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Storm over a sweep?

Ask who invented the reverse-sweep and many cricketers will claim the honour
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Ask who invented the reverse-sweep and many cricketers will claim the honour. Ask who plays it best and most cricket fans would surely point to Kevin Pietersen. Cricket is an odd sport in that there are the laws of cricket and then there is the spirit of cricket. What is outside the laws cannot be allowed but what is within the laws and outside the spirit of cricket causes anxiety.Cricket has so many intricacies that it is impossible to legislate for all of them.

The ideal situation, now that cricket is so long established, is that the laws are seldom changed and only occasionally tinkered with. In addition, the laws should not become a needless barrier to invention and innovation in cricket. Which leads us back to KP's reverse-sweeping and the vexed conversations among MCC's Panama hat brigade.

The reverse-sweep is an exciting shot. It introduces a large element of risk, which is an opportunity for the bowling side to take a wicket. If well-executed the results are sensational. But should something so exhilarating be allowed?

Any consideration of the laws of cricket should be to make them simpler not more complex. The debate over the reverse-sweep doesn't entirely lend itself to this philosophy but the rules can certainly remain clear and straightforward. My simple suggestion is this:

1 The reverse-sweep should be allowed. 2 A batsman should not be allowed to switch his stance until the ball is released. 3 The umpire should consider any leg-before wicket or wide verdict on the basis of the batsman's original stance.

Cricket is a sport in rapid transition but the fundamentals remain. The reverse-sweep can be traced back decades earlier. Javed Miandad, for example, claims he invented it in the 1980s. Why legislate now when cricketers are executing it to a thrilling and highly entertaining level? Cricket requires flair, charisma, and ingenuity, and I would be surprised if the men in Panama hats and egg and bacon ties at the MCC do not recognise that as well.

Viva la reverse-sweep!

Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He tweets here

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  • AVIDFAN on May 9, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    A batsman should be given the freedom to do anythin he wants wit his bat after the ball is released..

  • Leslie on June 23, 2008, 10:32 GMT

    Dear Azad, I never post comments that often, and am a die-hard Indian supporter(naturally..as an Indian) but I cannot understand why you have to make comments about the Indian team.....you won the Kitply Cup...Congratulations. I guess our future will be displayed by itself irrespective of anyones' opinions.Good luck for the Asia cup!!!

  • Jason on June 23, 2008, 7:39 GMT

    I grew up playing baseball in the United States and was an excellent switch hitter. I carried that ability over to cricket. However, I was expected to pick a side before each ball bowled. I would have to agree that a batsman should have to remain in the original stance until the ball is bowled. He would be a fool to try such a thing against a fast bowler, and the delay would give the slow spinner a fair chance. I am willing to bat against any bowler, fast or slow, from either side of the wicket, but I don't think I would dare to try and change mid-stream, but then, I'm no Pietersen, and certainly no Hanif. I agree, this is really an issue of crediting an Englishman with something a Paki perfected long ago.

  • Irfan on June 22, 2008, 23:23 GMT

    Kamran I think you are completely confused about this issue as switch hitting and reverse sweeping are two different things.During my time I have seen it all used in street games. Reverse sweeping, switch hitting, switching up arms while bowling. I guess they are all ok at that level but at the highest level some amount of propriety should be maintained. Some of the posters seem to think that reverse sweeping could be applied to genuine quick bowlers which is impossible. Only the medium pacers and spinners are the usual victims of this shot. I tend to agree with the poster who said that whatever the English does becomes right and that is due to the lack of creativity in these English players who when do something different becomes trumpetd all over the place regardless of how dated that might be.

  • Kashif on June 22, 2008, 22:23 GMT

    Mate, my comment is not abt reverse sweeping or switch-hitting as it its being called now. I actually wanted to email u but could not get ur email add. Anyway, just wondering R u Pakistani or what? Have u seen what Ashok Malik has written? Y u and Usman try not to counter it in 1 way or another. Please y u didnt make a big fuss and wrote something after explosion in Jaipur. Please remember u have a fiduciary duty toward ppl of Pakistan and u must counter the Indian/Western propaganda. By the way, I think u were on cricinfo well before any Indian. How comes today it has been swampped with Indians?? It almost looks like an Indian website. Please do reply if u cud. Have a gud day

  • Usman Moorad on June 22, 2008, 8:06 GMT

    However interesting this wonderful shot was, quite frankly it does not have much to do with pakistani cricket. It amazes me how readily you write pieces or articles whenever pakistan cricket comes under any negative attention, but easily fail to mention a superb win in a series final. I'm sure if pakistan had got destroyed in the final again you would write something against the PCB/players/coach. Atleast a small mention or your thoughts about that win would do. As for this random racial issue, the amount of security/luxury given to foreigners in pakistan is probably better than any care they would get in their home country.

  • Faridoon on June 21, 2008, 8:00 GMT

    When proving someone wrong, it is not enough to merely say "You're lying". Cold hard facts must be presented to disprove the lie, otherwise you are merely conjecturing.

    Hence, Mikso Mocha, pray do let us know, based on facts of course, who invented the reverse sweep, the reverse swing and the doosra.

    Go ahead, this is your chance to prove all of these Pakistanis worng.

  • Ibrahim on June 21, 2008, 4:45 GMT

    By the way, Levin Adams, come visit Pakistan, will you? Bombing is rare, just because 10 or 20 people out of millions do it doesn't make it as common as road accidents. You talk about a lack of education. How absurd! It's amazing how Westerners tend to see themselves as "educated" (the only education you have is in science, and even that's limited) and the rest of the world consequently as uneducated. The ancient Greeks thought the same way, and the ancient Egyptians and the ancient Romans and countless arrogant civilizations who considered themselves better than others. Fact of the matter is, Levin Adams, the rest of the world sees you for what you are: totally and utterly BRAINWASHED.

  • Ibrahim on June 21, 2008, 4:38 GMT

    Kamran Abbasi, I do think the Pakistan win in the Kitply Cup deserves a mention, if only a fleeting one. As for the Jacob Oram issue--why are Pakistani and New Zealand fans arguing? New Zealand have visited Pakistan in recent years, remember the 2002 and 2003 series (both of which included Jacob Oram, so the fellow is NOT just another coward too scared to play in a country that has proven itself time and again.). By the way, Kiwi wonder, I like and respect New Zealand for a great country, but in no way is the quality of living better there than in Pakistan. Don't judge a nation by the actions of, what, 0.0003 percent of its population.

  • Ruchit on June 20, 2008, 22:29 GMT

    To all the guys spewing venom like Azad Ahmad, Mikso Mocha,Vikral Kayakalp you language just shows out your cheap mentality and hate towards other humans.. Shame on you all.

    Normally I end my posts with "With Regards but you guys don't deserve any Regards.

    Ruchit.

  • AVIDFAN on May 9, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    A batsman should be given the freedom to do anythin he wants wit his bat after the ball is released..

