in protest against an umpire’s decision and ball tampering; this isn’t the version of our sport that we want to project to the world,” he said.

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