Laws/Rules

AUGUST 16, 2014

Are slow over-rates really a problem?

Kartikeya Date: Time should be considered wasted only when a bowling side tries to slow the game down for its own benefit
The advent of DRS has prolonged the average length of a match day, but even so over rates have stayed more or less constant over the last four decades or so © Getty Images
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JULY 17, 2014

Let's hear it for cricket's capriciousness

Sankaran Krishna: The game's idiosyncrasies can lead to plenty of talking points, but they also add thrill to the outcome
JULY 06, 2014

Time to enforce Law 24

Kartikeya Date: If umpires are allowed to judge every delivery on its merits, the problem of throwing can be solved
JUNE 17, 2014

Time to dump the coin toss?

Stuart Wark: Let the home team prepare the kind of pitch they want but let the visitors decide whether to bat or field first on it
JUNE 04, 2014

Sri Lanka in England 2014

England should apologise for mankading, not SL

An editorial in the Guardian says Sri Lanka's mankading of Jos Buttler was well within the rule books, and so it should be England who apologise for the incident, not the visitors.

In the words of Sir Donald Bradman: "If not, why is the provision there which enables the bowler to run him out? By backing up too far or too early, the non-striker is very obviously gaining an unfair advantage." If it's good enough for the Don, it should be good enough for Alastair Cook. It's England who should apologise.

MARCH 27, 2014

The white-line crime

Michael Jeh: Officials spend precious time scrutinising bowlers' foot faults but ignore it when non-strikers gain unfair head starts
MARCH 24, 2014

Why T20 is a disfigured caricature of cricket

Kartikeya Date: Scaling the contest down to 20 overs without changing the rules only leads to a grotesque imbalance between bat and ball
JANUARY 22, 2014

When a six is not enough

Nicholas Hogg: How long before the mighty heave that clears the stadium is awarded more than half a dozen runs?
JANUARY 16, 2014

How does one measure T20 proficiency?

Russell Jackson: The traditional data range of cricket statistics is far too narrow and its focus sometimes irrelevant to the requirements of the shortest format
NOVEMBER 13, 2013

Why the new fielding restrictions in ODIs are a good idea

Kartikeya Date: Bowlers who err go for boundaries and bowlers who are consistent challenge batsmen to take risks
NOVEMBER 07, 2013

Outsource the tampering

Krishna Kumar: There has been enough talk about looking kindly on tampering, but what if it was done off the field?
OCTOBER 23, 2013

Eight ways to empower bowlers in ODIs

V Ramnarayan: If we don't want limited-overs cricket to turn into one-sided massacres, we need to change some rules and encourage attacking fields
MAY 28, 2013

The case for forced player rotation in the IPL

Sourav Kumar, India: Capping the number of league games a player can appear in will add interesting, new dynamics to the IPL
APRIL 17, 2013

Of unwritten laws and moral compasses

Jon Hotten: Cricket's relationship with its rules is a constantly evolving flirtation, unlike in golf, say, where things are more cut and dried
FEBRUARY 16, 2013

Time to rethink the LBW law?

Nilesh Jain: The LBW law has achieved the same place in cricket that the offside rule has in football - just watch a fan explaining either of them to someone else
DECEMBER 19, 2012

Cricket's quirky rules that defy logic

Aakash Chopra: When GB Shaw said "the golden rule is that there are no golden rules", it made for marvellous lyrics
AUGUST 31, 2012

Criticising Mankading is double standards

Paul Leary: A batsman who ignores a warning and continues to leave his crease before the ball is bowled is surely contravening the spirit of the game, rather than the bowler, even if it's unintentional
AUGUST 04, 2012

Laws for fairytale giants

Andrew Hughes: Surely they need to be different from those for commonfolk. Time to give Steven Finn an exemption, then
JULY 27, 2012

Cricket rules vs common sense

Balachandhran S: Alook at three new modifications to the rules of the game which seem dubious at best and at odds with the spirit of the game, at worst
FEBRUARY 07, 2012

Someone, please explain the D/L method

Michael Jeh: I'm no mathematician. Messrs Duckworth & Lewis clearly have brains vastly superior to mine
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