Former Australian captain and Cricket Australia (CA) member –Mark Taylor, has revealed that the country’s Board is considering a ban on sledging or verbal taunting on the field following the ball-tampering row that has rocked Australian cricket.
The plot to tamper with the ball during the Cape Town Test badly tarnished the careers of David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, and Captain Steve Smith, as they were handed hefty suspension by the country’s board, which has now been thinking seriously about sledging ban.
On being asked if a ban on sledging was "a possibility", Taylor told broadcaster Channel Nine, “Absolutely. You are not going to stop people talking out on the field. Talking is one thing. Abusing, sledging... bullying, verbalizing whatever you want to call it is another thing. It's gone too far.”
At the beginning of the Test series in South Africa, Warner and Quinton de Kock were involved in a physical confrontation, which made huge headlines on the social media.
Reportedly, Kock's comment about Warner's wife forced the Australia opener to lose his patience and struck him. Later, reports were that the South African was sledged by Warner during the first Test.
Meanwhile, Taylor would not reveal the plans about the ban on sledging, saying, “That may or may not happen in a board meeting in three weeks' time that's not to be aired on national television.”
Even, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had also called for sledging to be banned, saying, “I think there has to be the strongest action taken against this practice of sledging. It has gotten right out of control. It should have no place.”