The former Australian cricketer Ian Chappell proposed to change the ball-tampering and lbw rules. He stated that the batsman should be given out leg before as long as the ball is hitting the stumps irrespective of its pitching and impact on pads.
The current law is that the batsman will not be given out if the ball is pitching outside leg unless he doesn’t attempt the shot. This restricts the bowler to bowl in line. But this is not the case with the ball pitching outside off. The batsman is given out irrespective of pitching and whether the shot is attempted or not.
This new law will force the batsmen to play with the bat only to protect the stumps. And pads will be only for the purpose to save the batsman from injury, not the dismissal. Also, the batsmen will be forced to adopt attacking mode to counter wrist spinners pitching the ball in the rough outside the right-hander’s leg stump.
Here he gave the example of Sachin Tendulkar on how he negotiated the Shane Warne’s round the wicket tactic.
He stated, “Contrast Sachin Tendulkar’s aggressive and successful approach to Shane Warne coming round the wicket in Chennai in 1997-98 with a batsman who kicks away deliveries pitching in the rough and turning in toward the stumps. Which would you rather watch?”
As per him, the law will reward the bowlers who attack the stumps mostly and this will bring fairness in the game.
This law is proposed to stop the tactics of negative bowling used to slow the scoring. The game will become faster and in that case, the idea of four-day Test matches would become more viable.
“The priority for cricket administrators should be to maintain an even balance between bat and ball. These law changes would help redress any imbalance and make the game, particularly Test cricket, a far more entertaining spectacle” – Chappell writes in his column on Espncricinfo.
Changes in ball-tampering laws
The Pandemic will make some noticeable changes when the game resumes. And one major change can be seen in the way of polishing the ball.
The current legal practice is using the saliva and perspiration to shine the ball. It’s very important for the swing bowlers and wrist spinners to use the shine of the ball.
But now onwards using both the saliva and perspiration can be seen as a health hazard. Thus there is a need to introduce something as a replacement for the traditional methods of polishing the ball.
Chappell said, “With ball-tampering always a hot topic, in the past I’ve suggested that administrators ask international captains to construct a list (i.e. the use of natural substances) detailing the things bowlers feel will help them to swing the ball. From this list, the administrators should deem one method to be legal with all others being punishable as illegal”.
What do you think about the proposed change in ball-tampering and lbw rules? Will the change in lbw rules makes the balance between bat and bowl or will the bowlers get an edge over batsmen?