Former Australia National Cricket Team skipper Ian Chappell has said that the captain of the team should be suspended if his/her team maintain a slow over-rate in Test cricket.
In all three formats of the game, the teams are found guilty of maintaining slow over-rates quite often in modern-day cricket and the ICC imposes fines and points deductions on the team.
Chappell specifically talked about Test cricket and said that the “worrisome DRS and over rates” need urgent attention. He added that the skipper of the team should be suspended if his/her bowlers fail to complete the overs in the given time.
“While England have recently done much to improve the image of Test batting, the worrisome DRS, and over rates that continue to be glacial, need urgent attention.
“Umpires don’t enforce on-field protocol in this regard, probably because they lack the backing of the administrators. This is unfair on patrons, who are short-changed,” Chappell wrote in his column for ESPNcricinfo.
“The administrators could make some compromises and demand that players bowl 90 overs in six hours with no deductions accepted. A captain should be suspended without question if this aim isn’t achieved,” he added.
Chappell further said that the over-rates have been declining for decades but they are virtually ignored.
“Over rates have been declining for decades and yet they are virtually ignored as the focus is on the money-making capabilities of T20. The reason 90 overs in a day were originally recommended is because it’s very much possible for a team to bowl that many in that time,” Chappell wrote.
“Under Clive Lloyd, West Indies promoted the notion that over rates don’t matter when matches are being won in less than the allotted time. That argument is flawed. The batting team should receive a reasonable number of deliveries in a six-hour day, while front-line bowlers tire at an acceptable rate. These days, overs are rarely completed even with extra time allowed – and those extensions are a blight on the game,” he added.
There are many areas for compromise – Ian Chappell
Ian Chappell further suggested a few changes that could be made in order to make improvements in the problem of the slow over-rates and complete the overs in the given time.
“There are many areas for compromise. The administrators could abolish advertising on sightboards, the replaying of possible boundaries, reduce the constant ferrying of drinks and gloves, and eradicate needless mid-pitch chats during overs,” he wrote.
“They could also return to a back foot no-ball rule (without a drag problem), thereby virtually eradicating a boring facet of the game as well as improving over rates. There is no doubt the better bats of the modern day create field-placement headaches for captains. Still, the often senseless spreading of the field hasn’t helped teams either dismiss batters or improve over rates.”
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