Stop the gimmickry to save ODI cricket
Yesterday, it was revealed that Cricket Australia had the latest and greatest plan to revive ODI cricket
It includes "double gaaji"
for a select player, bowlers allowed to bowl 2 bouncers per over, flexibility on leg-side wides, limiting the number of fielders outside the 30 yard circle, requiring a team to only field a minimum of 4 bowlers, etc.
Except for the 2 bouncer per over change, the rest of the rules are all biased in favour of batsmen. If a team is only expected to field a minimum of 4 bowlers, and the rules are increasingly in favour of batsmen, sides will pack their side with quasi all-rounders.
Instead, the actual changes that the administrators need to make to 'save' ODI cricket are:
- Eliminate meaningless ODI series.
- Revamp the playing conditions to deal with weather-induced delays better.
- Remove limitations on the number of overs a bowler can bowl.
- Remove all field restrictions.
- Change the ICC playing conditions to enable boundaries to be 70-75 yards away from the centre of the pitch irrespective of square or straight boundaries. The current requirement is 65 yards (square) and 70 yards (straight).
Labels: australia, odi, playing conditions, rules