  • Leslie on June 23, 2008, 10:32 GMT

    Dear Azad, I never post comments that often, and am a die-hard Indian supporter(naturally..as an Indian) but I cannot understand why you have to make comments about the Indian team.....you won the Kitply Cup...Congratulations. I guess our future will be displayed by itself irrespective of anyones' opinions.Good luck for the Asia cup!!!

  • Jason on June 23, 2008, 7:39 GMT

    I grew up playing baseball in the United States and was an excellent switch hitter. I carried that ability over to cricket. However, I was expected to pick a side before each ball bowled. I would have to agree that a batsman should have to remain in the original stance until the ball is bowled. He would be a fool to try such a thing against a fast bowler, and the delay would give the slow spinner a fair chance. I am willing to bat against any bowler, fast or slow, from either side of the wicket, but I don't think I would dare to try and change mid-stream, but then, I'm no Pietersen, and certainly no Hanif. I agree, this is really an issue of crediting an Englishman with something a Paki perfected long ago.

  • Irfan on June 22, 2008, 23:23 GMT

    Kamran I think you are completely confused about this issue as switch hitting and reverse sweeping are two different things.During my time I have seen it all used in street games. Reverse sweeping, switch hitting, switching up arms while bowling. I guess they are all ok at that level but at the highest level some amount of propriety should be maintained. Some of the posters seem to think that reverse sweeping could be applied to genuine quick bowlers which is impossible. Only the medium pacers and spinners are the usual victims of this shot. I tend to agree with the poster who said that whatever the English does becomes right and that is due to the lack of creativity in these English players who when do something different becomes trumpetd all over the place regardless of how dated that might be.

  • Kashif on June 22, 2008, 22:23 GMT

    Mate, my comment is not abt reverse sweeping or switch-hitting as it its being called now. I actually wanted to email u but could not get ur email add. Anyway, just wondering R u Pakistani or what? Have u seen what Ashok Malik has written? Y u and Usman try not to counter it in 1 way or another. Please y u didnt make a big fuss and wrote something after explosion in Jaipur. Please remember u have a fiduciary duty toward ppl of Pakistan and u must counter the Indian/Western propaganda. By the way, I think u were on cricinfo well before any Indian. How comes today it has been swampped with Indians?? It almost looks like an Indian website. Please do reply if u cud. Have a gud day

  • Usman Moorad on June 22, 2008, 8:06 GMT

    However interesting this wonderful shot was, quite frankly it does not have much to do with pakistani cricket. It amazes me how readily you write pieces or articles whenever pakistan cricket comes under any negative attention, but easily fail to mention a superb win in a series final. I'm sure if pakistan had got destroyed in the final again you would write something against the PCB/players/coach. Atleast a small mention or your thoughts about that win would do. As for this random racial issue, the amount of security/luxury given to foreigners in pakistan is probably better than any care they would get in their home country.

  • Faridoon on June 21, 2008, 8:00 GMT

    When proving someone wrong, it is not enough to merely say "You're lying". Cold hard facts must be presented to disprove the lie, otherwise you are merely conjecturing.

    Hence, Mikso Mocha, pray do let us know, based on facts of course, who invented the reverse sweep, the reverse swing and the doosra.

    Go ahead, this is your chance to prove all of these Pakistanis worng.

  • Ibrahim on June 21, 2008, 4:45 GMT

    By the way, Levin Adams, come visit Pakistan, will you? Bombing is rare, just because 10 or 20 people out of millions do it doesn't make it as common as road accidents. You talk about a lack of education. How absurd! It's amazing how Westerners tend to see themselves as "educated" (the only education you have is in science, and even that's limited) and the rest of the world consequently as uneducated. The ancient Greeks thought the same way, and the ancient Egyptians and the ancient Romans and countless arrogant civilizations who considered themselves better than others. Fact of the matter is, Levin Adams, the rest of the world sees you for what you are: totally and utterly BRAINWASHED.

  • Ibrahim on June 21, 2008, 4:38 GMT

    Kamran Abbasi, I do think the Pakistan win in the Kitply Cup deserves a mention, if only a fleeting one. As for the Jacob Oram issue--why are Pakistani and New Zealand fans arguing? New Zealand have visited Pakistan in recent years, remember the 2002 and 2003 series (both of which included Jacob Oram, so the fellow is NOT just another coward too scared to play in a country that has proven itself time and again.). By the way, Kiwi wonder, I like and respect New Zealand for a great country, but in no way is the quality of living better there than in Pakistan. Don't judge a nation by the actions of, what, 0.0003 percent of its population.

  • Ruchit on June 20, 2008, 22:29 GMT

    To all the guys spewing venom like Azad Ahmad, Mikso Mocha,Vikral Kayakalp you language just shows out your cheap mentality and hate towards other humans.. Shame on you all.

    Normally I end my posts with "With Regards but you guys don't deserve any Regards.

    Ruchit.

  • hamzah on June 20, 2008, 20:27 GMT

    Incredible kamran, you are the first one to critcise pakistan when times were not good and not even a word on the recent win over india

  • Ak on June 20, 2008, 19:56 GMT

    @ Levin Adams Your level of knowledge about Pakistan is non existent. Blasts 5 times a day where the hell did you get this stat? Let me also clarify that in the years preceding the American upsurge (2007) there were no suicide bombings in Pakistan. The attacks which the Pakistan people are enduring in the last 8 months are a direct result of American pressure on Pakistani politics (but that is another story altogether) The picture the western media portrays of Pakistan is very misleading - have you ever been to Pakistan? You need to get your facts straight. Furthermore do you know of the terrorist attacks which happen in India such as the one that happened in Rajastan during the IPL and other before it? What about the Tamil Tigers and the political situation in Sri Lanka or are you completely ignorant regarding these ground realities in countries you speak of as possible contingency nets?

  • Omer Admani on June 20, 2008, 19:07 GMT

    Kiwi, I don't know where did you get the 80 percent figure, but SA and England both not too long ago visited Pakistan. Also, it should be noted that England IS a western country. Also, England exhibits a lot more power at the international stage than either NZ or AUS. Also, England, along with Pakistan, is at the forefront in the war against terror. Still, England visited Pakistan without any incidents, so did SA. I think part of the reason for the arrogance of Australian players is that there egos are substantially inflated in India. Players are offered Bollywood, showered with ample attention, and so on..it can give a misguided view of the self and the argument by Aus that they are in the war on terror is weak as England visited Pakistan without any incidents. Of course, the bottomline nevertheless is whether the ICC approves of the security. It's the ICC's duty to judge the security and individual perception is what it is. I don't even know where Kiwis appear in this frame.

  • Omer Admani on June 20, 2008, 18:07 GMT

    Kiwi Wonder, That is the point, if the ICC approves it, then obviously those fears are irrational. Jacob Oram's individual perception is insignificant.

    Levin Adams, It was precisely an analogy and the comparison was used to show how fears can be irrational. Of course, Pakistanis suffer from terrorism, but the question is not whether there is a bomb blast somewhere, but whether the players have 'security'. I live in NY and here in Harlem it is hard to walk alone late at nights, but, if I were with two police cars, I would have ample security to make my journey. Of course, there is that one incident where JFK died despite all the security, but I am not JFK and I know that. Similarly, New Zealand is not a western country and doesn't exhibit a lot of power at the international stage. It is a virtually unknown country and why would a terrorist want to attack a Kiwi anyway (or even an Aussie)? Of course, that is not the point. If the ICC approves it after assessing the security, its safe.

