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MCC aims to polish Test cricket with new thoughts


Test cricket could be set for an extreme shake-up under plans proposed by the compelling MCC World Cricket panel that would see the presentation of free hits for no-balls, a commencement clock among overs and institutionalizing the sort of ball utilized in matches far and wide.

MCC aims to polish Test cricket with new thoughts

The panel – an autonomous body made up of past universal cricketers including Australians Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne and Rod Marsh – made a progression of suggestions in front of the looming presentation of the Test Championship, which starts with the Ashes arrangement in July.

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The committee is headed by former England captain Mike Gatting and features the likes of Sourav Ganguly, Shakib Al Hasan, Kumar Sangakkara, Vincent Van der Bijl, and Tim May among others.

As indicated by the MCC, the proposition, examined a week ago amid gatherings held in Bengaluru, will be tried just as sent to the ICC for thought.

One brand of Test ball as of now, three brands of ball are utilized in Tests: the Dukes ball in England and the West Indies, the SG ball in India and the Kookaburra in every single other nation, including Australia.

For day-night Tests, the pink Kookaburra has been the chunk of decision, and every one of the one-day internationals and Twenty20 internationals utilize the white Kookaburra. One of the strategies proposed is to have players from around the globe vote in.

Likewise, the MCC is going to experiment with the red Dukes ball in Asia and see the outcomes.

“Whatever ball that will be, that everybody considers the best that accomplishes something, it creases, it swings, it keeps its shape for the longest timeframe,” Warne said after the board meeting in India.

“Whatever ball that is, particularly with the Test Championship coming up, if everybody plays with a similar ball, I believe it’s an increasingly equivalent playing field so you truly do get (to discover) which is the best Test team in the international cricket.” Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara also is in the list of prominent thinkers.

“We need to get our ducks in a row by the time the Test championship comes around,” he said after the meeting.

“Now we have come to realize how important the red cherry is for cricketers around the world, I think it’s very timely that we do it now.”

The one of the finest all-rounders of recent times Shakib Al Hasan also shares his opinion about this rule. “I think it will benefit immensely because then everyone will be playing with the same ball and you know when they’re playing away from home or abroad they won’t face these kind of difficulties that they used to face” he said after the meeting.

Timer to stop time wasting a timer, to be appeared on the scoreboard, to tally down from 45 seconds from the call of “over”. This will be expanded to 60 seconds for another batsman on strike and 80 seconds for a difference in bowler.

On the off chance that either side isn’t prepared to play when the clock achieves zero, they will get a notice, with further encroachments in that innings bringing about five punishment runs being granted to the restriction.

A comparable timer to be used at the fall of wickets, possibly with variable occasions, contingent upon the separation from the changing areas to the pitch, and at beverages breaks.

Batsmen and defenders ought to be in position before the clock achieves zero. At the time of DRS reviews, the standard convention ought to be stopped when the TV generation group knows that it will be ‘not out.’

For instance, time is regularly spent endeavoring to perceive an inside edge for lbw choices, just to see that the ball was feeling the loss of the stumps.

When the ball following information has been tracked, in the event that it will result in a ‘not out’ choice, the TV umpire ought to be notified right away.

Free hits for no ball in Tests The MCC panel additionally proposed that free hits be granted to the batsman on the off chance that the bowler over-steps the crease, much the same as the standard in restricted overs cricket.

“The MCC World Cricket panel suggests that Free Hits ought to be presented after No balls in Test matches. The system is utilized in the white-ball designs and the additional hindrance results in there being less No balls than in Tests.

“For instance, England as of late had a spell of 45 ODIs without bowling a No ball, yet they bowled eleven in the three match Test series against the West Indies. The system would not exclusively be energizing for crowds when there was a Free Hit, yet additionally it would accelerate over rates, if less No balls are bowled,” read the MCC release.

Khan Mutasim Billah Life (Correspondent, Bdcrictime.com)

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