Clive Lloyd's New ODI Rules

Vishrut AggarwalCorrespondent IDecember 8, 2009

OXFORD, ENGLAND - JULY 22:  Clive Lloyd pictured during a 'Half a Century of Cricket' talk during the ICC Centenary History Conference at St Antonys College on July 22, 2009 in Oxford, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images for The ICC)
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Former West Indian captain and ICC official Clive Lloyd along with a team of other officials has suggested some new ODI rules. They are not yet approved but have been sent for approval. Let us see what will be their effect on the game.

The first rule is that at the start of the match each ball bowled from the different ends will be new. So the first two bowlers will be handed the new ball. This will have a very bad effect on the game because by the end of the first innings both the balls will be just 25 overs old and there will be no reverse swing.

The second rule says that two bowlers should be allowed a spell of 12 overs each. This too will spoil the fun of the game because then the four bowlers will bowl 44 overs and the fifth bowler will only be able to bowl 6 overs.

The also were thinking of reducing the game to 40 overs a side but decided against it. This was the only right decision because if the game would have been reduced to 40 overs a side it would have become more like a T20 game. Players would have looked to smash more and the game would have lost its glory.

So these rules are not good rules and should not be approved. Already many new rules have been introduced in the game recently, so I don't think we need more rules at the moment.