Not pleased with Bangalore Royal Challengers captain Kevin Pietersen’s dissent on an umpiring decision, Indian Premier League Chairman Lalit Modi has asked players to behave like role models and uphold the spirit of cricket.
“Every incident in IPL is being closely monitored … We have a zero-tolerance policy on player indiscipline and will take all necessary steps to ensure that the game is played in the true spirit of cricket,” Modi said after Pietersen was let off with a warning for showing dissent on Australian umpire Simon Taufel’s LBW decision against him in an IPL match against Chennai Super Kings.
“Cricketers need to realise that they are huge role models for an entire generation of youth and it is crucial for youngsters all over the world to learn the values of this great game and the spirit in which it should be played.
“The eyes of the world are on the DLF Indian Premier League and we want to see cricket, and the spirit of cricket, at its best,” he said.
The displeasure notwithstanding, Modi said he would hoping that both Pietersen and Chennai’s Andrew Flintoff return for the the knock-out stages of IPL if their franchises advance that far.
“We would like to hope they can make it back and we will try to work it out. But at the end of the day it’s a decision between them and the ECB,” he was quoted as saying by ‘The Guardian’.