A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: New field restriction rule only favours batsmen, says Mahela Jayawardene

Jayawardene sees batsmen as the sole beneficiaries of the new rule

Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has announced that the new fielding restriction rules implemented by the International Cricket Council (ICC) is a massive disadvantage to bowlers and could even see spinners being used less frequently in matches.

Under the new rule, there will only be two blocks of powerplays instead of three, with the first coming in the first ten overs where only two fielders are allowed outside the 30-yard circle, while the second five-over powerplay, which allows three fielders outside the 30-yard circle, has to be completed by the 40th over.

During all the non-powerplay overs, only a maximum of four fielders can be outside the 30-yard circle.

Jayawardene believes having only four fielders outside the circle is a big advantage to all batsmen.

“I am not comfortable with these changes. It’s not the way to go forward. I have this funny feeling that spinners will not have a role to play in the future,” Jayawardene said.

The Sri Lanka captain added that limited overs cricket was becoming too easy for batsmen, especially after the introduction of a free hit when a bowler bowls a front foot no-ball.

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