Countdown clock, free hit for no-ball in Tests? Possible rule changes in test matches

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  1. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Countdown timer clocks to speed up the pace of play in Test cricket, free hits for no-balls in the longer format and the use of a standard ball in the World Test Championship are some of the radical proposals put forth by the MCC World Cricket Committee to "improve the spectacle" of the format.

    According to the MCC, the proposals, discussed last week during meetings held in Bengaluru, will be tested as well as forwarded to the ICC for consideration.

    In an exclusive chat with ESPNcricinfo, former England captain Mike Gatting, who chairs the MCC World Cricket Committee, and former Australia legspinner Shane Warne, outlined the idea behind each of these proposals which are as follows.

    Timer clocks to prevent time wasting
    • A timer, to be shown on the scoreboard, to count down from 45 seconds from the call of "over". This will be increased to 60 seconds for a new batsman on strike and 80 seconds for a change of bowler. If either side is not ready to play when the clock reaches zero, they will receive a warning, with further infringements in that innings resulting in five penalty runs being awarded to the opposition.

    • A similar timer to be used at the fall of wickets, potentially with variable times, depending on the distance from the dressing rooms to the pitch, and at drinks breaks. Batsmen and fielders should be in position before the clock reaches zero.

    • During DRS reviews, the standard protocol should be cut short as soon as the TV production team is aware that it will be 'not out.' For example, time is often spent trying to discern an inside edge for lbw decisions, only to see that the ball was missing the stumps. As soon as the ball tracking data has been loaded, if it will result in a 'not out' decision, the TV umpire should be informed immediately.
    Free hit for no-ball in Tests
    The committee felt free hits had been successful "deterrents" in limited-overs cricket to bowling no-balls, and should be tried out in Test cricket, too.

    Warne cited an example to illustrate how free hits could prove to be an advantage. "Let's say I bowl a ball, the umpire gives it out and it's a referral. And then it's found out that I actually bowled a no-ball. One, the batsman thought he's out, but not only is he not out, but it's also a free hit. Imagine what happens to the crowd. They go from 'Oh no, my favourite player is out' to 'No, he's not out, it's a no-ball' and 'Wow, it's a free hit.' Imagine the excitement!

    "It's in there for T20s and ODIs, why not in Test cricket? It actually helps the no-ball situation too. For instance, England only bowled their first no-ball in ODIs for three years, because of the free hits. I think it can help reduce the number of no-balls in Test cricket as well. I think it's a good change and a recommendation to the ICC, hopefully they pick it up."

    Dukes to be the preferred ball in Tests?
    Currently, SG, Kookaburra and Dukes are the major ball manufacturers engaged by various boards. With the World Test Championship kicking off with the Ashes as the first contest this summer, the MCC has proposed to standardise the usage of balls in Test cricket, barring day-night Tests where the pink Kookaburra has been used. One of the methods proposed is to have players from around the world vote in. Also, the MCC is going to try out the red Dukes ball in Asia and see the results.

    According to Gatting, the choice of which ball to use ought to be based on the opinions given by current players, including Indian captain Virat Kohli, who last year had been critical with the lot of SG balls used during the home Test series against West Indies. India's senior offspinner R Ashwin had also given a thumbs up to the red Dukes ball, which he used while playing in county cricket in the last few years.

    "You take on board what people like Virat Kohli and others say about what sort of ball they like," Gatting said. "And one would have to say that the Dukes ball has come up, and people have said that as a standard ball, maybe that's what we should be looking to get and play with.

    "Because it seems to have given a better balance for batsmen and bowlers even on flatter wickets. I think we should be listening to the players about this. It's not what I think, it's the players. They're going to play with it. And they've spoken out and they would like to see a standardised ball and it might well be a Dukes ball."
  2. Patriot

    Patriot Kaptaan

    Oct 8, 2014
    what is wrong with ICC, they are literally going to destroy this game. Pathetic

    ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

    Apr 26, 2011
    Timer is okay but Free hit is a big no no in tests.
  4. Disco Lemonade

    Disco Lemonade Design Artist

    Dec 17, 2009
    I hope none of these gets implemented.
  5. Energy

    Energy Cornered Tiger

    Apr 22, 2012
    Free hits are useless, even in limited overs. There is no excitement around a free-hit at all.

    Over-thinking in cricket has made the game washed up.
  6. Munna

    Munna Moderator-e-Aala

    Oct 4, 2014
    This timer feature is only going to increase burden on an umpire's already tough job.
  7. Munna

    Munna Moderator-e-Aala

    Oct 4, 2014
    These free hits actually make little sense as you are only penalizing the bowler twice for 1 mistake. He doesn't get a wicket off the no-ball and then he can't take a wicket off the free hit as well... plus he it becomes a double scoring opportunity for the opposition.
  8. Shahzad.Firdous

    Shahzad.Firdous Cornered Tiger

    May 29, 2010
    Please keep test cricket as it is. You have already distracted me from limited overs cricket cus of these freaky batsmen friendly rules! Cricket got to be bowler friendly otherwise less talented teams like india will rule!!
  9. thair9999

    thair9999 Youngsta Beauty

    Oct 17, 2010
    Free hits are useless, the bowler is being punished twice. This rule should be abolished.
  10. ShokoTolo_LoloMoto

    ShokoTolo_LoloMoto Talented

    Apr 16, 2010
    What's next? Decrease the boundary line in TEST matches to 50 meters?
  11. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Imagine it. 1000 runs per innings
  12. Mohsin

    Mohsin Cornered Tiger

    Feb 21, 2010
    lol free hits. God.

    May as well just ban bowlers and have a bowling machine from both ends.
  13. Mohammed Bilal

    Mohammed Bilal Tracer Bullet

    Jul 17, 2017
    Yes there should be free hits imo.
  14. Fireworks11

    Fireworks11 Kaptaan

    Sep 22, 2012
    Free hits are a complete no for Test. ICC trying to change the ultimate format into another slog fest.

    Hope this doesn’t come into play. Would make tests a mockery.
  15. iZeeshan

    iZeeshan Whispering Death

    May 22, 2012
    What the hell is the point of free hits in tests. RR doesn't matter.
  16. Patriot

    Patriot Kaptaan

    Oct 8, 2014
    if they ruin test cricket, im done with cricket
  17. ComradeVenom

    ComradeVenom Tracer Bullet

    Jul 24, 2012
    One way to ehance test cricker would be to modify the LBW rule so balls pitching outside leg can be given out LBW.
  18. Don Corleone

    Don Corleone Kaptaan

    Jul 20, 2012
    The one suggestion that makes sense here is the change from Kookaburra to Dukes.
  19. Mercenary

    Mercenary The Lone Wolf

    Dec 17, 2009
    A timer for a 5 day game? It sounds stupid and exhausting.

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