5 rules in cricket that could be changed in the future
Over the years, the game of cricket has evolved and many rules and regulations have undergone many changes. All these have been aimed at making the game more relevant to the audience and also to make the game more challenging for the players.
The MCC, which is responsible for formulating different rules, do take a stock of the existing regulations and if they so decide that the rules are not justified, they can modify it or even discard it. In the end, the game should take the priority, and then the interests of the audiences should be catered to.
However, in the current day and age, when cricket has evolved and has become more 'customer friendly' so to speak, there are few rules which could be looked into, and possibly modified. This will make the game even more engrossing for the audience and for the players.
Here, we take a look at 5 existing rules which are disconcerting, to say the least, and rules which should be modified, or perhaps be done away with.
#1 Ball hitting the wicket, and yet overthrows resulting
While, a batsman can very often get away with a reckless shot, a bowler can evade penalty off a very poor ball, the same cannot be said of a fielder, and mind you, he has not even committed a grave error.
We are talking about a fielder hurling the ball towards the stumps in an attempt to run the batsman out, the ball then collects the stumps, but ricochets and the batsmen are then entitled to gather extra runs.
While the purpose of awarding runs off an overthrow is pretty justified, there should be relook into runs being accumulated after the ball has hit the stumps. In many cases, it is a genuine effort of the fielder to run the batsman out, and if in the process the ball bounces off the stumps, there is absolutely no justice in extra runs being added to the account of the batsman.
Also, then the counter-argument will circle around unnecessary throws, and often around 'show of aggression'. For parity to be maintained, the extra runs, should not be added to the batsman's tally, but out it in extras. Make the batsman earn his run, the game is already titled in the favour of the people wielding the willow.
Taking it a step further, this rule can also be revoked, no easy runs on the offing for a genuine effort to get the batsman out.