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Cricket — new laws in the offing

A steady rise in bat sizes has been blamed for making cricket easier for batsmen and harder for bowlers

A steady rise in bat sizes has been blamed for making cricket easier for batsmen and harder for bowlers   | Photo Credit: Nissar Ahmad

Cricket’s law-makers are to limit bat-sizes and introduce sendings-off among a new batch of rules which will take effect this year, they said.

Bats will be measured with a “bat gauge” to make sure they don’t exceed 108mm (4.25 inches) in width, 67mm in depth and 40mm at the edges, the Marylebone Cricket Club announced.

Umpires will also be able to send players from the field — temporarily or permanently — for serious offences like acts of violence in the first new Code of Laws issued since 2000.

A steady rise in bat sizes has been blamed for making cricket easier for batsmen and harder for bowlers, disturbing the “balance between bat and ball”.

Under the new laws, umpires can also crack down on poor behaviour by issuing warnings, awarding penalty runs and even sending players off.

Excessive appealing and showing dissent at an umpire’s decision can result in a warning, followed by five penalty runs for a second offence.

Throwing the ball at a player or deliberately making physical contact will be punished with five penalty runs, while threatening the umpire or any act of violence will result in a sending-off.

The controversial ‘Mankad’ dismissal, when the bowler can run out a batsman at the non-striker’s end, will also become easier to execute.

Bowlers will now be able to perform the run-out “to the instant when the bowler would normally have been expected to release the ball”, rather than before entering his or her delivery stride, as is the current rule.

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