Martin Crowe's Cowdrey lecture
Martin Crowe, the brilliant New Zealand all-time great batsman, and a personal favourite
, delivered the 2006 Cowdrey 'Spirit of Cricket' lecture
Last year's lecture was delivered by Geoff Boycott
. The 2001 lecture was delivered by Richie Benaud, the 2002 lecture was by Barry Richards, the 2003 one by Sunil Gavaskar and the 2004 lecture was delivered by Clive Lloyd.
Crowe, who has previously expressed his views on the ICC tweaking around with one-day cricket
, felt that Hawkeye's role in cricket needed to be re-assessed and use it in a consistent manner, across countries. He suggested that the ICC could 'own' Hawkeye and then 'provide' it to broadcasters. Clearly he didn't read the Wisden Group's media release of a month ago
when it announced that it had bought over the Hawk-Eye technology.
He then went on to ask for umpires to be helped in adjudicating no-balls by either scrapping the front-foot no-ball rule or allowing the TV umpire to call front-foot no-balls. He also called for chucking to be determined by umpires, using the naked eye, rather than using tolerance levels of 15°
. He also asked for the ICC's elite panel of umpires to be expanded, chosen purely on merit, regardless of their nationality and get all the umpires (two on-field and one third umpire) to share the duties.
Interestingly enough, this is an idea I propounded on my personal blog nearly 21/2 years ago
where I in fact suggested that all four umpires, including the reserve umpire, should share duties. I'm happy that I was two years ahead of Martin Crowe :)
Crowe also made his point on ensuring sufficient rest between tours, injuries, player burn-out and meaningless games. He asked for tours to henceforth constitute three tests, three one-dayers and three Twenty20 games. He also wanted Zimbabwe and Bangladesh to be thrown out of international cricket, which'd go a long way in reducing the amount of international cricket played.
You can listen to the lecture online
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