Cricket’s lawmakers are set to begin a “global consultation” that could result in laws around short-pitched bowling being changed for good.
Good or bad?
Literally having the same conversation at the moment on PF about heading a ball, where some are actually arguing it should be removed from the game altogether.Bad, there has to be some jeopardy in sport for gods sake. What next, cricket balls are a bit hard, maybe we should use tennis balls?
Of course bouncers need to be regulated but they’re a crucial part of a fast bowlers armoury. There is no better spectacle in test cricket than a fast bowler in full effect.
Getting rid of bouncers would be another victory to short format cricket, it’ll probably therefore happen.
Would erode back foot technique i.e it would go extinct as every batsman would be on the front footThis was discussed on here at the time of Phillip Hughes tragedy and my view hasn't changed. Bowling a ball at someone's head to induce them into an error through fear of injury is clearly intimidatory and illegal under law 42:8.
Its become customary and accepted over time, and people like how it gives a frisson of danger to the game but it was a tactic largely absent from the game for three decades after bodyline and people don't regard those years as some sort of dark age of cricket.
People would quickly get used to the change and it would push bowlers to try more innovative techniques to dismiss batsmen.
That's clearly nonsense. You could still bowl a delivery between thigh and shoulder height which would need to be played off the back foot.Would erode back foot technique i.e it would go extinct as every batsman would be on the front foot
Exaggeration much? How did you get over the pink ball?Might as well just set up a bowling machine at either end of the pitch on a length so the batsman can do what they want, crickets dead in the water if bowling a bouncer is no longer allowed