Home > News >

Curtly Ambrose in favour of changing rules in Test cricket

Curtly Ambrose wants to see exciting Test matches © Getty Image
Curtly Ambrose wants to see exciting Test matches © Getty Image

London:  Jul 11, 2014

Cricket legend Sir Curtly Ambrose says the game’s rulers need to make Test matches more exciting by creating quicker pitches and removing restrictions on short-pitched bowling. The former West Indies pacer has warned that if changes are not made to make Test cricket more exciting, the level of interest in the format will continue to decline, reports CMC.

“The two-bouncers-per-over rule (restricting the number of short-pitched balls a fast bowler can deliver) has also taken away a lot of the flair from cricket. The International Cricket Council needs to look at it again,” said Ambrose. He was speaking just before the start of the Test series between England and India, currently underway. Attendances to Test matches around the world are dwindling and some Tests are even played against a backdrop of empty seats.

“If a fast bowler can bowl only a limited number of short balls, you’re taking away a weapon from him,” he said in an interview with Standard Sport. If a batsman is playing the hook shot, the fast bowler needs to be able to see whether that was a fluke, or whether he is serious. Of course, the umpire should step in if the bowler is overdoing it but don’t take away the excitement. It’s so difficult for a fast bowler today.”

Sir Curtly, one of the most menacing fast bowlers in the history of cricket, will mentor the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the 2014 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) which starts Friday in Grenada. “Today things are very one-sided. It is all about the batsmen, while some of the wickets are so slow and low that it is difficult to play well,” said the former Antiguan cricketer who is also part of the West Indies coaching team.

“If you go to a Test match and there is no excitement, it is going to turn people away. If there is a good fast bowler who can rattle the batsman, people enjoy that. When a batsman takes on a fast bowler, people love that competition, regardless of which teams are playing. That is certainly the case in the Caribbean.”

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 22, 2014 (18:30 IST)   at St George's, Grenada

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 23, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Hambantota

India tour of England 2014

Aug 25, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Bristol

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 25, 2014 (00:00 IST)   at Basseterre, St Kitts

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 25, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

More

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 21, 2014  at Bulawayo

South Africa won by 7 wkts

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 20, 2014  at St George's, Grenada

West Indies won by 3 wkts

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 19, 2014  at Bulawayo

South Africa won by 61 runs

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 17, 2014  at Bulawayo

South Africa won by 93 runs

India tour of England 2014

Aug 15, 2014  at London

England won by an innings and 244 runs

Photos

England Women vs India Women 2014, 1st ODI at Scarborough

Videos

Hughes explains technique behind cut shot

India still in a position to succeed against England in ODIs

13 things you may not know about Ravi Shastri

Duncan Fletcher speaks out; explains why Team India failed in the Test series against England!

Science of slip fielding: What might be wrong with Team India’s slip cordon

England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka 2014 Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2014 Ravi Shastri Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014 Zimbabwe

Sachin Tendulkar pays tribute to Yoga guru BKS Iyengar

Zaheer Khan: India cannot win overseas without scoring runs

Kieron Pollard aims to be more consistent for West Indies

Graeme Smith will not be joing Perth Scorchers

Sachin Tendulkar helped to mentally prepare for England tour: Suresh Raina

India tour of England 2014: Blaming WAGs for India’s poor run is childish

India look to regain confidence in warm-up match ahead of ODI series against England

India tour of England 2014: Visitor’s recent record in overseas ODIs a cause for concern

India tour of England 2014: Duncan Fletcher’s see-saw coaching career could be at its end

India tour of England 2014: Is county cricket really the answer for Indian batsmen?

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

660 Posts | 6 Fans

Funny Cricket Wonders and Blunders

Zaheer Khan: India cannot win overseas without scoring runs

LoP issue can`t be prolonged, needs objective consideration: SC

ISIS offered to swap Pakistan scientist for slain United States journalist James Foley

Motorola Moto X+1 photo leaked ahead of launch on September 4

बी.के.एस. अयंगर और उनका अयंगर योग

Tulip Joshi: It was not a calculated move to do TV, I will keep doing films

Kieron Pollard aims to be more consistent for West Indies

Delhi HC dismisses PIL on UPSC exam issue, asks petitioner to approach CAT

Bang Bang song Tu Meri: Hrithik Roshan romances Katrina Kaif in this peppy number

How the Ebola virus spreads in humans

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here