ICC refuses to change bails even after ‘being immovable’
The International Cricket Council have denied to bring any changes of bails for resolving the persistently immovable ‘bail controversy’ in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Following some persistent cases happened of lighted zing bails refused to pop-out even after being hit by fast bowler’s delivery, team skippers and world cup stars urged to resolve the issue.
But the game’s governing body has other thoughts in this regard, said brining any changes in the middle of the tournament will compromise the integrity of the event.
An ICC official, talking to Sky Sports, said,
“We wouldn’t change anything mid-event as it would compromise the integrity of the event – the equipment is the same for all 10 teams across all 48 games.”
Guarding the compactness of zing bails that light up as soon as they being hit, ICC official said, “The stumps have not changed in the last four years. They have been used in all ICC events since the 2015 Men’s Cricket World Cup and in a range of domestic events.
“This means they’ve been used in more than 1000 games — this is a statistical anomaly,” he said.
“You literally have to smash the stumps really hard to knock them out. These are fast bowlers; these are not medium-pace bowlers.
“No team will like to see that – if you bowl a good ball and you don’t get a guy out,” Kohli said.
But as per the ICC official said, these things are part of the game, “This issue has always been part of the game, with the accepted concept being that it requires some force to disturb a batsman’s ‘castle’.”