ICC to debate on the legality of switch-hit shot

In May 2009, the ICC Cricket Committee endorsed the view of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the custodian of the game’s laws, that the switch-hit was an exciting shot which offered the bowlers a good chance of taking a wicket and thus one which should remain a legitimate part of the game Getty Images

London: May 28, 2012

The International Cricket Council (ICC) cricket committee, which will be meeting at the Lord’s in London for its two-day annual conference starting Wednesday, might re-consider the legality of switch-hit shot to retain a fair balance between bat and ball.

In May 2009, the ICC Cricket Committee endorsed the view of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the custodian of the game’s laws, that the switch-hit was an exciting shot which offered the bowlers a good chance of taking a wicket and thus one which should remain a legitimate part of the game.

But now with the shot becoming increasingly popular, bastmen are having an undue edge over the bowlers.

“With the more frequent and skillful use of the switch hit, the Committee will be asked to again consider the matter from the perspective of retaining a fair balance between bat and ball,” the ICC said in a statement.

Besides the legality of the switch-hit, a wide range of issues will be discussed during the two day meeting including Twenty20 strategy, the annual review of the Decision Review System (DRS) and the format of ODI cricket. (IANS)