The ICC cricket committee headed by the former Indian leg spinner Anil Kumble has strongly advised the MCC to consider limiting the dimensions of the bat in order to restore the balance between bat and ball.
The high scoring games in ODIs and T20s is one of the reasons why the committee feels that there should be some sort of limitations on the dimensions currently in use so that the game is played on a neutral basis rather than turning into a batsman’s game.
“MCC sought the committee’s guidance on the desirability of making changes to redress the balance between bat and ball. The Committee received a research paper from MCC citing a wealth of scientific and statistical evidence showing bats have become more powerful in recent years, primarily due to having larger ‘sweet-spots’,” an ICC release stated detailing the deliberations by the Cricket Committee at the Lord’s.
“The committee’s view was that MCC should strongly consider limiting the dimensions of cricket bats to help achieve a better balance between bat and ball.”
The committee which includes former Indian batting great Rahul Dravid, the Sri Lankan legend Mahela Jayawardene and also former English opener Andrew Strauss also stressed on the importance of using ICC specified helmets which most of the players are currently not using.
“The committee considered the matter of helmet safety following a presentation on injury surveillance trends by ICC medical consultant Dr Craig Ranson. The committee expressed concerns that there were still too many instances of international cricketers wearing helmets which did not meet the latest British Safety Standard (BSS). It recommended that the ICC should enforce the wearing of the latest BSS compliant helmets in all international cricket matches,” the release stated.
“The committee acknowledged the seriousness of the issue of concussion in cricket, and stressed the need for consistent concussion policy to be implemented in all countries, but its view was that the current laws and playing conditions allow players to receive the best possible medical treatment, and further change to the regulations in this area is not required at present,” it was stated.
“The committee noted considerable progress in policing suspect actions in international cricket and encouraged all countries to continue their efforts to screen bowlers in domestic competitions before they reached international level.”