Timer clocks to prevent time wasting, free hits in Tests: Suggestions by MCC committee

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 13, 2019UPDATED: March 13, 2019 11:08 IST The MCC also floated the idea of using one standard ball across all countries (Lord’s Cricket Ground Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMCC World Cricket Committee suggested that timer clocks be used during Test matchesThe panel also suggested that free hits be awarded to the batsman in case of no-ballsThey also floated the idea of using one standard ball in the format across all countriesThe Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) council on Tuesday suggested a few radical changes in the longest format of the game to curb the problem of slow over-rates.The MCC’s World Cricket Committee suggested that timer clocks be used during Test matches along with a host of other changes in the traditional and oldest format of the sport to make it more exciting for the fans and players.The future of the longest format of the game has been a subject of debate amid dwindling crowds for test matches outside Australia and England.A recent survey by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the sole authority on the laws of cricket since it was founded in 1787, found an overwhelming 86 percent of fans still identified test cricket as their preferred format.However, the survey also covered some of the key challenges in increasing attendances at ground and viewership of test matches and said players needed to show more urgency to speed up play with slow over rates being a key concern.International Cricket Council (ICC) statistics from last May showed that over rates in the last year were the lowest in the 11 years that they had been measured, the MCC said.- A timer, to be shown on the scoreboard, to count down from 45 seconds from the call of “Over”. (This would be increased to 60 seconds for a new batsman on strike and 80 seconds for a change of bowler). If either side is not ready to play when the clock reaches zero, they would receive a warning, with further infringements in that innings resulting in five Penalty runs being awarded to the opposition. This is consistent with Laws 41.9 (Time wasting by the fielding side) and 41.10 (Batsman wasting time).advertisement- A similar timer to be used at the fall of wickets, potentially with variable times, depending on the distance from the dressing rooms to the pitch, and at drinks breaks. Batsmen and fielders should be in position before the clock reaches zero.- During DRS reviews, the standard protocol should be cut short as soon as the TV production team is aware that it will be Not out. For example, time is often spent trying to discern an inside edge for LBWs, only to see, for example, that the ball was missing the stumps. As soon as the ball tracking has been loaded, if it will result in a Not out decision, the TV umpire should be informed immediately.The MCC committee also suggested that free hits be awarded to the batsman in case the bowler over-steps the crease, just like the rule in limited-overs cricket.”The MCC World Cricket committee recommends that Free Hits should be introduced after No balls in Test matches. The system is used in the white-ball formats and the added deterrent results in there being fewer No balls than in Tests.”For example, England recently had a spell of 45 ODIs without bowling a No ball, yet they bowled eleven in the three Test series against the West Indies. The system would not only be exciting for crowds when there was a Free Hit, but also it would help to speed up over rates, if fewer No balls are bowled,” read the MCC release.The MCC Cricket Committee, which comprises of Sourav Ganguly, Vince van der Bijl, Shakib Al Hasan, Shane Warne, Mike Gatting and Kumar Sangakkara, also floated the idea of using one standard ball in the format across all countries. Currently the SG, Kokkaburra and Dukes are used in all the Test playing nations around the globe.”You take on board what people like Virat Kohli and others say about what sort of ball they like. And one would have to say that the Dukes ball has come up, and people have said that as a standard ball, maybe that’s what we should be looking to get and play with.”Because it seems to have given a better balance for batsmen and bowlers even on flatter wickets. I think we should be listening to the players about this. It’s not what I think, it’s the players. They’re going to play with it. And they’ve spoken out and they would like to see a standardised ball and it might well be a Dukes ball,” MCC member Mike Gatting said.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow MCCFollow Marylebone Cricket ClubFollow Test cricketFollow MCC World Cricket CommitteeFollow Sourav GangulyFollow Shane WarneFollow Kumar Sangakkara Timer clocks to prevent time wasting, free hits in Tests: Suggestions by MCC committeeInternational Cricket Council (ICC) statistics from May 2018 show that over rates in the last year were the lowest in the 11 years they had been measured.advertisementlast_img

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