  • Sathya on June 20, 2008, 15:55 GMT

    Typically, I am a silent reader of blogs especially if it’s written by an Indian or Pakistani. For the purpose of full disclosure, I am an Indian and a very proud Indian. Very often we see blogs/forums such as these littered with Indians and Pakistanis exchanging nasty messages. Fact: Pakistan was much superior team during the 90’s and India lost many matches. Fact: India has a better team than Pakistan in last 5-6 years. (I am excluding 80’s during which umpiring was diabolical) Why is it so difficult to accept these facts and be civil to each other? It’s a sport and on any given day any team can win or lose. Winning Kitply cup doesn’t make Pakistan a better team; it means they were better on ‘THAT’ day. Same can be said to so many Indian victories. We see so many moderate voices from both sides but it’s mostly the Idiotic messages that stand out. By the way, what ever happened to Javed Khan from Montreal? I am starting to miss his grandiose prose (albeit, off the base sometimes).

  • Azad Ahmad on June 20, 2008, 15:15 GMT

    Oh realy Wasim Whatever You are touche.Oh sir what is inconsequential tournament any way.They are playing International sport for god sake nothing there is inconsequential ,guess you should only watch WC then don,t you.why bother now? Pathetic attitude i would say,and they should lose all these games then? And what have my name done to get abused by you You are a desperate soul.And yeah you are a indian and there is a very clear hint in one of your posts.now find it.go kid Levin adams Yeah i Know it hurts when majority of your population lives in footpaths and plastic pipes,But what the hell, atleast you can use Internet and what,s more you can type aswell And should i list down all of those songs which were copied by Indians from Pakistani singers?Let me tell you Nusrat alone is head and shoulders above anything india has(or will) produced in its history,hard to accept?Yeah i know. Again should i quote head to head here,lol I,m loving it,Indian fans must have miserable lives.

  • Levin Adams on June 20, 2008, 9:27 GMT

    Oh how true about Pakistani's putting their ownership stamp on somethnig which they have no idea about it. I remember during my college days at Manchester , Pakistanis used to purchase projects at term ends from their Indian friends from different colleges and stamp their name on it and submit the project as their own(Thankfully the professor knew about it and gave them deserving low grades as during interview they could not explain the project in depth))....This blog suddenly reminded me of that incident..........Its really an example of copy and claim pysche of these guys..Even some Pakistani songs tune rhyme with ABBA and BoneyM songs of past...I guess its culture that you just copy and claim it...Guess they see nothnig wrong in it...I am sure even the law in pakistan would do nothnig about it as coyright issue seems to be a no-brainer in Pakistan

  • Levin Adams on June 20, 2008, 9:18 GMT

    One blogger asked why after subways blast , did Australia not leave England but are now refusing to tour Pakistan for security reasons. The sole reason is that in UK there has been only one bomb blast incident since last 5 years and to put Pakis into more perspective ,it was Pakistani guys who were part of subway bomb conspiracy. Anyway it was one in 5 years bomblast. Now take Pakistan , atleast 5 blasts a day are reported and God knows how much more are not reported in media. No Sherlock Holmes required to judge why Kiwi or Aussies.....I bet English players will soon have concern on the same issue very soon...Cant blame them all .....As reasons for concern are Genuine. Afterall a country where people (a blogger above)refer to terrorist attacks akin to road accidents, well why take a chance in such country??? I mean for GodSake its just Champions trophy and it can well be moved to SL or India or to be the safest NZ or Aus...As it is the infrastructure in Pakistan is horrible.

  • Levin Adams on June 20, 2008, 9:08 GMT

    Poverty and lack of education seems to have sowed the seeds of hatred in mind of Pakistanis. As if that was not enough ,I see they are caliming credit for invention of Plane technology too.....I am ususally a silent reader of this blog but this tall Pakistani claim was too much ot digest.... Mikso ,you really have a great sense of humour, but are precise and to the pint on this issue;). Ya I guess that last thing the Pakis might add "We invented earth and moon and sun " or did i miss the claim :) Take care boys.... and Claim everythnig.

  • Rauf on June 20, 2008, 8:55 GMT

    To VIKRAL KAYAKALP

    "I think the most of Pakis are full of haterd against the whole world."

    Facts please. I know (some not all) Indians plus most Indian media are desperate to blame Pakistan even for getting untimely haemorrhoids in their rear ends but the facts are always different.

    Read this entire blog and read posts by Pakistani posters (you can tell them apart by name) and see if anyone said anything negative about India or Indians or Indian culture/faith (anything other then cricket) until the drivel from this moron named Mikso.

    I know you guys are conditioned from birth to blame Pakistan for every stupid thing but grow up for crying out loud. The way you guys talk, it looks like you belong to a smaller country then Pakistan and not the "incredible India" you fool the world into believing in. Perhaps this is true in your small mindset and attitude.

  • Mikso Mocha on June 20, 2008, 8:08 GMT

    List of Pakistani claims which the world agress 100% are Saqalain invented dooosra , Javed invented the bat,Hanif (Who) invented banana kick in soccer, Pakistan invented IPL idea , Musharaf invented nuclear bomb, Wahid brother not Wright brothers invented airplane , Garim khan not Graham Bell invented telephone , Sabeer khan not Sabeer Bhatia made Hotmail , Pakistan invented Soccer ...This is getting hilarious....If Abdul Qadir was best spinner then I guess Makhaya Nitini is Bradman on the century;).....If Pakistan are Brazil of cricket then America is a third world country.........If Pakistan is as good as Western country then I guess Ethopia is next superpower of world... I guess Pakist also invented the Bikini ;)

  • Mikso Mocha on June 20, 2008, 7:56 GMT

    Ya sure Hanif Mohammad invented the reverse weep LOL sorry sweep. Dunno if he invented it not but u Pakis sure have mastered the reverse WEEP :P:P:P as can be seen from blogs always weeping for credit for thnigs others do. Anyway I am sure in your text books in school it must be Ahmed invented car techology, Faisal invented peniciilin or perhaps Abdul proposed gravitational and electromagnetic theory or perhaps some Arshad incented the Intel chip. Hey buddy if you feel happy in your dream world and I offended you then I guess its my mistake. Oh and yes whoever Wasim coached India's left hand bowlers ,he did it becos he was offered $$$$$$ somethnig which you guys could not;). Well that says a lot about Wasims patriotism right;). Now only if the Pakis invested the small amount of $$ they have in cricket instead of making bombs and suicide bombers, perhaps Pakistan would have a better team. Ur problem is u hate Indian success and cook up stories to give urself some consolation:):)

  • Kiwi Wonder on June 20, 2008, 7:46 GMT

    Omer Admani said "Jacob Oram might as well not cross the road because of the fear of accidents-- and he will still have as much of an option never to cross a road again." . Admani-Buddy you need to understand differnce between accidents and terrorist attacks. Accidents are accidental and terroism is planned attack on foriegners in Pakistan for Islamic reasons. In your own words "if the ICC approves the tournament in Pakistan after the security check, then those fears are obviously irrational" Read cricinfo properly because ICC is going to monitor the security situation in Pakistan and have SL as backup venue. If ICC is still going assess the situaion then it means they are not sure Pakistan is safe. So obviously Jacob Oram is correct. I mean why get killed by Islamic terroists for sake of cricket. If its just cricket Jacon needs to play he can play in IPL , counties or even in local tournaments.Chances are most of Aus/NZ/SA players will boycott Champions trophy and its no surprise!!

