Batsman Friendly World Cup

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Batsman Friendly World Cup  | PakistanTribe.comFollowing a batting friendly world cup, seeing over record 450 sixes, International Cricket Council seems in mood to change things in bowlers’ favour.

The world’s greatest batsmen are taking the full advantage of small grounds of New Zealand and Australia, and hit 450 sixes in the ongoing tournament. Cricket lovers are really enjoying this batting dominant tournament.

In the previous ten such tournaments, no one reached to the individual score of 200, and only once score board enjoyed the luxury of showing magical 400 by the team.

However, in this tournament Chris Gayle and Martin Guptill scored a double century, and three times the 400 runs scored in an inning.

On the other hand, bowlers are nowhere in the tournament with only Trent Boult of New Zealand succeeded in taking more than 20 wickets; however, in CWC 2007 four bowlers took more than 20 wickets.

Chief Executive ICC, David Richardson, said that the shorter format (T20) of cricket posed positive impacts on the other formats.

I think the change of rules regarding powerplay and the evolution of T20 format greatly influenced the game, and made batsmen more aggressive, he added.

He further said that, now we see more aggressive captaincy than before. Besides trying to take wickets, they also keep an eye on the scoreboard.

However, Richardson admitted that recent rules are too batsman friendly, and for that we need to bring such reforms which provide equal opportunity to bowlers as well.

In this regard he suggested that in the last ten overs when batsmen score too many runs, five fielders should be allowed outside the inner circle. Whereas, according to recent rules four fielders are allowed to stand outside the inner circle.

He further said that, allowing placing one more fielder outside 30-yard circle during last 10 overs would be a rational amendment in the cricketing rules.


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