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Richardson: Spirit of cricket needs to be protected

Gurgaon – The Head of Cricket's World Body on Thursday

International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson, speaking just days after Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed was banned for four games, insisted, and will be taken over by misconduct and match-fixing.

Sarfraz was banned Sunday for making a racial slur against South Africa's Andile Phehlukwayo in Durban and has returned home from the tour.

Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft after they were caught taming the ball during a Test against South Africa and banned.

"Richardson told reporters in Gurgaon."

"The spirit of the cricket is something that we need to protect," he added.

Sri Lanka is at the center of a major corruption investigation and Richardson reiterated ICC efforts to disrupt crime gangs believed to be behind match-fixing attempts.

The ICC has urged Sri Lankan players and coaches to give evidence of corruption before an amnesty expires this month.

Sri Lankan Cricket has been at the center of allegations with a test against England last year.

Richardson said, "In the last few years," said Richardson.

"They are very good at reporting any approach they get.

"Now you're getting worse but it's because we're trying to do more than that," he added.

The former South African wicketkeeper is to stand down as ICC boss after this year's World Cup when it comes to take over.

Richardson said he was his focus.

"Finally we're convinced that there is a test league is required. I will be proud of."

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