  • Kiwi Wonder on June 20, 2008, 7:39 GMT

    Arshad Jamal,As expected u would blame religious and radical bias. Well why is it that 80% of all countries have same opinion about Pakistan that its unsafe country which harbours terror.The bias is on facts and figures and not becos we hold anythnig against Pakis. True the aussies did not leave Eng or India after bomblasts. Simply because they trust the security agencies there will make them secure. No one trusts same about Paki security agencies because its a well known fact that there are sympathisers in your forces for the Islamic terorrists. As fas as NZ bieng a medicore team, we are aware of the fact and never make false-tall-self opinionated claims of bieng the best.And simple answer to why Pakis migrate to NZ is becasue it gives them better quality of life, more security and more money.In short they know problems of Pakistan and want to run away from it becos they are aware there a bleak future in Pak.FYI Srilanka has been designated by ICC as backup venue if Pak is unsafe.

  • Arshad Jamal on June 20, 2008, 5:43 GMT

    Kiwi Wonder, you have drifted too far away from the topic and talked about the safe quality of life. Well, ask this question about safe quality of life from the Aboriginals of New Zealand and Australia. They would say "What???". You hypocrites have spread so much negative propaganda against Pakistan because of your religious and racial bias. Just now during IPL 40+ people have died from the bomb blasts in a city of India. Did anyone leave the country or even the city? Hell no. Why didn’t Australia leave England after the subway bomb blast? Where were your greatest concerns of the safety of your lives? Australians did not visit Pakistan because their players could not loose IPL big bucks. As a matter of fact New Zealand is the most mediocre cricket team in the world so far, even below Zim. New Zealand has acquired the test status in 1929-30 and won their first ever test in 1955-56. You have won only 19.17% of your 339 tests. I can bet you will be the first victim of Bangladesh.

  • VIKRAL KAYAKALP on June 20, 2008, 1:20 GMT

    I guess Azad Ahmed is confused man and very old. He does not know nothing about cricket but he knows how to hate the world. I think the most of Pakis are full of haterd against the whole world. This is because of the poverty and less education. One blogger is very right that no paki ever invented anything but they will stamp their name on it anyways. They are not aware of the fact that cheating and decieving is not everything in life(check the history books about cheating). The real test is compete with the world produce good players and then win and then automatically you are champs. But right now you are all disgusting paki bloggers and your team with malik's g**y attitude will suffer defeat from all the teams......thats my vikral curse for pak team...but i like Afridi He is best.

  • Faisal M, Montreal Canada on June 19, 2008, 17:30 GMT

    Kamran bhai you need to bring up this security matter in your blog. I am sure you read the head line with Ponting on the Champions Trophy, also that some players may just not visit pakistan regardless of the security. I mean this is ridiculous. Are they boycotting Pakistan completley,even if the security is not the issue? I dont understand, this is like making sure that PCB does go bankrupt, and no good series will ever be played in pakistan, what about the world cup? You have to use this media and send a message to all these players who are creating a problem for Pakistan for no reason. I mean how much biased could you be. If they dont see big bucks, they have a problem playing the game!! They had no problems when there was bomb blast in England in front of the visitors hotel. When was the last time a bomb went off near the players accomodation which threatened there life. They are ruining our cricket! Someone needs to raise there voice!

  • Omer Admani on June 19, 2008, 16:15 GMT

    Kiwi Wonder, What I don't understand is that why NZ and AUS players always mention themselves as 'Western Countries'. They are NOT western countries, and Pakistan is a lot more of a 'western' country than either of Aus or Nz. Certainly, England and South Africa are a lot more 'western' countries and both have have visited Pakistan recently. NZ or AUS, on the other hand, are way in the East. When people can have irrational fears, they are usually referred for counseling to set their thinking right, and if the ICC approves the tournament in Pakistan after the security check, then those fears are obviously irrational. Jacob Oram might as well not cross the road because of the fear of accidents-- and he will still have as much of an option never to cross a road again.

    And,of course,Pakistanis migrate to NZ because it is, like Aus, an underpopulated country. It leads to specialization and opportunity for the Kiwis(where every kiwi has to be a barber, now there is one in town they can goto

  • Wasim Hassan on June 19, 2008, 14:25 GMT

    Azad Ah-mad, may be you don't understand english but I said 'fellow countryment' in my post. It is the hysteria created by people like you that comes in the way of progress the pakistani cricket so desperately needs. You go dancing in the street on a rare victory in 'kitply' cup and then march in those same streets on a loss demanding captains head in a equally inconsequential tournament. What we need to abolish is the fickle mindness that induces that sort of behaviour. If it is too hard for you to understand; go protest or dance in the streets.

  • Azad Ahmad on June 19, 2008, 11:07 GMT

    Sachin, Ganguly,Dravid, Kumble, Zaheer and Harbhajan Who...Haha All past their best and sell by dates,(if they were ever good enough anyway) Should i quote head to head results here again,lol It hurts to get dominated by a 7 times smaller country but you should have got used to it by now,but don,t be worried Further defeats are coming your way in near future. Only one tournament win in last decade for great team India,bottomlessly abysmal record. But hay they have got IPL,

  • Rauf on June 19, 2008, 10:14 GMT

    To Mikso Mocha

    It's actually more hilarious to read your ignorant drivel.

    If you don't know who Hanif Mohammad was then you are either from the young "generation X" whose attention span is less than a minute or you don't know much about cricket.

    Hanif Mohammad retired from international cricket when Kevin P. (and most likely yourself) were perhaps still in your diapers or not even born yet. Now go to cricinfo player profile and type in Hanif Mohammad and search for words "reverse sweep". Do the same for Sarfraz Nawaz and this time search for "reverse swing". Sarfraz was swinging the ball before some of the current bowlers were even born. While doing that, also lookup Abdul Qadir with regards to wrist spin... in case you think Warne or Kumble invented the technique.

    And to rub a bit more salt in your wounds... who were current Indian left arm fast bowlers secretly coached by before they could even take a wicket or swing a ball... Wasim who? you may ask.

