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Umpires can now give ‘red card’ to players for serious breaches of behaviour under new laws

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Umpires will now have the authority to send players off for their bad behaviour on the field. MCC have updated the laws of the game and as per the latest amendments, the on-field umpires, just like football referees, will command more respect after the introduction of this law, which will be used from October 1 2017.

“We felt the time had come to introduce sanctions for poor player behaviour and research told us that a growing number of umpires at grass roots level were leaving the game because of it,” John Stephenson, the MCC’s head of cricket, said.

“Hopefully these sanctions will give them more confidence to handle disciplinary issues efficiently, whilst providing a deterrent to the players.”

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