5th June 2017
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Following its annual meeting late in May, the International Cricket Council has recommended the adoption of a number of changes to be made to the Laws of cricket.
According to the recommendations, there will be restrictions in place on bat dimensions, changes will be made to the run-out rule and umpires will be empowered to send players of the field in case of serious incidents of misconduct.
With the new recommendations in place, the bat dimensions (the thickness of edges and depth of bat) will be – an edge limit of 40mm and bat depth of 67mm (60mm for the depth plus an allowance of 7mm for a possible curve on the face of the bat).
Also, the new approved Law changes recommend that a player will have made his or her ground when a bat bounces after being grounded behind the crease by a running or diving batter. This would mean that once a batter has landed the bat behind the crease, he/she will not be ruled run/stumped out even if the bails are dislodged when the bat bounces later.
If the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee approves these recommended changes, the new ICC playing conditions will come into effect from 1 October.
Anil Kumble, Chair of the Cricket Committee said: “We have adopted the majority of the new Laws of the game introduced by the MCC including the size of bats and this will help the balance between bat and ball.”
Regulating bat-thickness and edge-thickness
Striking a balance © Getty
This is a direct result of the need to strike a balance between bat and ball. The need to regulate bat-sizes has become an increasing cause of debate over the years. The rule will fix an upper limit to the thickness of the edge (40mm) and the depth or spine of the bat (67mm).
“Many of the top players’ bats have edges of between 38 and 42mm but there are some which have edges up to 50 mm,” the MCC had earlier said, and with the new rule such bats will not be allowed.
Sending off (red card system like in football) in cricket
Umpires will now be able to send off players, a la football © Getty
This is done with an intention to make the lower-grades of cricket a lot more disciplined. The law isn’t necessarily a way of change that will affect the international game. The red card was recommended only in cases of physical violence, that include threatening an umpire, physical assault of umpire, player or spectator or any other case of physical violence. The international games rarely see incidents of such extreme physical violence, but the members of the committee had insisted that it happens regularly in the lower levels.
Once the red card was given, the player would take no further part in the entire game, whether it is a multi-day game or single-day. The committee members felt that this law wouldn’t change the international game too much.