ICC's Richardson backs under-fire MS Dhoni; brings up IPL's advantages

Jan 07, 2013, 07:37 IST | IANS

Dave Richardson, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the International Cricket Council (ICC) has backed under-fire Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni saying that he "marvelled" at the amount of workload he handled

Dhoni has been the subject of criticism from the Indian media and former cricketers for the team’s dismal run since winning the 2011 World Cup.

Dave Richardson

“The only way you judge a ’keeper is by how much he misses and Dhoni doesn’t miss too much. In fact, I have always marvelled at his work load, the fact that he is batting at No 6, captaining and keeping wickets,” Richardson told reporters here. He praised Dhoni for staying calm in pressure situations. “I think that he has exceptional talent. He also stays calm with his job. He is a good captain and he should remain at the helm,” said the former South African wicketkeeper.

Richardson also came out in support of the Indian Premier League (IPL), saying that its positives clearly outweigh the negatives. “The IPL has more positives than negatives. The skills developed in all three departments of the game, adds to the skills of the international players.” Speaking about the formulation of other T20 leagues, Richardson said they needed to be regulated and run professionally. “At the moment, we have our working group looking at the possible regulations regarding domestic T20 leagues. But the organisers need to understand that if they are to survive they need to be professionally run,” he said.

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