The MCC which governs the laws in the game of cricket have said that they will be implementing a Cricket Bat Size Law Change as to how big a cricket bat can be.
It has long been viewed that the game has been skewed with the batsmen having too much advantage over bowlers. The technology and skill in making modern day cricket bats also meant that mis-hits were going for six and this was something that the MCC wanted eradicated.
The MCC have asked to approve limitations of 40mm on the edge of the cricket bat and 67mm in swell depth. The 67mm is in fact made up of 60mm of swell and 7mm of curvature on the face of the cricket bat.
There are international cricketers that have edges on their cricket bats that are up to or beyond 50mm, they will henceforth need to have their bats remade. A specific cricket bat gauge will be in effect for all professional cricket matches to ensure that all players have cricket bats that conform to the new regulations. A moratorium period will be in effect in the amateur game, during which players will still be allowed to use their current cricket bats with eventually the need for even amateur players to fall in with the new regulations.
The law is likely to come into effect on the 1st of October 2017, upon approval by a special MCC committee.
The MCC when discussing the laws of cricket also discussed the possibility of having red cards for the first time ever in cricket. This would mean that an umpire could send a player off for the rest of the game if there is a blatant breach in the laws of the game that warrants the player being sent off.
These are some of the changes in the evolving laws of cricket, what are your thoughts on them?