We know where to draw the line, says Boucher on sledging

March 24th, 2008 - 10:58 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Harbhajan Singh

Chennai, March 24 (IANS) The International Cricket Council and the game’s most powerful board, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), might be working to stamp out sledging, but South African wicket-keeper Mark Boucher feels on-field chit-chat is part of the game and his side knows where to draw the line. Speaking to reporters here at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium ahead of the first Test match against India slated for Wednesday, Boucher was categorical when he said that if at all a player needed to sledge, then there was a “clever way” of doing it without evoking the ire of match referee.

“We have not received any briefing from the ICC regarding sledging. But we are a mature bunch of cricketers and know where to draw the line. In a way, it is difficult to separate sledging and cricket,” said Boucher after a net session.

The 31-year-old veteran who has played 111 Tests, however, side-stepped questions on Harbhajan Singh who was in the eye of the storm during the recent tour of Australia and was also involved in a couple of incidents when India toured South Africa last year.

“Both of us (Boucher and Harbhajan) are competitive cricketers,” was all Boucher said.

Looking forward to the first Test commencing here Wednesday, he said the Proteas have a balanced team and they are well prepared for the three-Test series.

Asked how the South Africans were coping with the hot and humid weather of Chennai, Boucher said they have played in similar conditions during their recent tour of Pakistan and Bangladesh.

“We have played quite a lot of cricket in the sub-continent. Obviously, it was lot more humid yesterday,” he said.

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