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Grieg urges India leadership

Tony Greig has used his 2012 Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture to urge cricket's global powerhouse, India, to show responsible leadership of the game.

Greig's robust and wide reaching speech was well received by more than 500 people in the Nursery Pavilion at Lord's.

India's role in cricket was the most discussed debate of the night, with Greig summarising his position as: "I believe most of the existing problems can be solved by India if it embraces the spirit of cricket and leads for world cricket, not just for India."

Among other topics, the former England and Sussex captain discussed:

his pride in playing a key role in the Kerry Packer World Series Cricket revolution
a belief that cricket in the 21st century is in 'reasonably good shape'
concern over a decline in the image of cricket; ICC's control over the game; the international calendar; gambling; DRS; governance; unequal resources; and India 'cherry picking the Woolf Report to increase its power'
optimism India can lead cricket in the Spirit of Cricket
concern over India's indifference towards Test cricket
his desire for a Test championship play-off on a four-year cycle
his passionate support for the Decision Review System
support for lie-detector tests as an option to battle corruption
his ideas for restructuring franchise T20 tournaments around the world
Greig was then joined by his former England teammate Derek Underwood and current star Stuart Broad for an entertaining panel session, hosted by Mark Nicholas.

The trio of players discussed topics which cropped up during the speech, with Broad supporting Greig's stance on lie detectors.

An intriguing debate also took place on walking, with Greig admitting he instructed his players not to walk against Australia - despite doing it in county cricket.


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