  • Cameron Alford on June 19, 2008, 4:39 GMT

    I would like to make a few points about the Pietersen shot. I have played the exact same shot and was given out for obstructing the fielding team. my first point is if he had missed the ball, would it of been called a wide, second point would the bowler be called for a no ball for having to many fielder on the leg side, eg. a 7-2 when the bat switches wouldn't this mean that the off side field is now the leg side field and result in having to many players on the leg side. Fair enough if the player plays a reverse sweep with crossed hands, but not fair if he switches

  • JamJar on June 18, 2008, 21:16 GMT

    M. Y.. Kasim. Houston. Tx.. USA,

    It was very refreshing to read a post such as yours on here. I've been participating on and off this blog for over a year now and havent really come across a post from you before. Please continue to contribute as its always nice to read seasoned and insightful posts such as yours.

    With respect to KP playing his innovative shot, fair play to him. I watched him play it and was surprised at how much power he managed to generate. I'd like him to try it against a Pak bowler though :)

  • Wasim Hassan on June 18, 2008, 15:56 GMT

    I see my fellow countrymen are itching to celebrate a victory that was just one off. Someone should remind them that one swallow does not make a summer and the same applies when the team loses one odd game as well. One loss and most of the people-- who are itching to celebrate-- would be as sad as they are mourning a loved one.And at the same time they would also be demanding sacking of each and every player. What a sickening display of fickle minded behaviour. This may be a dampner but let us also remember that we beat a team of youngsters without Sachin, Ganguly, Dravid, Kumbley, Zaheer and Harbhajan.

  • rahul on June 18, 2008, 15:45 GMT

    Cricket as you said is a sport in transition, and shots like this will appeal more to everyone and make this sport a bit innovative, regarding LBW ,it should be judged according to the original stance.

  • Mikso Mocha on June 18, 2008, 12:21 GMT

    It hilarious how Pakistanis want to get credited for feats they did not do or even if they did could not market it properly due to poor marketing skills. I mean come on ..you claim that Hanif (Hanif who??) invented reverse sweep, Some Paki invented reverse swing....Some paki again invented doosra.Og God what false claims I guess I wont be surprised if you guys though you invented cricket itself....I guess in the mind of Pakistanis they also invented Toyota ,Boieng,the B52 or or perhaps Computer technology or maybe I guess it must have been a Pakistani who gave the world the electromagnetic theory. Perhaps it was also a Pakistani who discovered penicillin. ...I guess all they do is copy copy copy and duplicate and make fake claims...THe only Genuine thing that can be attributed to Pakistan is trouble throughout the world;) the sole reason why anyone form other countries does not really visit Pakistan unless forced by circumstances.......Next thing to claim is SOCCER invention right.

  • Kiwi Wonder on June 18, 2008, 12:12 GMT

    Nash Sunny : About Jacob oram you said So extremely under-talented he is that he should thank Pakistan to even invite him and his team to participate in a big event!!! Well How true buddy that why Pakistanis line up in hundreds outside our consulate to migrate to NZ. Have you ever heard of a Kiwi trying to migrate to Pakistan.Of course never...I assume you know why;). Better and safe quality of life is the reason just incase you are a dimwit.

  • Kiran on June 18, 2008, 10:23 GMT

    I do and dont agree with what your are saying. firstly the reverse sweep should be aloud! secondly, you cant change your stance after the ball is bowled, especially if your facing a 95mph ball by DW Steyn, Brett Lee etc. lastly, the quality of umpiring today is woeful, so how do you expect them to give the lbw/wide desision on the basis of their original stance??!! it would only be possible if they were finally allowed to use technology. Anyway, if KP can play this shot let a lone hit it for SIX means he's skillful, so if he can, and wants to risk it, and take advantage of the field, He SHOULD be able to play the REVERSE SWEEP.

  • Durrani on June 18, 2008, 9:22 GMT

    Kamran,

    You sure have a lot of time on your hands and don't know what to do with it.

    Is this really an issue ??

    Get a life bloggers !!

  • Faridoon on June 18, 2008, 8:55 GMT

    Kamran, I agree with your first suggestion. Reverse sweep or switch hitting should both be allowed. However I beg to differ with the second and third suggestions.

    If a batsman changes his stance before the ball is bowled, thats an advantage to the bowler who would clearly see what the batsman is up to and bowl accordingly.

    Lbw decisions, especially when a ball pitches outside leg stump are dependant on the stance. Hence if a batsman chooses to change his stance to switch-hit, his order of stumps must also be considered changed, i.e, if he switches, then his off stump becomes his leg stump and vice versa. Or to simplify the rule they could just say that if the batsman switches stance, then he can be given out lbw even if the ball pitched outside leg stump of his original stance.

  • Anjo on June 18, 2008, 8:31 GMT

    I agree with NJ, when the batsmen decides to employ the "switch-stroke" at the last minute, then both the wide lines should form the boundary. I also think that if the stroke is played, the umpires shouldn't consider whether the ball pitched outside (either :-) ) the leg-stump when considering an lbw. This seems only fair. I also agree with Martin's sentiment, over the years we have seen almost every new rule made in favor of the batsman. Bats have evolved dramatically while only the only change to the ball has been its improved lifespan. How about introducing balls with sides that have varying degrees of abrasion? In other words, one side gets rough quicker while the other stays smooth for a longer time, for Twenty20s at least, where the bowler has no chance. Won't this only add to the excitement as well? I can see the reaction already "Oh that goes against the very sanctity of the game" etc... Cricket matches are exciting when there is a good balance between batting and bowling.

  • Javaid on June 18, 2008, 8:31 GMT

    Again you come up with blog of reverse sweep in Pak Spin whereas you were quite instrumental in all pak defeats and even on DNA email etc but you never bother to write a single word ever on any Pakistan win. MCC already allowed KP to play whatever he wants to play and you are spending energy to prove it right or wrong. I don't care who is playing reverse sweep or who ever invented it but how Pakistani cricket is progressing is our concern.

  • eddyg on June 18, 2008, 7:30 GMT

    The 'switch hit' is audacious and thrilling to watch. I am sure in future many players will attempt to master this stroke and it will be accepted, just the same as innovative bowling such as the googly or reverse swing were. It is wonderful for spectators and has a high degree of risk for batsmen and like wise I am sure many wickets will be taken through the attempts of batsmen to perfect this stroke. KP makes this stroke look simple, it's not, it's pure genius.

  • Bilal on June 18, 2008, 7:27 GMT

    dude why don't you praise the way Pakistan won against India? why aren't you celebrating this one?

  • Riverlime on June 18, 2008, 7:24 GMT

    Nabil, I agree with you that there are far worse things going on in world cricket to worry about. As a matter of fact Modi did not even come up with the idea of an Indian twenty20 league. It was first proposed by Zee TV and the BCCI turned it down, saying it would be detrimental to Indian cricket. Zee went ahead and did it anyway and formed the ICL, and BCCI then copied them and is now trying to hold the entire world to ransom, or they'll take away their bat and ball. Thank God for Stanford. At least there is an alternative on the horizon. For now it just pays WI and Eng cricketers, but he plans to include more countries as time goes by. If top cricketers can get a fair wage for a short period of hit-n-giggle, then they can focus on Tests, the real cricket.

