Survey on use of bouncer
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.
“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.