Marylebone Cricket Club offered three proposals to make the Test match even more interesting
Also considered for restricting the slow over rate in Test cricket
London. Attempts have been made to make Test cricket more interesting. The World Cricket Committee, the 232-year-old institution that created the rules of cricket, has proposed three major changes on Tuesday, the Merilbone Cricket Club (MCC). These are- a free hit on the no ball in the Test match. Shot clock (timer) is used to speed up the slow game. The same type of ball will be used in the World Test Cricket Championship starting July.
The MCC committee headed by Mike Gatting includes former cricketer Sourav Ganguly, Kumar Sangakkara and veteran cricketer Ricky Ponting. There are some changes made in the rules of cricket every year to increase the popularity of Test cricket. Free hit on No Ball is being used in ODIs and T20 already. Under this, after the no ball, the batsman gets a free hit on the next ball.
New batsman get 60 seconds to get to the field
Apart from this, there was also a discussion in the meeting to curb the slow over rate in Test cricket. Under this, the fielding team will be given 45 seconds to start the next over. The new batsman will be given 60 seconds to arrive. The team that does not follow this will be warned. In case of a mistake in the innings, the penalty team will be given 5 penalty runs. A country uses SG ball in the test, no cucumber, no duke.
DRIs also considered the reason for wasting time
It is proposed that all countries use the same ball. MCC said that when fans of England, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa were asked about low interest in the test, 25% of the fans mentioned slow over speed. In these countries the spinners throw less. Sometimes even 90 overs of the day can not be completed. The pace of the match is also sluggish due to the time taken by the DRS to pick and the players from the pavilion.