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Why The Size Of Cricket Bats Had To Be Reined In By The New Cricket Laws — “Laws Of Cricket 2017 Code”.

by Anura Guruge


This picture, featuring my hero Barry Richards,
who I knew well, from my days as a Hampshire County Cricket Club member,
tells it ALL.

From cricinfo @ espncricinfo.com. Click to ENLARGE.


The new bats were just getting TOO BIG in terms of thickness and bulk.

As I said last night, the width permitted by the new law, the 2017 Code of Cricket, still allows for bats 1″ thicker than the last bat I owned.


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New Cricket Laws — “Laws Of Cricket 2017 Code” — Came Into Play, September 28, 2017.

by Anura Guruge


To read this MCC provided summary as PDF, click image to go the Lord’s website.


To download the “2017 Code” as a PDF — click image. I had to create this PDF since the MCC download, at least for now, is as a Word document! OK? Got that? This is a PDF I created from the MCC original.


A brief introduction to the new Laws by the MCC. Click image to access official document.


Click for the cricinfo summary of the new laws.


These new laws, the “Laws of Cricket 2017 Code” came into effect September 28, 2017 — the day that two Test matches started: Pakistan v Sri Lanka & South Africa v Bangladesh.

To be honest I just found out about them while watching highlights of those matches. I had heard about some of these proposed Laws BUT had not realized that they had been approved and were coming into play in September 2017.

  • Limiting the thickness of a bat’s edge to 1.58″ is interesting — along with ensuring that it cannot be more than 2.6″ thick at any point.
    I still have the last bat that I bought, c. 1983 (so it is ~34 years old). It is a ‘Duncan Fearnley’ (which has tried up a tad over the decades). I measured the edge, 0.75″. Thickness, 1.5″! Wow.
  • Tethering the bails to the wicket could be interesting. I am not really sure that there ever was a desperate need for this. We will see.
  • Wow! Players can be sent off for misconduct! Wonder who will be the first to get sent off.
  • DRS rules changed. “Umpire’s Call” will not result in a loss of a review, BUT in Test matches the reviews are NOT RESET back to 2 each after 80-overs! Pakistan, already on Day 1, lost both their reviews.

Interesting stuff.


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