Should We Keep The Microscope on the Law of Over-rate

The over-rate is such an controversial product specially in Test Cricket.

“Time is the wisest counselor of all.”  The proverb could disclose the importance of hours, minutes and seconds. The most valuable thing a human being can think of spending for is time; once it’s gone, it’s gone; you can never make up the lost time. In every part and parcel of our life whether in studies, sports or any other activity; when you are just about to finish the job, you realize the power of maintaining the right time.

There have been so many laws and rules, formed by the ICC to keep the right motion of the game. Those rules are really ideal keeping in mind the circumstances of the present era. So, in Test matches, the bowling unit should bowl 15-overs per hour, in case of ODI & T-20s, you are expected to bowl your full quota of overs in 3 and half hours and 90mins respectively, as the rules speak on. Now, the good part in the rules is that you will get the free time for drinks break, injury problems or decision-pending and so more.

The Boring Drawn Port-of-Spain Test:

Some of the old data of test match cricket proves how a slow-over rate could draw a fine line between the win and draw. The 2002 Port of Spain test saw the immense frustration of the Indians due to the long fifth-wicket stand for two long hours. The most disappointment was the failure of securing an outright win and that too for the short of 18overs by the opponents across their two-bowling innings.

In the ODI and T-20s, the problem generally occurs for the fans, who need to head back to their home late night. The Indian Premier League throughout its career had games taking more than 4-hours to finish moving its existence to the next day. It’s tough for the players and match-officials, broadcasters and for so many people who are connected with the game, to go back to the hotel and be ready in less than 24-hours.

8-Hours of ODI Game:

The recent slow over-rate intense in the first ODI game between AUS & IND has provided some new life to the plants of deadly jungle.

It went for more than 8-hours giving birth to so many suggestions and critics from the former players all around the globe. Definitely, the length of time might push you to think the game as a ridiculous one, but sometimes you require to have a closer look at the craziest situations. The weather on that day in Sydney was the hottest what made inroads for an extra drinks break. Also playing an One-day game after so much time due to you know what (COVID-19), was making it tough to get in the old shape for the cricketers.

Shane Warne Have His Advice:

Speaking at the ‘Fox-Cricket’, the veteran leg-spinner Shane Warne slams the fielders for not getting back to the mark in time. “I don’t think it’s so much bowling the overs, it’s more or less in between overs fluffing around.” He went on to deliver some advices to the ICC for making an observe and taking strict decisions. “I think (a penalty of) 25runs per over you are down (on the allocated time). For instance, with India bowling first today, if by the allotted time they only bowled 46-overs, that’s how many overs they get to bat. So, whatever the target is, you take off those overs.” Not sure, whether Warne would provide the same in his playing days or be happy hearing it from others.

But if you want you can squash some juice from the dry fruits. And the debate on over-rate divided into two routes when ICC started to ban players on their offence of slow-rate. Yes, it should occur but not for all those tests when the game set before the set time. South African test captain Faf Du Plessis received the ban from their 3rd test against the touring Pakistan after filling the box of the demerit points. Talking to the commentators, he had agreed that 12overs per over is really slow. “I agree that it’s too slow, but a combination of lot of things: wickets. huddles…” said Faf, who was so sad to leave his team in that series. “It’s difficult…four seamers attack…they can’t really sprint back to their mark.”

Faf du Plessis Has his Own Say:

Now, the calculation done by Du Plessis was quite right. He thought that they had bowled their opponents twice in 120 odd overs with 2-days left. So, many comments from all around the world had spice up the scenario nicely. “I think if you win the test whether it finish in 3-days or 4-days, no body should be pinned.” Suggested Former Pakistan player and current renowned commentator Ramiz Raza in the same show.

But, what the captains do now?? Will they think of getting an extra-spinner in the team or should they think of bowling with a part-timer? In the recent concluded Melbourne test, India on Day 4 had an excellent and surprising over-rate of 17.3 odd per hour as Ashwin & Jadeja was continuously operating from one end. But, when you look at the West Indies in their glorified eras, they could hardly finish their full quota of overs in a day with four fastest bowlers. “I think you are compromising the quality of the game if you do things like this.” Stated Michael Holding generating light on the huge difference between quality and quantity.

But, the rules of ICC keep on saying that there is a number of games of slow over-rate offence and then they decide to ban the leader. “I think you gonna paint the right picture there.” Commented South African all-rounder Shaun Pollock. “It wasn’t that test match that Faf was banned for.”

Jason Holden too Joins the Conversation:

Just like that, West Indies captain Jason Holder had got ban after securing victory against England in 3-days. It’s quite tough to realize, because as a fan, I can’t want overs only, I just want to enjoy the fight between bat & ball. And if I get it, I am satisfied. The best team should always come first.

And now, after the new edition of World Test Championship, ICC has decided to leave the rule of making the captain ban rather than cutting four crucial points from the Championship. And of late, Australia who was handed the loss by the Indians in 4-days has fined four points, what can in a way be the difference. You never know; funny things happen with the game.

Now, we can only sit back and hope of getting a practical rule on Slow-Over-Rate by the International Cricket Council in the upcoming days and you can leave you thoughts of making a better rule on the offence.

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