MCC open to changing rules of short-length bowling | Cricket News

LONDON: The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), guardian of the laws of the game, is open to changing the rules of short bowling after a “global consultation” on the subject.
The MCC World Cricket Committee recently met via video conference to discuss the issues facing the game.
“The committee heard that the MCC will embark on a global consultation on whether the short-delivery law is fit for the modern game,” the committee said in a statement on Monday.
“It is the duty of the MCC to ensure that the laws are enforced in a safe, consistent manner in all sports.
“As research into concussion in sport has increased dramatically in recent years, it is appropriate that MCC continues to monitor short bowling laws, as it does with all other laws.
The committee, headed by Mike Gatting and which also includes Kumar Sangakkara, Sourav Ganguly and Shane Warne, insisted on maintaining the balance between the bat and the ball.
“There are important aspects to take into account in the consultation, namely the balance between the bat and the ball; whether concussion should be recognized as an injury different from any other injury sustained; changes that are specific to particular sectors of the game – for example junior cricket and whether or not lower-order batsmen should be afforded additional protection than the laws currently allow.
“The committee discussed the law and was unanimous that short-length bowling is an essential part of the game, especially at the elite level. There have also been discussions of other aspects of the game at all levels that can mitigate the risk of injury.
“They have agreed to provide feedback during the consultation, which will begin with a survey to be distributed in March 2021 to specific groups identified to participate in the exercise.”
No decision in this area is expected before 2022.
“Data is to be collected from these stakeholders by the end of June 2021, after which the results will be discussed by various committees and sub-committees within the Club as mentioned above, as well as by the International Cricket Council. (ICC), during the second half of the year.
“The final proposal and recommendations, whether for a change of law or not, will be decided by the MCC Committee in December 2021, and any decisions will be published in early 2022.”
The committee also discussed the decision review system, in particular the “confusing” referee appeal.
“The committee debated the use of the ‘referee call’ for LBW decisions made through the decision review system, which some members found confusing to the viewing public, especially when the same ball could be either withdrawn or not withdrawn depending on the terrain. initial decision of the arbitrator.
“They felt it would be easier if the initial decision was ignored during the review, and there was a simple withdrawal or not, without appeal from the referee.
“The stumps’ strike zone would always be retained, which had to be hit by at least 50% of the ball for a takedown decision.
“If such a protocol were introduced, they felt that it should also include a reduction to an unsuccessful team exam, or for the relevant exam to be lost regardless of its outcome.
“Other members were satisfied with the current system, believing it to be important to retain the human element of the referee’s decision on the pitch, which takes into account the” benefit of the doubt “that exists in the decisions of the referees. referees for many years, and felt that supporters understood the concept of “referee call”.
“The MCC will share the different opinions with the ICC Cricket Committee,” he added.

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