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It’s time to reduce the bat size – MCC

The  Marylebone Cricket club has suggested the lawmakers of the sport to reduce  the bat size of the sport. They recommended that  the bat’s depth should be reduced between 60mm and 65mm, and also the edge thickness to be decreased between 35mm and 40mm.  There are no restrictions for the depth of the bat, laws only restrict the height and width of the bat.  By getting the required approval, the new rule will come into force on 1 October, 2017. The new law will help to achieve a better balance between the bat and the ball.

Other suggestions from the committee include :

  • It recommends the ICC (International Cricket Council) to apply cricket to take  place in the 2024 edition of the Olympic games. Playing T20 cricket in the Olympics can make the sport become even more popular in the world.
  • It insists the ICC to introduce a two-tier Test championship match. It requests the expansion of test match as day-night matches by playing with a pink ball. It insists that the change is essential for the survival of Test cricket matches
  • It supported the ICC’s ruling that non-strikers must stand in their crease until the bowler releases the ball. The new rule is going to be introduced in the under 19s world cup.

No further chances to match-fixers

The Pakistan team tours to England to play  the four-test series that starts at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London on July 14th  2016. The Pakistan cricket board includes Mohammad Aamer in their squad. Mohammad Aamer has been banned to play cricket for five years after he bowled continuous no balls in 2010 at the Lord’s. Many cricketers disliked the decision.

  • Kevin Pietersen, Former England captain says that a player who caught in a spot-fixing or match-fixing should be banned for  a life time. No further chances have to be given.
  • Swann said that he felt sick when Aamer walked out of the Lord’s cricket ground (Home of cricket).
  • England’s cricket player Stuart Broad says, “Cricket is always connected with the past. It annoyed me when he entered the Lord’s Cricket ground”.

The Indian Cricket

The Indian cricket team tours to West Indies  to play a four-test series starting at July 21, 2016. The team  plays under the captaincy of Virat Kholi. The former Indian Bowler and skipper Anil Kumble has been appointed as  new coach for the Indian  team. Sachin Tendulkar, the Master Blaster says that the Indian team will perform well in the West Indies Series under the new coach Anil Kumble.  He described the new Indian coach to have fabulous records and know how to win big matches. Tendulkar is part of the CAC (Cricket Advisory Committee) with former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.

The West Indies are likely to play under the captaincy of  Jason Holder.  The West Indian wicket keeper has been dropped from the squad for some or other reasons. Ramin tweeted about his displeasure of not being in the squad. The team also misses right arm fast bowler Jerome Taylore, who  has retired from test matches. He played 46 tests for his country and took 130 wickets.

The teams have to play two warm-up match series before the first test match. The venue for the first test is Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua. India had a successful last overseas tour against Sri Lanka and likely to do the same in this tour as well

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