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MCC Committee set to introduce two new laws in cricket

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Starting next year, sendings-off and a restriction in bat sizes are set to be implemented in cricket, according to the BBC.

Umpires will have the authority to dismiss players who are found to have breached any serious disciplinary rules.

Ricky Ponting, MCC (the Marleybone Cricket Club) World Cricket Committee member, stressed the importance of implementing these sanctions to protect the integrity of the game and provide a fairer playing field for both bowlers and batsmen.

"We're talking about a significant change to lower-level cricket because it has got completely out of hand down there," said the former Australian captain. 

The new laws are set to be put into action at all levels of the game from October 1 next year, subject to approval from the World Cricket Committee of the MCC.

According to the laws proposed by the committee, players could be sent off for any of the following reasons: 

  • Threatening an umpire
  • Physically assaulting another player, umpire, official or spectator
  • Any other act of violence on the field of play

Ponting added: "It got to the state where something had to happen to prevent those things happening on the international stage.

"The modern player now understands their role in society, about being role models and want to play the game the right way for younger kids."

RESTRICTIONS ON BAT SIZES

After years of debate, a decision regarding the shortening of the edge and depth of cricket bats has been reached, with the committee claiming the current laws are largely favouring batsmen.

The committee stated: "Many of the top players' bats have edges of between 38mm and 42mm, but there are some which have edges of up to 50mm, which was felt to be excessive and in need of restriction."

A bat gauge is to be used for measuring the bat size at the professional level while the rules remain the same at the amateur level.

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South Africa cricket
Australia cricket
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