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ICC considers crackdown on bat sizes

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is considering a limit on bat sizes just before the World Cup 2015, that starts from February 14th. 

Dave Richardson, The ICC chief executive feels that the balance in modern-day cricket “may have shifted a little bit too much” towards the batsmen, especially in limited-over cricket.

“The balance may have shifted a little bit too much because sometimes poor shots or miss-hits are going for six,” said Richardson.

“Let us try and rectify that. What we have done up until now is try and maximize the size of the boundary. You will see for the World Cup, most of the grounds in Australia in particular, which allow for big playing surfaces, boundary ropes will be pushed back to at least 90 yards where possible. 

“No one begrudges an AB de Villiers, who plays some superb shots, Brendon McCullum, Kumar Sangakkara, they are exceptionally talented and no one minds if they hit some great shots which go for six. 

“But where some batsmen are mishitting balls and it is just carrying over the rope and going for a six instead of being caught at the boundary, that is what some cricket people believe has become unfair.

“The bats are so good these days that the sweet spot is much larger than it would have been 10—15 years ago. The MCC (World Cricket Committee), as law makers, and the ICC will be looking at giving perhaps some consideration to placing limitations on the depth of a bat in particular,” Richardson added. 

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