No change in rules until after 2015 ICC World Cup, says David Richardson

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“After the World Cup, the rules will be reviewed by the (ICC) Cricket Committee again”

International Cricket Council (ICC) CEO David Richardson has announced that the game’s rules will not change until they are reviewed after the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Many players have already complained about only having four players patrolling the boundary as they believe it gives batsmen an unfair advantage.

“We’re not going to consider any changes prior to the World Cup,” Richardson said. “After the World Cup, the rules will be reviewed by the (ICC) Cricket Committee again. As I said, we wanted to create a more attacking 50-over game, one that could compete on the entertainment scales with T20 cricket.”

Richardson also believes that bowlers have not been at a disadvantage following the implementation of the new rules.

“It’s too early to say,” he said. “I think it has led to a more attacking game from a bowling and fielding perspective. Yes, runs per over might have increased and bowlers, at times on flat wickets, find it very tough. But the best bowlers are still at the top of the bowling rankings and best batsmen are on top of the batting charts. We might need to change our perceptions.”

Richardson was also quick to dismiss rumours that the ICC are considering making boundaries shorter so that more sixes can be hit during matches.

“We’ve got certain minimum specifications,” he said. “In fact, the regulations actually say you need to maximise the boundary size depending on the size of playing area. Sometimes we see boundaries are brought in contrary to regulation. We would like to ensure that moving forward, they are more pro-actively enforced.

“There are still limits as to the maximum, so we don’t want ridiculously large boundaries. But as a basic principle, I’m very much in favour of it. A good hit can go for six but not necessarily a mis-hit.”

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