5 changes which can bring transparency to Cricket
While the ICC is tearing their hair apart regarding the portion of the ball hitting the stumps for validating an LBW decision, there are a few other changes that may be implemented for the betterment and simplification of the game.
Leg Before Wicket (LBW)
Not digressing from the LBW saga, here’s another change that might be added to it just to simplify the decision-making further. At times the batsman gets away with LBW decisions in their favour while stretching forward for a defensive shot or on dancing down the track and getting thudded on the pads.
The area of confusion is how much should a batsman be forward for eluding an LBW decision. A debated topic since DRS’s (Decision Review System) coronation to the global stage, it has enraged players over the years. The projected path can never be 100% accurate to the path which the ball will eventually travel from the point of connection to the pads.
There needs to be a particular arena within which the batsman needs to get hit in order to be given out and taking into consideration every permutation and combination the agreed distance has to be finalized by the ICC. The rule goes this way:
On field calls: The leg umpire communicates to his partner where the ball had hit and then the umpire can go ahead with his decision
Referred calls: Apart from other nuances of the LBW law, the third umpire has to check the point of contact of the ball with the pads provided that the ball hasn’t made contact with the bat on its way to the pads.