Cricket regulations that could do with a tweak
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Don't penalise fielders for touching the rope

May 5, 2013: If the ball doesn't touch the rope, it shouldn't be a four

Devashish Fuloria

Remove fielding restrictions in ODIs

Apr 28, 2013: It will prompt captains and bowlers to actively seek wickets rather than wait for pressure points to build

Alan Gardner

Make the shortest format two-innings a side

Apr 14, 2013: Bring Test cricket's great strength to cricket's money-making format

Rob Steen

Allow three bowlers to bowl 12 overs each in ODIs

Apr 8, 2013: It's time to tip the scales slightly in favour of the bowling side, and thereby improve the quality of the contest

S Rajesh

Allow lbws outside off even if the batsman offers a shot

Mar 31, 2013: Too many players escape being dismissed by pretending to play the ball

Nitin Sundar

Permit two run-outs off the same delivery

Mar 22, 2013: Take a leaf out of baseball and give fielders a chance to aim for a higher level of achievement

Saad Shafqat

No runs for deflections off direct hits

Mar 16, 2013: If the ball ricochets off the stumps after an attempted run-out, why should it benefit the batsman?

Sambit Bal

Don't ban captains for slow over-rates

Feb 17, 2013: It only serves to devalue the next game, especially if it's a crucial one

Andrew Fidel Fernando

What's wrong with mankading?

Feb 10, 2013: The laws allow it, so why should umpires ask the fielding captain to reconsider appeals for such run-outs?

Brydon Coverdale

No freebies for the protected

Feb 2, 2013: Do not allow today's well-armoured batsmen to get runs when they let the ball hit their bodies rather than their bats

George Binoy

No-ball, not dead ball

Jan 20, 2013: Why put a batsman at a disadvantage for a bowler's rudimentary mistake of colliding with the stumps?

David Hopps

No free hits

Jan 14, 2013: Allowing a batsman to play a legitimate delivery without the fear of losing his wicket goes against the fundamentals of cricket

Aakash Chopra

Go back to the back foot

Dec 22, 2012: That'll reduce the number of illegal deliveries bowled, improve over rates, and give umpires more time to spend on the important decisions

Ian Chappell

Hand it to the bowler

Dec 16, 2012: A handled-the-ball dismissal should count towards a bowler's wicket tally

Daniel Brettig

More bouncers please

Dec 9, 2012: In the first of our new series on cricket rules and laws that could do with changing, we examine the case for unlimited short-pitched bowling in Tests

Sharda Ugra
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