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Cricket looks to reinvent itself as MCC mulls introducing red cards and sin bins

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:38 IST
  • The MCC or the Marylebone Cricket Club are the traditional guardians of the laws of cricket, and have produced a paper regarding incidents of misbehaviour in cricket.
  • The paper seeks to \"arrest declining standards of player behaviour\".
  • Introducing yellow and red cards for varying degrees of on field offences could be officially introduced in the game.

Schools, universities and league bodies in the UK have been invited by the Marelybone Cricket Club (MCC) to participate in a trial period of matches which are expected to see the introduction of sin bins and red/yellow cards in the sport.

Producing a paper detailing the changes that the sport could see which intends to "arrest declining standards of player behavior" on the field, the trial could include penalty runs, yellow cards, red cards and sin bins.

The paper said -

"Whilst the majority of cricket is played in a competitive but fair spirit, there are some players, or even teams, whose behaviour is below what is expected for cricket."

"Indeed, five matches in the UK had to be abandoned in 2015, following outbreaks of violence."

The initiative is being undertaken by the MCC ahead of a new code of laws that is set to be published next year.

The measures during the trial period include -

  • Players being sent off after receiving a red card for threatening behaviour or language towards another player or umpire.
  • A yellow card could be received for a similiar offence, subject to the nature of the incident with the player also being sat out for ten minutes in the 'sin bin'.
  • Time wasting, bowlers bowling dangerously in a deliberate fashion and dissent towards players and officials will also be punished as per new norms.

First published: 11 February 2016, 5:45 IST