Toss the Super Sub back into the mix

Given that the Cricket Committee is happy to regularly fine-tune the powerplay structure, the rapidity with which it dumped the Super Sub innovation, and has steadfastly refused to reconsider it, is surprising.

updated: June 08, 2012 12:45 IST
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There's no other sport where rules are tinkered with as often as they are in cricket, of that there is little doubt.

Every year, the wise men that constitute the International Cricket Council's Cricket Committee come up with recommendations aimed at making the sport more interesting and appealing to a wider audience. Invariably, much of their focus is on the 50-over game, sandwiched as it is between the traditional, unshakeable Test match version and the rapidly growing upstart that the Twenty20 format is.

Almost without fail, the powerplay comes under intense scrutiny. This year, the Cricket Committee has recommended the abolishing of the bowling powerplay and completion of the batting powerplay by the 40th over, apart from suggesting that in the non-powerplay overs, no more than four fielders be outside the 30-yard circle.

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