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Survey on use of bouncer

The committee, which includes Kumar Sangakkara, Sourav Ganguly and Shane Warne, accepted that 'short-pitched bowling is a core part of the game'
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Our Bureau, Agencies   |   London   |   Published 24.02.21, 02:18 AM

The Marylebone Cricket Club, which is based at Lord’s and is responsible for drawing up the rules of the game, is open to changing the rules of short-pitch bowling after a “global consultation” on the subject.

The MCC World Cricket Committee, headed by former England captain Mike Gatting, met recently via a video conference to examine, among other issues, whether more can be done to protect batsmen from bouncers — without completely emasculating fast bowlers.

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“The committee heard that MCC is to embark on a global consultation on whether the Law relating to short-pitched deliveries is fit for the modern game,” the committee said in a statement issued on Monday.

“With research into concussion in sport having increased significantly in recent years, it is appropriate that MCC continues to monitor the Laws on short-pitched bowling, as it does with all other Laws.”

That the MCC was set to review the laws pertaining to the short-pitched delivery was reported by The Telegraph on January 28.

The review will begin with a survey to begin next month. No decision is expected before 2022.

The committee, which includes Kumar Sangakkara, Sourav Ganguly and Shane Warne, accepted that “short-pitched bowling is a core part of the game”.

The committee also discussed the DRS, especially the “confusing” umpire’s call. But no decision was taken.



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