  • Rizzy Khan on June 18, 2008, 7:16 GMT

    The reverse sweep should be allowed as it is an innovation, more innovations should be happening to keep up with the twenty20 extravaganza. But the normal rules of wides should still apply, as the batsman becomes a left hander, the ball, if going down leg side is not a wide as it would have been had it been a right hander. Also the reverse sweep(or more pull) gives the bowler more of a chance, if he pitches it full and straight and the batsmen misses, then the bowler will surely hit or lbw will come into contention. Also, Mr Kamran Abassi, this is a blog about Pakistan cricket, so why are we discussing an English mans new shot, should we not be discussing the positives and negatives of Pakistan's final? When Pakistan do well, why do people go silent?

  • Nabil on June 18, 2008, 6:43 GMT

    The reverse sweep should be allowed. Why not? It takes a great deal of skill to be able to pull of the shot successfully. Bowlers can bowl googlies and the doosra which spin the other way. Even though their bowlers description might be right arm off spin but their doosra spins like a leg spin ball so that should be disallowed to. KP is the only person I have ever seen who hits reverse sweeps for six. He even did it last year when Sri lanka came to england of Murli no less. It is high time that instead of criticizing ingenuity the MCC should actually take a look at the real problems in Cricket. One being that the ICL players not being allowed to play for counties and domestic cricket even in the 20/20 champions trophy. Who does Lalit Modi think he is? He is acting as the final arbitrator and decision maker on players lives and their futures. Just because he came up with the concept of IPl does NOT give him the right to make such decisions. 20/20 was invented in England three years ago.

  • Common Man on June 18, 2008, 6:34 GMT

    Isn't this "switch-hitting" different from Reverse sweep. Why is this article talking about reverse sweep, whereas the actual subject is 'switch-hitting'. This article is written just for the sake of it (like the 'breaking news' we see in news channels)

    And somebody is having a sadistic pleasure in India losing against Pak. I really don't know when this is going to stop. The Indians and pakis using the forums to bash each other and most of their comments will not be in a good taste. Lets stop this and talk about cricket. PCB is in shambles and so the Indian Hockey Federation. Why take a dig at each other.

  • RIshi on June 18, 2008, 6:17 GMT

    Definitely David Houghton of Zimbabwe did not invent it, but as far as I can stretch my volatile memories, he was instrumental in bringing it back to limelight in 1987 world cup, when he played some amazing shots. somehow I started seeing that shot more and more often in that world-cup (including that world-cup final with Mike Gatting undoing it) And Houghton never got out while doing it. Those who did, should not count as Masters of reverse sweep :-) -Rishi

  • Ash Zed - Saudi Arabia on June 18, 2008, 5:05 GMT

    Javed Miandad certainly did not invent reverse sweep. He often played this shot and I would say credit goes to him to make it quite popular at international level.

    The real inventors of this shot are Mohammad Family. Hanif was the one who introduced and Mushtaq first probably the first player to show this art in test cricket.

    This is just like Doosra invented by Saqlain but now every ordinary bowler like Monty, Kanaria or Piyush Chawala are delivering Doosra and no one remembers the great Saqlain.

  • Tanweer Bukhari, Dubai on June 18, 2008, 4:38 GMT

    You guys forgot to mention Misbah..A talk about reverse sweep is never complete without a word for him !!!

  • NJ on June 18, 2008, 3:23 GMT

    One of your least thought-about articles. I agree with your first and main point - the switch-shot should be allowed. (1) How can the umpire judge if the batsman switched before the ball is delivered? He already has enough on his plate looking at lbws and no-balls and stuff (2)If the batsman is allowed to switch before the bowler delivers, it would help counter negative bowling-especially in tests. (3)Your third point on the decision being based on the original stance doesn't make sense given the negation of your second. If the batsman reverses, the wide line on both sides should form the boundary etc etc.

  • Swami on June 18, 2008, 2:41 GMT

    You are fast becoming a joke. On your suggestions,

    1 Reverse sweep is already allowed. Switch hitting is different from reverse weep. Its about changing the grip and stance.

    2. I would like to see a batsman trying it against Brett Lee and if his teeth are intact, then good luck to him.

    3 That is already the law. Thanks for your suggestion.

    The debate has advanced way beyond your understanding of the issue.

  • S Mohammed Hussain on June 18, 2008, 0:53 GMT

    Kamran Bhai, thanks for your insightful blog.

    However, as a resident of the cricket-news-starved USA, I would love to read your thoughts on Pakistan's victory over India in the kitply cup, given that it was completely unexpected.

    Is this a fluke win or a maybe, just maybe, a sign of good things to come?

  • Arsh on June 18, 2008, 0:52 GMT

    I agree. Reverse sweep allowed by switching of to a left handed is just plain wrong.

  • Azad Ahmad on June 18, 2008, 0:51 GMT

    Only 1 tournament win for india in last 9 years yeah very very world class team!lol wonder where their next test cricketer is going to come from,It looks gloomy for them,IPL is going to destroy their test cricket big time. likes of Yousaf pathan and rohit nothing more than ugly sloggers IMO, Fahad here is frustrated because they didn't give him 2 crores, What is a big deal in 2 crores anyway?He should wait for WC win,lol That,s why people all over the world say Pakistanis are the most ungrateful bunch in the world.

  • Omar Ansari on June 17, 2008, 21:16 GMT

    How would you define the batsman's 'original stance' The stance he usually takes or the one he has undertaken right before the delivery of the ball?

  • Faisal M, Montreal Canada on June 17, 2008, 21:09 GMT

    Well said Kamran bhai, reverse sweep is a very risky shot and it takes alot of courage for a batsman to go that way, where the risk of losing the wicket is high. I do believe in deed that Javed Miandad was one of the best reverse sweepers i have ever seen. However the point i disagree with is that when umpires are calling a wide they must not go with original stance of the batsman, as that would be highly unfair for the bowler, who might be aiming for the batsman's toe with a good yorker and the batsman while playing reverse sweep might miss it, and the umpire calls it a wide since it will be on the leg side of the batsman's original stance. In that sense i think the wide laws must change as well along with the batsman's stance. Similarly the lbw laws must change as well. A rite handed leg spinner should be given an LBW decision while bowling around the wicket to a right hander who changed his stance after the dilevery was released. In normal cases umpires rarely give do that.

  • Nash Sunny on June 17, 2008, 20:59 GMT

    i think Jacob Oram needs to worry about his game more than the political situation in Pakistan.. He is no tendulkar or Lara.. neither is he any McGrath or Wasim. neither does he belong to a team that has won any worthwhile tournament since decades. So extremely under-talented he is that he should thank Pakistan to even invite him and his team to participate in a big event!!!

  • M. Y. Kasim. Houston. Tx. USA on June 17, 2008, 19:09 GMT

    Part-II

    Dont take me wrong.

    I am a great fan of Javed Miandad. In fact, his father and I were close friends when I was an active member of Muslim Gymkhana in Karachi back in 1970s and know him when he was a kid.

    I consider him as the second best Batsman Pakistan has produced after Hanif Mohammad.

    And I am sure he must have perfected and mastered the reverse sweep, but he certainly did not invented it. I know it for sure.

    Back in 1948-49 when I participated in Karachi's Inter-school tournament for Ruby Shield Trophy, I was priviledged to play against Hanif Mohammad.

