Restoring the balance

Published on May 23, 2015 00:42:42 AM
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The scenes of fielding captains looking helpless in the end overs of an innings are aplenty nowadays. With batsmen carving the bowlers for fours and sixes all over ground, there is not much left for bowlers or captains to do. This approach of batsmen has compounded the influence of T20s.

The ICC Technical Committee, under the chairmanship of Anil Kumble, has proposed to ease the rules in favour of bowlers to restore the shifting balance between bat and ball

This is solely due to prevailing rules in the game of cricket favouring batsmen in large. Batsmen have become innovative with things like 'switch shot and scoop, while bowlers’ hands have been tied down with many restrictions. The new field restrictions, under which the bowling captain is allowed just four players outside the 30-yard circle for the entire innings in ODIs, are making life miserable for bowlers.

But now, there is a breather. The ICC Technical Committee, under the chairmanship of Anil Kumble, has proposed to ease the rules in favour of bowlers to restore the shifting balance between bat and ball. 

The Cricket Committee will recommend to the Chief Executives Committee that there should be three changes to the ODI fielding restrictions: scrapping the requirement to have two compulsory catchers in the first 10 overs, removing the batting powerplay; and allowing five fieldsmen, instead of four, outside the circle from overs 41-50.

Adding to this, the current rule of allowing two bouncers for one over brings back the balance. The present boundaries too are very small than their usual size. Most of the mishits were carried over the fence. And the boundary sizes are being reduced at every stadium.

Apart from the rules, Kumlbe & Co also sought reports on the use of helmets for the players’ safety. The possibility of Day/Night Tests with pink ball and use of the DRS system are the other major topics of discussion.  All in all, it is heartening to note that ICC has taken steps to restore the balance.