MCC SHOULD CONSIDER LIMITING DIMENSIONS ON BAT SIZES: ICC COMMITTEE

 

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The ICC Cricket Committee, chaired by former Indian leg spinner Anil Kumble, has suggested that Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) should strongly consider limiting the dimensions of bats to restore the balance between bat and ball.

 

High scoring T20s and ODIs on regular basis and even the mishits from batsmen landing over the ropes with ease have been a cause of concern for the experts who feel that cricket is increasingly becoming a batsman’s game. Following a two-day meeting at Lord’s, the headquarters of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the ICC Cricket committee chaired by Kumble issued a statement saying it wanted MCC, (the laws and rule makers of Cricket) to clampdown on bat sizes with too much of sweet-spot.

 

While there are limitations on bat length and width but none currently exist on depth. The committee’s view was that “MCC should strongly consider limiting the dimensions of cricket bats to help achieve a better balance in the game”.

 

The committee comprises of former international captains and legends like Rahul Dravid, Mahela Jayawardene, Andrew Strauss along with former Indian all-rounder and a well known commentator Ravi Shastri also expressed concerns that a lot of batsmen are not using helmets which conform to British Safety Standard (BSS).

 

The last ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand witnessed 38 hundreds, 463 Sixes and two double centuries by an individual batsman (Chris Gayle & Mrtin Guptill). The committee received a research paper from MCC citing a wealth of scientific and statistical evidence showing bats have become more powerful in recent years, due to having larger sweet-spots and to go with the smaller boundaries.

 

 

 


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