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    Should substitute fielders be banned?

    Now that runners are banned, someone brought up the fact that substitute fielders are still allowed, a rule that many think has been abused quite a bit. So what do you think - stay or go?
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    Substitute fielders are wonderful. Stay.
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    I didn't want Runners banned ,neither do i want substitute fielders banned.

    But by the logic that runners were banned they should be banned too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cevno View Post
    I didn't want Runners banned ,neither do i want substitute fielders banned.

    But by the logic that runners were banned they should be banned too.
    I agree. But the truth is that there is very little logic to banning runners. I can't recall too many occasions where the runner rule was abused to such an extent that it caused an unfair advantage to a team. If anything runners would cause more confusion between the batsmen.

    As for substitutes, we all know that players sometimes take a break for an over or two to change shirts or something minor like that. Its hardly anything to clamp down on. Just like with runners.
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    Have never understood the enmity toward the sub rule, tbh. Even with all the 'abuse' of it which has been going on. All they can do is field and if a team picks a 12th/13th who are gun fielders, so be it. That Ricky Ponting was run out by Gary Pratt will never take away from the fact it was a balls decision to run and, without checking the footage, Ponting was coasting just a bit. Honestly, as a batter, if you're taking no notice of the field changes around you, that's your fault.

    Look at it this way; every other game is hours shorter than one day of a Test match and they have subs who, when on the court/field, are able to be fully involved (no rule to stop subs from shooting in basketball, for example) yet in cricket, a much longer game, no-one is allowed a break unless they're going to piss themselves. What the?
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    can continue to allow the sub provided that a sub is allowed only in a scenario where the person he is doing the sub is ruled out for the rest of the match
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    Obviously this isn't a sensible idea, but if we're going down a "improving the standards or cricket" route, then isn't the best thing to enourage the use of subsitute fielders. You could quite easily take it to an extreme and have an American Football style "fielding team" consiting of a bowler, a keeper, and then 9 of the country's best fielders. At the end of the over, a different bowler can come on, allowing all players to stay rested and hopefully injury free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weeman27bob View Post
    Obviously this isn't a sensible idea, but if we're going down a "improving the standards or cricket" route, then isn't the best thing to enourage the use of subsitute fielders. You could quite easily take it to an extreme and have an American Football style "fielding team" consiting of a bowler, a keeper, and then 9 of the country's best fielders. At the end of the over, a different bowler can come on, allowing all players to stay rested and hopefully injury free.
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    Only problem I have with sub fielders is when they get placed in catching possies/pretty much anywhere except the boundary. Morgan found himself at point during the Ashes and it pissed me off almost as much as seeing Hilf was about to bowl
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cevno View Post
    I didn't want Runners banned ,neither do i want substitute fielders banned.

    But by the logic that runners were banned they should be banned too.
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    Of course Substitute players should be banned. In no other sport can you have a player come on and just do this and that and have a great influence on the game. In Basketball you name your 11-12 players, if a bloke gets injured you can't bring someone in from outside the squad to fill in. I know it's different with substitute players in all, but you can't add to the squad, which is what you are doing in cricket if you have a sub fielder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Wright View Post
    Of course Substitute players should be banned. In no other sport can you have a player come on and just do this and that and have a great influence on the game. In Basketball you name your 11-12 players, if a bloke gets injured you can't bring someone in from outside the squad to fill in. I know it's different with substitute players in all, but you can't add to the squad, which is what you are doing in cricket if you have a sub fielder.
    Baseball has a bunch of funny rules about specialist fielders and runners tbf.
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    IMO a compromise would be that a substitue fielders should only be allowed in case the player is out of the rest of the match (eg he won't be able to take the field again). I don't know the exact stats of how often each country uses substitute fielders but I watch every India test match and it seems the vast majority of the time, there is a sub out there filling in for someone or other. It's way overdoing it IMO.

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    If you're out there for 6 hours a day, every now and then you're going to need to come off for a toilet break. There should be a time limit for substitutions (5-10 minutes), beyond which subs are only allowed if, like SS said, the original player is out for the whole game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Wright View Post
    Of course Substitute players should be banned. In no other sport can you have a player come on and just do this and that and have a great influence on the game. In Basketball you name your 11-12 players, if a bloke gets injured you can't bring someone in from outside the squad to fill in. I know it's different with substitute players in all, but you can't add to the squad, which is what you are doing in cricket if you have a sub fielder.
    Comparing apples with oranges IMO. Most sports have people on the 'bench' that they can call upon if someone gets hurt. Cricket doesn't.

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