Mark Waugh played 128 Tests and 244 ODIs in his international career.
Waugh questioned leg bye while commentating in the Big Bash League
Dainik BhaskarJan 03, 2020, 07:07 PM IST Sports Desk. Former Australian cricketer Mark Waugh says the 'leg by' rule in cricket should be scrapped. He says that when the ball does not hit the bat, then why should the team batting get runs. He said this during commentary in a match on Thursday in the ongoing Big Bash League tournament in Australia. Waugh said that he must have been a very common batsman who made this rule.
Mark told fellow commentator and former English captain Michael Vaughan, 'You know I have to change one rule in all formats of cricket, not leg byes, especially in T20. Why did you get runs, that too when you couldn't hit the ball. ' Upon hearing him, Von said, "This is just a part of the game." Waugh then said, "Yes, I know that he is part of the game, but that does not mean that he is right." Can we not change it for the betterment of cricket?
Waugh said – batting means hitting the ball
Waugh went on to say, "To bat means to hit the ball and whoever made these rules must have been an ordinary batsman." Hearing this, Vaughan said, "If you go in the last few years, there have been a lot of changes in the game, T20 has come, 100-ball matches are going to start in Britain, four days of a five-day Test It is being discussed. But I think the most important thing Mark Waugh has said.
Michael Vaughan praises Mark Waugh
After this, the former English captain advised Waugh to become a member of the Marilbon Cricket Club (MCC), the rules-making body of cricket. He said, 'With this kind of thought process you should be in the cricket committee of MCC. With this, you will get a chance to visit London once or twice a year, as well as you will be able to sit in that magnificent room of MCC at Lord's.
Opposed change in 'bye' rule
When Vaughn asked him to remove the runs he got on the bye, Waugh refused. He said, 'No-no-bye is different from this. I am in favor of keeping bye. Because then you don't have to worry about whether the batsman hit the ball or not. He further said, 'Because as a batsman you have a bat. Which keeps you hitting the ball. If you don't do it then, sorry, you won't get a run. '