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Unfair???

The MCC's new Law 41.5 states that: "it is unfair for any fielder wilfully to attempt, by word or action, to distract, deceive or obstruct either batsman after the striker has received the ball". The umpires have the discretion to award five penalty runs if they determine that such deception is wilful.

In a paper summarizing the Law changes, the MCC stated specifically that mock fielding, "where a fielder feigns to field the ball and/or feigns to throw a non-existent ball in an attempt to prevent the batsmen running", was regarded as unfair and was a target of this new Law. Although the MCC's revised Laws come into effect from October 1, the JLT Cup's playing conditions reflect the upcoming changes.



Absolute rubbish..if you ask me

comment by Lefty (U17934)

posted on 30/9/17

comment by U1878 SILKY BLUE (U1878)
posted 14 hours, 48 minutes ago
I am asking you.
Why do you consider it to be absolute rubbish?
slightly more lenient a punishment than a footballer being sent off for "diving" or attempting to decieve their opponents and /or officials by feigning injury or hurt to parts of their bodies that never suffered contact during a collision with the sole intention of having the alleged culprit punished.
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Poor comparison..

Switch hit
Doosra
Reverse swing

All arts of deception.

posted on 30/9/17

And all legal techniques as far as i am aware.

posted on 30/9/17

i'd rather see umpires crack down on bowlers who deliberately don't release the ball to try to dummy or psych out the batsman. give them warnings as you would for encroaching on the wicket.

comment by Kav H (U19426)

posted on 30/9/17

Ridiculous law. Batsmen clearly are protected far too much in the modern game and this pretty much sums it up for me.

If a fielder was to feign throwing because he knew the batsman would get back comfortably, why should this be illegal? In the case of no one backing it up, the ball may even go for a boundary if he did throw it.

comment by BO$$™ (U6401)

posted on 1/10/17

If fielders cannot dummy getting a ball then batsmen should not be able to dummy being a right handed batsmen for example and then switch hitting. It's exactly the same thing in that its deceiving the bowler.

This new rule is scandalous.

posted on 3/10/17

The comparisons to diving or feigning injury in football are to deceive the referee into making an incorrect decision which is cheating. As said by others, surely this is similar to a dummy in football or rugby and banning it seems a bit silly? You're just pretending to play the ball to deceive the opposition and it's a clever skill.

I remember seeing a run out where two fielders chased down a ball and one slid down early and threw a fake which made the batsmen hesitate before going for the run and the second fielder still produced a good pick up and throw to remove the batsmen. It was seen as intelligent fielding rather than "not being cricket" which I guess this rule change is trying to imply.

comment by Lefty (U17934)

posted on 5/10/17

I used to shout for a second run, when there wasn't one on..just to try to make the fielder panic and throw it in hard, with the change the keeper or bowler may miss it.

It worked a few times...but again, its legal.

Cricket needs to get with the times.

comment by Lefty (U17934)

posted on 5/10/17

*with the chance

posted on 5/10/17

Did it ever make your batting partner run and leave him stranded or did he know about your shenanigans?

comment by Lefty (U17934)

posted on 6/10/17

comment by The Candlestick Maker (U8959)
posted 19 hours, 50 minutes ago
Did it ever make your batting partner run and leave him stranded or did he know about your shenanigans?
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They knew...also it does depend which end I'm at. eg, if its gone down fine leg and I make it back, I'll call for a false run..and shout no 5 seconds later. Just have to time it right wen the fielder is about to pick up the ball.

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