The time has come for us batsmen to take things in our own hands, we cant allow the ICC or the umpires, let alone the ragged grounds-men in India (or elsewhere) to decide our fate. The time has come for the laws of OUR game to be revised. Here is the first instalment. Other batsmen are requested to come in with their own suggestions please.
New Rules Gentlemen New Rules. . .
3.2A Third Umpire/Decision Review System
The following shall apply in addition to Clause 3.1 and 3.2 :
3.2A.1 The Umpires before making any decision shall consult the fielding umpire and the batsmen at the crease. The decision shall be made only in the case of a consensus between all concerned.
3.2A.2 In the event of one or more voices of dissent the umpire shall be required to go to the 3rd umpire.
3.2A.3 In the event the 3rd umpire is unable to come to a firm decision he shall refer the matter back to the umpire on the ground who shall now have to consult the match referee.
3.2A.4 In case the Match referee is unable to come to a satisfactory decision he shall have to refer the matter to the ICC.
3.2A.5 In the event the ICC too is unable to resolve the matter to everyone's satisfaction they shall refer the matter to BCCi. The President of the BCCI in consultation with Mr Lalit Modi shall deliver the final verdict.
BCCI's decision will be binding to all.
New Rules Gentlemen New Rules. . .
Law 3.8 - Fitness of Ground, Weather and Light and Law 3.9 -
Suspension of play for adverse conditions of ground, weather or light
Laws 3.5.2 shall be replaced by:
3.5.2 A The batsmen shall be the final judges of the fitness of the ground,
weather and light for play. See 3.5.2B below and Law 7.2 A (Fitness of
the pitch for play).
3.5.2 B If the batsmen (one or more) of either side are of the opinion that the wicket is not conducive to batting like Afridi and ending with an average like Bradman at a strike rate like Sehwag they shall deem the wicket unsuitable for play and dangerous to them personally and their reputations as flat track bullies.
7.2 A The ball after pitching is expected to have an even bounce. If any ball bounces to a height deemed as uneven the pitch shall be deemed unfit to play. Even bounce, for the purpose of this clause, shall be defined as bounce to the exact height to the level of the sweet spot of the bat.
The batsman's decision on the bounce shall be final.
7.2 B In case of a quick fall of top order wickets the batsmen shall be allowed to deem the same as having been extraordinary and likely to have been caused by the unplayable state of the wicket. The following shall be used as guidelines for extraordinary circumstances.
a) 5 wickets falling before 100 is reached
b) A strike rate of under 7 in the first 15 overs and under 6 in the first 25 overs of an ODI
c) A hat-trick unless it involves numbers 9, 10 and 11 in the batting order
d) Three consecutive wild heaves failing to connect the ball.
e) Any happening that brings a smile to the bowlers face.
New Rules gentlemen New Rules. . .
Law 19 - Boundaries
1 Law 19.1 - The boundary of the field of play
The playing area shall be a maximum of 50 yards (45.72 metres) from
boundary to boundary square of the pitch, with the shorter of the
two square boundaries being a maximum 25 yards (15.24 metres). The
straight boundary at both ends of the pitch shall be a maximum of 35
yards (32.00 metres). Distances shall be measured from the centre of the
pitch to be used.
New Rules gentlemen New Rules . . .