ISLAMABAD: ICC chief executive, David Richardson has conceded that modern bats have “shifted the balance” in favour of batsmen, especially in limited-overs cricket. The issue, Richardson said, was a growing concern and the ICC has begun to consider remedial steps, the first of which will come during the World Cup where boundary ropes are to be pulled as far back as 90 yards.
“The balance may have shifted a little bit too much because sometimes poor shots or mis-hits are going for six,” Richardson told ESPN in an interview.”
Let us try and rectify that.
What we have done up until now is try and maximize the size of the boundary, ESPN Star reported.
Richardson spoke on a wide array of hot topics, including increasing incidents of on-field misbehaviour of players; playing conditions, such as use of two new balls at each end and the restriction of boundary fielders in ODI cricket; and the promotion of Ireland and Afghanistan into the ODI ranking table, which could allow them to make a direct entry into the ten-team 2019 World Cup.
Asked if the ICC was not going against its own policy of spreading the game by shrinking the number of participating nations at the World Cup in four years’ time, Richardson argued that the premier event needed to be far more competitive.