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It is reliably learnt that BCCI, the governing body of cricket in India, has agreed to completely abide by the ICC backed Decision Review System, which includes use of ball tracking, snickometer and hotspot to eliminate human error in judging appeals. In addition, the world’s richest cricketing body has also agreed to foot the bill for deploying these cutting edge technologies for the first three years during international fixtures.
In return, the BCCI expects the ICC to amend the laws relating to the simplest mode of dismissal of a batsman – that of being ‘clean bowled’. The changes to the law include:
* Any right handed opening batsman with more than 2 triple centuries in Test cricket and 1 double century in ODIs, will not be deemed out clean-bowled, unless the stumps are uprooted. The existing law says that it is enough if the bails are disturbed. Going forward, mere dislodging of bails will not be sufficient. At least one stump has to be uprooted.
* Any batsman, who has scored more than 100 international centuries will not be given out bowled, unless both off-stump and leg stump are uprooted at the same time. In essence, the middle stump and bails are being taken out of the equation. The laws applicable to middle stump will be similar to what happens during a free hit in ODIs. Even if the middle stump is uprooted, batsman can take runs and this will be added to the total. In addition, any bowler, who disturbs the middle stump of the said batsman two times or more during an innings, will be disqualified from bowling in the match again.
The ICC President, Mr. Alan Isaac, said his organization will be more than happy to incorporate these changes requested by the BCCI to reset balance in the game between bat and bowl and make it more of an even contest. He wistfully added that had these laws been amended earlier, many a great batsman would have extended their careers by a few more years, if not decades, and many a batting record, including one pertaining to the highest average in Test cricket that came agonizingly close to breaking the 100 runs/per innings barrier, would have been reset.
Other cricketing boards have also submitted their wish-list of reforms to strengthen the foundations of the gentleman’s game. The Australians want to outlaw LBW decisions against batsman with over 40 Test match hundreds. The Pakistan cricket board wants to do away with the cumbersome practice of displaying a cricketer’s age as it takes the focus away from the game itself.
English Cricket Board officials, on the other hand, are only interested in technology that will help replay text messages sent by players of South African origin.