    Even in that early stage, "The Little Master" used to execute reverse sweep with perfect timing and mastery to the amazement of us all and sundry. Credit goes to the untiring efforts of Late Master Abdul Aziz who coached and guided Hanif as long as he lived like his son. It is also a fitting but ironic reward that his own son, Salim Durrani went on to play Tests for India

  • Raja on June 17, 2008, 18:12 GMT

    The discussion is not about whether or not to allow reverse sweep; I think it is about when the batsman can switch his stance. In that sense KPs reverse sweep should not be allowed because he's changing his stance even before the ball is released. Otherwise, it opens a list of other problems about legside LBW decisions, leg side wides, etc. Its a shame that MCC has given it a go without addressing other related problems.

  • M. Y.. Kasim. Houston. Tx.. USA. on June 17, 2008, 17:52 GMT

    I am sure Javed Miandad never claimed he invented or even perfected the reverse sweep. I have his Autobiobiography with me in which he alluded sowething like that he knew the shot well in passing remark to his shot and dismissal in the final of 1992 World Cup. As far as I know, it was the original "Little Master," Hanif Mohammad who invented and perfected the reverse sweep. He was a right handed batsman but could bat left-handed, bowled right hand leg-spin, off-spin, left-arm slow and kept wicket in several Tests for Pakistan!!

    To me, he was and is the the ultimate Cricketer Pakistan has ever produced so far. Unfortunately, politics, narrow-mindedsess and regionalism has denied him the due recognition he desreves.

    That is the reason why Pakistan is at the SIXTH place right now instead of SECOND OR THIRD position. And there no light at end of the tunnel.

    Untill and unless the whole system unergoes wholesale changes, it will find itself among minnows very soon.

  • Salman Khan on June 17, 2008, 17:43 GMT

    I dont see any problem in accepting reverse swing. if a batsman can take a chance to changce his stance and hit the ball on the reverse direction it gives a bigger chance to the bowling side to get him out. so its 50-50. so it should be allowed.

  • Fahad on June 17, 2008, 17:43 GMT

    KP's Reverse Sweep is cool. But Lara's jumping pull has to be the cutest shot ever played.

    I heard PCB gifted 2 crore rupees to Pak team for winning a little tournament. huh.. like they say in urdu.. sir per chara liya

  • uzi on June 17, 2008, 17:38 GMT

    I fully agree that the shot is exciting and truly entertaining. If only we could see KP in the IPL! Your proposed rule about the timing of the stance-change is unrealistic, as a batsman has practically no chance of changing his stance AND grip-as Pietersen did- after the ball has been released. Also, can this shot be called the reverse sweep, when the reverse doesn't involve a grip change? Any new name suggestions? Anyways, I know I'll be trying "the KP special" at practice today!

  • Martin Hook on June 17, 2008, 17:21 GMT

    Why don't they simply outlaw the bowlers. A machine can throw a ball at a spot and runs could be awarded by the distance a batsman can hit the ball. What nonsense is this switch-hitting! It makes mockery of wide ball rules and field settings. In a game that is already loaded in the favor of batsman, this would be a the proverbial last straw. I mean they dont even allow bowlers to switch to round the wicket before letting the umpire and the batsman know about it. I don't think this is a good thing for the cricket. Reverse sweep is different and is acceptable because batsman takes risk in switching the position once the ball is bowled for he may lose the balance etc. But switching before the ball is bowled is load of crap ! Very very unfair for the bowlers I must say.

  • Ashar on June 17, 2008, 17:16 GMT

    "Point that most people are missing!" hitting a shot from your unnatural side in itself is a difficult job, let alone hitting a six as KP did, so i think those who are comparing a batsman changing his stance to a bowler changing his side of bowling should keep that in mind before they ask for the same freedom for bowlers!

  • Ash Zed - Saudi Arabia on June 17, 2008, 17:04 GMT

    If something is invented by an Englishman or Australian, it is perfectly legal and within the limits of the game; if someone from Pakistan does the same, for sure it is illegal and corrupt practice.

    Don’t you remember about reverse swing? When Wasim & Waqar tormented English batsmen in 1992 and 1996 tour, it was cheating and the bigoted English press did everything possible to defame Pakistan. When Jones and Flintoff learn how to make the ball reverse swing in 2005 Ashes, all of a sudden, reverse swing became an art mastered by Jones and Flintoff. As of today, no one in English press ever mentioned about the stream of Pakistan bowlers starting from Sarfraz Nawaz to Waqar as pioneers of reverse swing.

    Same goes with this new invention of Pietersen. He is a so called privileged white man; he can invent whatever he wants!!

    Imagine Mohammad Yousef having a squash ball in his glove while batting but of course it is perfectly ethical if Gilchrist does the same.

  • Gugu on June 17, 2008, 16:52 GMT

    I was quite sure Pietersen would be vindicated and he indeed is as we know now of the decision made by Panamas. I do have my reservation over squash ball in gloves though!

  • Waqas on June 17, 2008, 16:27 GMT

    Assalam u alaikum Kamran,

    You have been pretty vocal over Pakistan's shoddy performances of late (which is not bad), however, I think you should have mentioned a word or two about Pakistan's victory over India in the Kitply Cup final. This was a much-needed victory for a team which has been embroiled in controversies for far too much and consequently hasn't been able to deliver the goods consistently. It was an excellent all-round show put up by the under-fire Pakistanis and as such, they really deserved some mention in your post.

    Wassalam

  • zca on June 17, 2008, 16:23 GMT

    the reverse sweep should be OK as long as u don't swap your hands. The wide/lbw should be adjudged accordingly. Both sides should be treated as off-side for wides/lbw decisions when the batesman is reverse sweeping. U have to be fair to the bowlers! The ICC's answer that the bowlers don't tell u what delivery they're going to bowl - absolute rubbish! Can the bowlers change the bowling hand at the last minute? - or do the batsmen tell bowlers where they'll l play if the ball is overpitched?

  • Jibran Mirza on June 17, 2008, 15:07 GMT

    How is a reverse sweep (in the eyes of the MCC) illegal, and a leg-spinners "googly" or an off-spinners "doosra" legal ? if a bowler is classed Right arm leg break, and he bowls a wrong 'un, should that be illegal ? however, good to see some form of innovation (finally) coming from an English team !!! viva la reverse sweep !!!

  • Rauf on June 17, 2008, 14:59 GMT

    1 The reverse-sweep should be allowed.

    Agreed

    2 A batsman should not be allowed to switch his stance until the ball is released.

    Until the ball is released? Obviously you have not faced a 100mph zinger from the likes of Brett Lee/Shoiab Akhtar/DW Steyn etc. You barely have time to get your bat in line let alone dance around to change your stance.

    3 The umpire should consider any leg-before wicket or wide verdict on the basis of the batsman's original stance.

    And how will they do that unless somehow they freeze frame the original stance. Let them decide with whatever they can see (and they are wrong on that sometime) not visualize.

