Australia’s most successful Test spinner Shane Warne has come up with a ‘Warniefesto’ , suggesting a complete overhaul in all three formats of the game. 
 
Warne, who took 708 wickets in 145 matches, said that Test Cricket should be reduced from five days to four with 96 overs bowled per day, an increase of six overs from the current format, which would follow the same format as Bupa Sheffield Shield. 
 
As far as ODIs are concerned, Warne suggested that ICC should do away with all fielding restrictions as then only the better attacking captains will be able to showcase their skills. 
 
In his website entitled ‘Some Suggestions’ , Warne wrote the following column: 
 
For Tests: 
 

To start with, let’s play Test matches over four days, not five.

A big call? Maybe – but not if ninety-six overs are bowled in each days play.

This could be achieved by extending the playing hours from 11 am to 6 pm, to 10 am to 6 pm and making lunch and tea breaks 30 minutes.

The sessions would then be extended to 2 hours and 20 minutes. With the constant access to drinks and treatment during these play days, the extra time wouldn’t be a problem, as teams would always bowl their overs in time and TV stations can schedule everything.

There should be no interference at all with the pitch during a day’s play. There’s so much sweeping and grooming going on these days, it’s like we’re in a barbershop. Leave it be. The groundsmen can touch it each morning and that’s it, nothing through the day.

For ODIs: 

We should do away with all field restrictions; the better attacking captains will be able to show their imagination and flair. 

The captain will control the game with clever field placements, the negative, defensive captains with little understanding of the game will be exposed, as they will just revert to putting everyone on the fence, yawn, boring and the batsmen will dissect that field and manage to get two runs a ball minimum. 

I also think this will make the bowlers take more responsibility in the fields they want and this change will make the players think more.

It would be fascinating to see how great bowlers like McGrath, Akram, Ambrose etc. would perform in today’s cricket. I bet if these guys were bowling then there wouldn’t be as much talk about the size of the cricket bats.

Too many bowlers in today’s game give up too quickly. Some seem to take for granted that they are going to get whacked in short form cricket – come on bowlers, be better. FYI, the yorker delivered properly is still the best delivery at the end of a ODI or 20/20 game. Get better at it.

 With the aid of technology, cricket bats have improved beyond belief and that’s a good thing, more of it I say. However, apart from a variety of colors, the ball hasn’t changed since Bradman was as boy.

For T20s: 

There’s no doubt about their popularity, but they should only be played domestically, except for a T20 World Cup every two years.

This then would not affect the IPL, Big Bash or any other 20/20 comp and is sort of like an Olympics.

For DRS: 

I also challenge what it actually meant when they say that the ball is ‘pitching in line’.

As the rule reads now, if a ball isn’t more than half way pitching in the in line area, it’s deemed to be not pitching in line.

Did I miss something? How can it be ‘half’ pitching in line?

 I think if a ball is touching the ‘corridor’ in any way when it pitches, it is in line.

And while I’m on the ‘corridor’, it should be lined up from the outside extremity of the stump, rather than the center. Those additional few millimetres will make all the difference to an umpire’s decision.

 

 

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