Arjuna says ICC ‘toothless’

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World Cup-winning former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga came down heavily on the International Cricket Council (ICC), calling the sport's world governing body ‘toothless’.

Instead of blaming the BCCI for the non-implementation of the controversial Decision Review System to avoid umpiring mistakes, Ranatunga turned his ire on the ICC.

"I am not blaming BCCI, but blaming ICC for not making DRS compulsory. They should not allow home countries to take decisions on the matter," he told PTI on the sidelines of Sri Lanka Tourism promotion event in Bangalore.

"They (the ICC) shout, but hardly bite. I have always said that they haven't changed. ICC should protect the game not individual countries on the DRS issue," he suggested.
Ranatunga said even if the Indian Board pushes the ICC into a corner, it should have the spine to take bold decisions and make it mandatory for all nations to use DRS.

"This system is the best thing that has happened to cricket in the last 20 years and I feel DRS should be adopted by all countries. We would have been better batsmen, bowlers and fielders if the DRS was there in our time," Ranatunga opined.

Ranatunga said Twenty20 has ruined cricket as it does not create technically sound players such as Sunil Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Gundappa Vishwanath, Mohammad Azharuddin or Dilip Vengsarkar.

"They are more concerned about playing the shorter version of the game, earning money, not playing for the country," he said.

"I still remember it was a great concern for us to get India out because they had quality batsmen like Rahul Dravid, Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly. Within four days we couldn't get them out.

"But now, we get to see a side folding up before lunch as it lacks technique. They are interested in hitting the ball rather than concentrating on technique," he argued.

"Without technique you cannot survive in Test cricket. India have very good hitters but they need to concentrate on technique," he said.
"Technique of first six Indian top batsmen, barring few, is abysmal. Australia, on the other hand, is an inexperienced side," he said.

Asked about Mahendra Singh Dhoni's captaincy, Ranatunga said nobody should comment on his leadership because he is the only Indian who has won two World Cups.

"I think India should allow Dhoni to captain," he said.

Ranatunga also said that he feels Test cricket would "die" if players like Sachin Tendulkar call it quits.

"If players like him (Tendulkar) don't play the longer version of the game, Test cricket will die. I pray to God he continues to play Test cricket. I was very happy to know he has retried from ODIs. For me Test is education and the shorter versions are entertainment," Ranatunga told PTI.

Ranatunga, who guided Sri Lanka to their first and only World Cup title in 1996, said Tendulkar still has a lot of cricket left in him.

Asked whether Sachin was on a comeback trail after scoring two centuries in domestic matches, Ranatunga said the Mumbaikar, despite being 39, is a much better player than some of the younger Indians.

"If he plays one good knock, I am sure he will play two-three years more without a problem," he said.
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  • lucky Friday, 22 February 2013 08:22 AM

    Now a days everyone are toothless. Money rules everything!!!!

    Ravi Friday, 22 February 2013 08:23 AM

    Dear Diywanna Jerome he fought on behalf every citizen of this country, purely for justice and right thing therefor do not criticize and expose your knowledge. Also please tell us what have you achieved in your lief up to now

    klk Friday, 22 February 2013 08:23 AM

    That's some courage, giving it to the Indians in their own backyard.

    Ceylonese Friday, 22 February 2013 08:35 AM

    T20 is not Cricket but a another sport which uses similar gears and equipment. Test Cricket is the real sport.

    Aruna Friday, 22 February 2013 07:10 AM

    You are my new hero

    Partial Friday, 22 February 2013 07:19 AM

    You go man, take it to the ICC, give it to them hard. The ICC are a bunch of dollar hungry idiots enjoying the dough from BCCI so bowing down to them.

    nalin Sunday, 24 February 2013 12:00 AM

    T20 is not cricket so lets call it Tricket!! via DM iPad app

    Rosh Friday, 22 February 2013 07:34 AM

    he is feckless..

    MagodisThuma Friday, 22 February 2013 07:49 AM

    Nowadays he's also toothless !.

    Diyawanna Jerome Friday, 22 February 2013 07:45 AM

    Yes, ICC' s ‘toothless’, that why Arjuna escaped when he challenged Umpires in Australia in public.

    sobers Friday, 22 February 2013 11:01 AM

    Arjuna a man with principles and good administrator of cricket, He is not only captain cool, he is clean too, MR should use his talents devoid of politics.

    zooma Sunday, 24 February 2013 12:00 AM

    you are a hero. we got a big loosing team of opposition to be fixed to fight s big game politics. what can you do in this needy hour of our nation via DM Android App


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