MCC restricts bat size, introduces send-off rule

MCC restricts bat size, introduces send-off rule
Australia's David Warner with his big bat.
Shukriya Pakistan

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has issued new Code of Laws for cricket. In the new changes, they have restricted the bat size, introduced send-offs, bounce bat run out rule changed, tweaked Mankad dismissal rule and also eliminated handle the ball as a mode of getting dismissal.

Bat size

MCC has strived to restore the balance between bat and ball, for which they have restricted the bat size. The new maximum permitted dimensions of a cricket bat will be 108mm in width, 67mm in depth with 40mm edges.

A bat gauge will be used to measure the dimensions of the bat. If Australia’s David Warner’s bat is measured at the moment, his depth of the bat will exceed the limit by 18mm.

“The bat size issue has been heavily scrutinised and discussed in recent years,” the MCC’s head of cricket John Stephenson explained in a MCC statement.

“We believe the maximum dimensions we have set will help redress the balance between bat and ball, while still allowing the explosive, big hitting we all enjoy.”

Send-off rule

Under the new rules, umpires are given the authority to send-off a player for his poor behaviour on the field. There will be four levels of severity., from needless appeals to showing dissent on umpire’s decisions to physically getting violent on the field.

Umpires will have the power to award five penalty runs to the opponent team for lesser serious offense or even remove player from the field temporarily or permanently for severer acts.

“We felt the time had come to introduce sanctions for poor player behaviour and research told us that a growing number of umpires at grass roots level were leaving the game because of it,” Stephenson said.

“Hopefully these sanctions will give them more confidence to handle disciplinary issues efficiently, whilst providing a deterrent to the players.”

Apart from these two rules, run out rule has also been changed and now if a batsman has grounded in the crease and then he gets air-born, then it will not be given as an out.

“The game of cricket has evolved a great deal since the last Code of Laws was written in 2000, so much so that MCC made changes to that Code on five separate occasions in the last 14 years,” Stephenson said.

“We felt the time was right for a new Code to tidy up many of the piecemeal changes made since 2000. The process has taken nearly three years and has involved significant consultation.

“We are very pleased with the outcome, which we believe reflects the continuing evolution of cricket.”