End of batting powerplay?

Published on May 19, 2015 12:17:56 PM
Acknowledging that the balance had shifted too far in favour of batsmen in limited-overs format, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is all set to make a string of changes to the rules of the 50-overs game to redress the balance between bat and ball in favour of the fielding team.

Under the recommendations, fielding teams would no longer have an obligation to have two stationary fielders in catching positions in the first 10 overs of an innings.

The committee, chaired by former India captain Anil Kumble, also recommended the fielding captain be able to place five fielders outside the 27-metre circle rather than the existing four for the last 10 overs of the innings.

The batting powerplay, which allowed the fielding team to have only three players outside the 27-metre circle for five overs, only contributed to the inflated scoring.

The statement said the ICC would not impose a limit on the size of bats but would reiterate that boundaries must be set at the maximum size at international venues.

Among other recommendations were that all no-balls in limited overs cricket be followed by a free hit for the batsman, rather than, for no-balls where the bowler has overstepped the mark.

The committee also urged match referees to consider suspensions rather than fines for bowlers who repeatedly abused dismissed batsmen with a 'send off,' or for physical contact between opposing players.

The committee's recommendations will be considered by the ICC board during its annual conference in Barbados in June.