    Futhermore... reverse sweep gives a batsman undue advantage i.e. fielding position wise, bowling line etc. If reverse sweep is allowed then fielders should also be allowed to move their position left/right to negate that advantage.

  • Azad Ahmad on June 17, 2008, 14:59 GMT

    More than sweeps Kamran,you should be talking more about Pakistan win,India should get ready for more losses, In Asia cup and CT, Pakistan is back , Pakistan which is always dominant against india Whether it,s Cricket or Hockey Should i quote results of head to head contests between both here,lol My life would have been quite tense if i was a indian fan always thinking about these facts, And why Cricinfo Was so quiet after Pak win? Pakistan brought to earth when they lost first match, And when Pakistan won they were like ODIs Are rubbish anyways,lols so funny and expected They are so perdictable Always, Now use use your reverse psycology tactics all you want or praise Gambhir,nothing is going to change. As for India thier future looks bleak If only likes of chawla and rohit they have got as young players they are in some serious trouble,They are all utterly average and have been exposed, we have salman,lol Why not have a few matches in sharjah now btw that would be fun,Oh

  • JUN8 on June 17, 2008, 14:57 GMT

    I thought Hanif Mohammed of Pakistan invented it

  • Vikas on June 17, 2008, 14:55 GMT

    Exactly Kamran,

    The flair and panache with which a Pietersen might play the reverse sweep shot would elicit poetry from the mouth and a rainbow from the eyes.Such can be the beauty of the shot for a cricket conniseur.The guardians of cricket laws should be worried about the legalising of chuckers and curbing the dissent about umpiring decisions than pondering if the reverse sweep is within the laws of batting. There are far greater concerns for the cricket connesiuers who should be worried about the art of batting being lost to an era of 20-20 sloggers whose only mantra is "hit it hard". Long live Pietersen's audacity and the reverse sweep.

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  • Vikas on June 17, 2008, 14:55 GMT

    Exactly Kamran,

    The flair and panache with which a Pietersen might play the reverse sweep shot would elicit poetry from the mouth and a rainbow from the eyes.Such can be the beauty of the shot for a cricket conniseur.The guardians of cricket laws should be worried about the legalising of chuckers and curbing the dissent about umpiring decisions than pondering if the reverse sweep is within the laws of batting. There are far greater concerns for the cricket connesiuers who should be worried about the art of batting being lost to an era of 20-20 sloggers whose only mantra is "hit it hard". Long live Pietersen's audacity and the reverse sweep.

  • JUN8 on June 17, 2008, 14:57 GMT

    I thought Hanif Mohammed of Pakistan invented it

  • Azad Ahmad on June 17, 2008, 14:59 GMT

    More than sweeps Kamran,you should be talking more about Pakistan win,India should get ready for more losses, In Asia cup and CT, Pakistan is back , Pakistan which is always dominant against india Whether it,s Cricket or Hockey Should i quote results of head to head contests between both here,lol My life would have been quite tense if i was a indian fan always thinking about these facts, And why Cricinfo Was so quiet after Pak win? Pakistan brought to earth when they lost first match, And when Pakistan won they were like ODIs Are rubbish anyways,lols so funny and expected They are so perdictable Always, Now use use your reverse psycology tactics all you want or praise Gambhir,nothing is going to change. As for India thier future looks bleak If only likes of chawla and rohit they have got as young players they are in some serious trouble,They are all utterly average and have been exposed, we have salman,lol Why not have a few matches in sharjah now btw that would be fun,Oh

  • Rauf on June 17, 2008, 14:59 GMT

    1 The reverse-sweep should be allowed.

    Agreed

    2 A batsman should not be allowed to switch his stance until the ball is released.

    Until the ball is released? Obviously you have not faced a 100mph zinger from the likes of Brett Lee/Shoiab Akhtar/DW Steyn etc. You barely have time to get your bat in line let alone dance around to change your stance.

    3 The umpire should consider any leg-before wicket or wide verdict on the basis of the batsman's original stance.

    And how will they do that unless somehow they freeze frame the original stance. Let them decide with whatever they can see (and they are wrong on that sometime) not visualize.

    Futhermore... reverse sweep gives a batsman undue advantage i.e. fielding position wise, bowling line etc. If reverse sweep is allowed then fielders should also be allowed to move their position left/right to negate that advantage.

  • Jibran Mirza on June 17, 2008, 15:07 GMT

    How is a reverse sweep (in the eyes of the MCC) illegal, and a leg-spinners "googly" or an off-spinners "doosra" legal ? if a bowler is classed Right arm leg break, and he bowls a wrong 'un, should that be illegal ? however, good to see some form of innovation (finally) coming from an English team !!! viva la reverse sweep !!!

  • zca on June 17, 2008, 16:23 GMT

    the reverse sweep should be OK as long as u don't swap your hands. The wide/lbw should be adjudged accordingly. Both sides should be treated as off-side for wides/lbw decisions when the batesman is reverse sweeping. U have to be fair to the bowlers! The ICC's answer that the bowlers don't tell u what delivery they're going to bowl - absolute rubbish! Can the bowlers change the bowling hand at the last minute? - or do the batsmen tell bowlers where they'll l play if the ball is overpitched?

  • Waqas on June 17, 2008, 16:27 GMT

    Assalam u alaikum Kamran,

    You have been pretty vocal over Pakistan's shoddy performances of late (which is not bad), however, I think you should have mentioned a word or two about Pakistan's victory over India in the Kitply Cup final. This was a much-needed victory for a team which has been embroiled in controversies for far too much and consequently hasn't been able to deliver the goods consistently. It was an excellent all-round show put up by the under-fire Pakistanis and as such, they really deserved some mention in your post.

    Wassalam

  • Gugu on June 17, 2008, 16:52 GMT

    I was quite sure Pietersen would be vindicated and he indeed is as we know now of the decision made by Panamas. I do have my reservation over squash ball in gloves though!

  • Ash Zed - Saudi Arabia on June 17, 2008, 17:04 GMT

    If something is invented by an Englishman or Australian, it is perfectly legal and within the limits of the game; if someone from Pakistan does the same, for sure it is illegal and corrupt practice.

    Don’t you remember about reverse swing? When Wasim & Waqar tormented English batsmen in 1992 and 1996 tour, it was cheating and the bigoted English press did everything possible to defame Pakistan. When Jones and Flintoff learn how to make the ball reverse swing in 2005 Ashes, all of a sudden, reverse swing became an art mastered by Jones and Flintoff. As of today, no one in English press ever mentioned about the stream of Pakistan bowlers starting from Sarfraz Nawaz to Waqar as pioneers of reverse swing.

    Same goes with this new invention of Pietersen. He is a so called privileged white man; he can invent whatever he wants!!

    Imagine Mohammad Yousef having a squash ball in his glove while batting but of course it is perfectly ethical if Gilchrist does the same.

  • Ashar on June 17, 2008, 17:16 GMT

    "Point that most people are missing!" hitting a shot from your unnatural side in itself is a difficult job, let alone hitting a six as KP did, so i think those who are comparing a batsman changing his stance to a bowler changing his side of bowling should keep that in mind before they ask for the same freedom for bowlers!